Nothing fails to warm my cockles and get the loose change in my wallet dancing about to be spent quite like Record Store Day. If the whole festival wasn’t good enough, Secret 7" is in their third year of bringing together a holy union of artists and musicians and have just announced some big-name creatives who have contributed artwork for this exciting project.
We were lucky enough to be invited to help comb through the thousands of designs sent in to this year’s Secret 7" and were blown away by the sheer volume of incredible artwork. As well as members of the public, some famous artists were asked to contribute some sleeves: Jeremy Deller, Sir Paul Smith, Modern Toss, and Sir Antony Gormley all contributed to this good cause, meaning some lucky customers are going to take home some very special artwork this year indeed.
The guys at Secret 7" and The Vinyl Factory have also made a little video interviewing some of the artists including Alex Chinneck, Fred Butler and Stanley Donwood about their submissions and the cause in question which you can check out below.
If you don’t already know, Secret 7" is a project that, for the past two years, has taken some of the world’s best-loved songs and asked people to design record sleeves for specially printed vinyl. The 700 or so records are then displayed in a sellout exhibition in Mother London where they can be bought for £45 each on Record Store Day with all proceeds going to War Child. The only catch is that the buyer will not know which song they are buying, or who created the sleeve until they get it home and play it. This year’s songs were as follows: Age of Reason by Black Sabbath, Grounds for Divorce by Elbow, Strange Creatures by Jake Bugg, Team by Lorde, Karmacoma by Massive Attack, Virginia Plain by Roxy Music and Get it On by T-Rex.
You can see all the artwork on offer over here at the online gallery, just make sure you get to Mother London early on the 19 April to snap up your favourite!
- Take the Jack Sachs animated tour of the Tate Britain, and meet his odd CG characters along the way
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ paintings are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris dissect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich