2014 ‘s Top 6 Labels for Coolest Artwork
With digital audio prevailing over records, some may feel the importance of album artwork is lost without having a tangible item to hold. But in a sea of tracks online, the visual impact of the artwork often connects with the eyes far before the sound hits the ear, and serves to visually entice a potential listener. Beautiful and memorable artwork such as these bridge the gap between both creative worlds of art and music. Several labels stand out as having a very distinct and instantly recognizable artwork style, with the quality of the art high enough to stand on its own. These are the labels with the most innovative, eye-catching, and creatively interesting artwork of 2014:
Last Night on Earth
The artwork accompanying releases on Sasha’s Last Night on Earth have a fragmented and dreamy style, with splashes of color contrasting an otherwise monochrome illustration of various urban scenes.
Life & Death
German label Innervisions, founded by Dixon and Ame, feature instantly recognizable colorful and abstract artwork.
Techno label Drumcode‘s dark and psychedelic artwork is beautifully detailed, with attention-grabbing pops of color. They also have an official merchandise store with their designs on shirts and cell phone cases.
Drawn by talented artist Azuldecobalt, the familiar uniquely-styled drawings that characterize the releases and fliers of Berlin-based label Steyoyoke contain brightly coloured, surreal, and bizarre character imagery. They too have a merchandise store featuring shirts and other items.
The Watergate mix series has gorgeously illustrated and dramatic psychedelic creatures on a dark backdrop.