Doing It In Lagos – Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria

FRONT COVER: Art direction, illustration & custom typography. Printed on gloss card; CMYK with gold metallic Pantone. ’12 June 1979, Comiskey Park, Chicago. Disco Demolition Night. The spectacle of the public dynamiting of disco records by a howling stadium-ful of beer-chugging hard rock meatheads. The official end of the disco era. The consecration of “Disco […]

Bitori, Legend of Funaná

LP cover for Analog Africa’s release of music by Victor ‘Bitori’ Tavares. Plus accompanying 10 Year Anniversary poster for Analog Africa:

Howling Hops // Beer Labels

Howling Hops started out in the cellar of my local pub, the Cock Tavern, so it was a truly happy moment when they – alongside design agency Tinder & Sparks – coincidentally approached me to work with them on their branding. Not just because I love their beers. Ahem. And what’s more, it transpired their […]

Zouk: An Introduction

Illustrations for Zouk: an Introduction, written by Hugo Mendez for the Red Bull Music Academy.

Gilles Peterson presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra

Cover design for this selection of Sun Ra by Gilles Peterson. More info on the Strut site here.

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

Pat Thomas is a living legend of Ghanaian Highlife, as are many of the musicians that play on this record – such as Ralph Karikari, who was behind the outstanding basslines of Dr. K Gyasi’s Noble Kings; Osei Tutu, trumpet player of Hedzoleh Soundz; and Tony Allen, who needs no introduction. But equally exiting is […]

Sun Ra and His Arkestra – In the Orbit of Ra

Sun Ra and His Arkestra, ‘In The Orbit of Ra’ – Art direction and design A huge honour to have been brought on board to create the artwork for this Marshall Allen-curated compilation of music from Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Released on Strut in collaboration with Art Yard records, In the Orbit of Ra […]

A Bright Moon for Fools // Jasper Gibson

A Bright Moon for Fools is the debut novel by Jasper Gibson, a bilious comedy set in Venezuela in which the central figure (‘part Jim Royale, part Ignatius P. Reilly, part Oliver Reed’) embarks on a mission to escape ‘The Rot’ of modern life in the Western world and start afresh. Quite apart from being […]

The Cake Shop Bakery // Relaunch Identity

I was asked by The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge, Suffolk, to take care of the visual identity for the shop’s relaunch in February 2013. The bakery, run by the Wright family for over 70 years, has been central to the town’s life since 1946. The relaunch was to coincide with the passing of the […]

Soundway // Ondatrópica

Ondatrópica is an all-star project coordinated by Will “Quantic” Holland and Mario Galeano of Frente Cumbiero. Although – with its staunchly analogue aesthetic and the use of original equipment in the legendary Discos Fuentes studio in Medellín – the record seeks to bring the traditional Cumbia, Porro and Bomba music of Colombia to the fore […]