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Patterns

Author: Colin | Published: 26/3/11

Once in a blue moon, I like to look over the Hard Format homepage and observe its chance congruences – there’s the three gesturing hands close by each other, the two skulls alternating with two faces, the two Victorian-era images and so on. With the publication today of a post on Second Language’s Minute Papillon, we have the homepage’s most striking coincidence yet – three yellow designs each with strong circular motifs… Can you spot any others?

Minute Papillon

Author: Colin | Published: 26/3/11
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Minute Papillon

Minute Papillon

Minute Papillon

Minute Papillon

Minute Papillon

Minute Papillon

Minute Papillon

Artist Martin Hall, Gareth S Brown, Cédric Pin, ( r ), Pete Astor, Franck Alba, Hannah Peel, Opiate, Wixel, Jannick Schou, Xela, Dollboy, Ellis Island Sound, Jenny Brand, James Brewster , Jasper TX, sanso-xtro , Roll the Dice, Plinth, Ensemble, Directorsound, Textile Ranch, The Home Current , Darren Hayman, Heather Woods Broderick, Fieldhead, Olivier Namblard, M. Ostermeier, Felix Kubin, ISAN, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Gareth Dickson, Ark Of Noise, Relmic Statute, micro boredom, Ringinglow, Offthesky, Lene Charlotte Holm, brave timbers, Richard Moult, Tyneham House, Clem Leek, Isnaj Dui, Fureasteen, Junkboy, Rickard Jäverling, Primitive Northerner, Seasons (pre-din), Danny Norbury, Winter Cabin , d_rradio, Hybernation, Will Long, The Boats, Dustin O’Halloran, 30Km Inland, Dirk Markham, Message To Bears, P Jørgensen
Title 60 different titles – too many to type!
Label Second Language
Year 2011
Design Design by Glen Johnson and Jeff Treader; cover art/photography by Eva Rothschild
Music Would you settle for musical cornucopia? Eclectic whistle-stop tour?
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Notes Thank goodness Second Language had the artist listing on their website, the thought of peering through that magnifying glass and typing was almost overwhelming… That aside, with Minute Papillon Second Language have clearly done it again. If you’re wondering what that ‘it’ is, then perhaps you should check out their other releases (see the ‘Also’ section towards the bottom of this post).

Here is a label that puts imagination and wonder back into music packaging where so many others resort only to graphic design without thinking about the possibilities of what might be done.

Listen This podcast [mp3] was produced by the label to accompany Minute Papillon and contains some tracks from the actual release. Track details on the label’s website (it’s Podcast 08).
Also - Klima – Serenades and Serinettes
- Vertical Integration
- Dollboy – Ghost Stations
- Ghostwriter – The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association

Vaughan Oliver’s selling some of his archive

Author: Colin | Published: 21/3/11
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POSTER 1: front (double sided)
Originally designed for Pixies: Minotaur box set
photography: Simon Larbalestier
10 SIGNED personal copies available as I open up my archives
£120.00 plus postage and packing

That’s one example, there’s more:

Vaughan Oliver on Facebook

Mo’ Wax – As One, Keyboard Money Mark

Author: Colin | Published: 19/3/11
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As One - Planetary Folklore

As One - Planetary Folklore

As One - Planetary Folklore

As One - Planetary Folklore

As One - Planetary Folklore

As One - Planetary Folklore

Keyboard Money Mark - Marks Keyboard Repair

Keyboard Money Mark - Marks Keyboard Repair

Keyboard Money Mark - Marks Keyboard Repair

Keyboard Money Mark - Marks Keyboard Repair

Keyboard Money Mark - Marks Keyboard Repair

Keyboard Money Mark - Marks Keyboard Repair

Artist 1-6: As One; 7-12: Keyboard Money Mark
Title 1-6: Planetary Folklore; 7-12: Mark’s Keyboard Repair
Label Mo’ Wax
Year 1-6: 1997; 7-12: 1995
Design 1-6: Ben Drury; 7-12: Ben Drury and Will Bankhead
Music 1-6: Electronic Jazz; 7-12: Homemade funk
Notes Second and final post on Mo’ Wax, at least for the time being. For general comments about the Mo’ Wax packaging, see previous post. These two designs show two different, but equally engaging approaches – the former is all Op Art, earnest sleevenotes and hidden imagery, the latter laconic humour and lo-fi scribble. Both remain impressive 15+ years after their release.
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Also - Mo’ Wax – Urban Tribe, DJ Shadow

Mo’ Wax – Urban Tribe, DJ Shadow

Author: Colin | Published: 12/3/11
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Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

DJ Shadow - Entroducing.....

DJ Shadow - Entroducing.....

DJ Shadow - Entroducing.....

DJ Shadow - Entroducing.....

DJ Shadow - Entroducing.....

DJ Shadow - Entroducing.....

Artist 1-7: Urban Tribe; 8-13: DJ Shadow
Title 1-7: The Collapse of Modern Culture; 8-13: Endtroducing…..
Label Mo’ Wax
Year 1-7: 1998; 8-13: 1996
Design Will Bankhead and Ben Drury (corrected)
Music 1-7: post-techno/electronica; 8-13: instrumental hiphop
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Notes Mo’ Wax was a ’90s label founded and directed by James Lavelle. In its lifetime it was tremendously fashionable and released some brilliant music, much of it in the post-hiphop area. It went into decline once Lavelle sold the label to major label A&M. Its most famous signing and album was DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing….., but almost as famous were the two Headz compilations, both adorned by artwork created by Massive Attack’s 3D. Other artists on its roster included Dr Octagon, DJ Krush, Money Mark, Luke Vibert, Liquid Liquid and UNKLE.

I’ll hang my head in shame and confess that I own no Mo’ Wax vinyl. However, the six or seven CDs I have are almost all wonderful miniature card sleeves – the exception being the Dr Octagon jewel-case. It’s a format clearly inspired by Japanese reissues, but taken in its own distinctive direction in a variety of imaginative ways by Will Bankhead and Ben Drury. That the card sleeves have gradually become worn only adds to their tactile attraction. Tactility is a key element of the Mo’ Wax experience: just the choice of the material for the protective inner sleeve of the DJ Shadow release is a delight in its interaction with the disc and the outer sleeve. Really.

Other designers associated with the label include Futura 2000 and Will Bankhead. Bankhead now designs some of the artwork for Honest Jon’s Records, including albums by the Moritz Von Oswald Trio and archival rereleases by Moondog.

Another post in the near future will feature two more Mo’ Wax releases.

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