A few years ago we did a post on the blog about some of our favourite pieces of album artwork. With record store day happening Saturday 18th we decided to feature some records that you may not be so familiar with but are equally as impressive visually (and audibly come to think of it).
Nine O’Clock Drop – Andrew Weatherall
Nine O’Clock Drop is a collection of the legendary DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall’s favourite electro inspired tracks from the first half of the 80’s. The songs chosen aren’t just the obvious early 80’s dance influenced choices that we’ve all heard a million times, but instead quite obscure which the artwork definitely cannote’s.
Afreaka! – Demon Fuzz
Afreaka! was the first album by the english funk bad Demon Fuzz. The sound is a mixture of triply soul, psychedelic, laze fusion and Latin Funk, and it certainly makes for an engaging listening experience. The artwork holds on to your attention just as strongly, giving a similarly powerful and controlled feel to the record itself.
Personal Space (Electronic Soul 1974 – 1984) – Various
Personal Space is the second compilation to get a mention on our list but we couldn’t ignore it. The music itself is seventeen tracks of often self produced underground electronic soul. This record is incredibly peaceful yet funky which you can’t help but appreciate and think how ahead of it’s time so much of it seems to be. The artwork is a picture by NASA astronaut Donald Pettit and ties into the futuristic cosmic vibe of the record.
Here To Stay – Darrell Banks
Tragically passing away at the age of thirty two Darrel Banks never reached the level of fame and respect that his work merited. A collection of superbly soulful ballads, it’s well worth a listen if you’re in the mood for some beautifully written crying songs. Not overly sure on the relation between the artwork and the record, but who cares, it looks so cool by itself.
Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride – Craig Bratley
We attended the launch party for this album back in October of last year at Manchester’s Antwerp Mansion so clearly have a lot of love for Craig and his willingness to take take on all the beauty of electro funk, punk funk, acid and balearic and throw it all together to make one well rounded and definitely danceable album. But put all that aside, there is no bias here. you have to say artwork for this album is truly fantastic. Even if you don’t have a record player it is well worth purchasing the 12″ of this purely for the way it looks, and the nice little tote bag that you get free with the record is just another incentive.