Like the continued presence of Ken Barlow on Coronation Street, Crufts, and the determination to make the most of a day at the seaside on a sodden July afternoon, Desert Island Discs is a British institution to be proud of.
The long-running BBC Radio 4 show gives loyal listeners a weekly glimpse into the must-have accompaniments of household names if isolated on a desert island. This Sunday gone (6 January 2019) it was the much-loved artist Jeremy Deller who found himself whisked away to a remote atoll with nothing but eight records, a book of their own choosing, the Bible, and the _ Complete Works of Shakespeare_ for company.
The Turner Prize winner used his session with new host Lauren Laverne – who has temporarily replaced Kirsty Young in late 2018 – to premiere a brand new piece of work. Nestled in amongst his other musical selections, which included records by Sweet, Willie Nelson, and the KLF, was a previously unheard cover version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by Melodians Steel Orchestra. Deller commissioned the South London based steel orchestra to cover Laughing Len’s Shrek-approved ballad especially for Desert Island Discs.
Anyone looking for a more-than-pleasant way to ease back into the working week would do well to zip over to the BBC Radio 4 website and listen back to Deller’s chosen discs.
- Caterina Bianchini on her three processes when designing posters
- Friday Mixtape: illustrator pals Jan Buchczik and Timo Lenzen on their studio tunes
- B.A.M's new identity for White Cube is an “evolution rather than a revolution”
- Mosh Pit Simulator, perhaps the craziest VR game yet, launches later this month
- Fantastic Man releases What Men Wear, an anthology of male dressing in the 21st Century
- Interior Lives documents the unassimilated lives of the largest Chinese population outside of Asia
- An egg beats Kylie Jenner to become the most liked Instagram photo... ever
- Mastercard reveals new nameless logo courtesy of Michael Bierut
- Sam Youkilis uses scale, form and colour to challenge the tropes of travel photography
- Betina Du Toit's naturally-beautiful images are “stripped back from the non-essential”
- Giacomo Gambineri on shifting his creative career from graphic designer to illustrator
- Hiroki Nishiyama draws on traditional graphic design techniques in his illustration practice