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 […]

Soundway // Highlife On The Move

LP & CD cover design for this massive collection of 50s & 60s highlife, mambo, jazz & calypso recorded in Lagos and London, plus restored label for the bonus 45 featuring the first recordings of Fela Kuti. Thanks as always to Meurig of Reesource for a fantastic layout job. Buy from the Soundway Records website […]

The Sound of Siam Vol. 2

Artwork for the second volume of Chris Menist and Maft Sai’s curation of Mo Lam & Luk Thung from Thailand, to accompany the cover for volume one. Available on double LP, CD & digital.

Ibibio Sound Machine

A very enjoyable departure from my usual design fare, Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut album – and accompanying single Let’s Dance (Yak Inek Unek) – both required something that reflected the music’s angular, disco sound, featuring the band’s frontwoman Eno Williams. Williams provided the Ibibio-related design in the fabric she wore, so my main job was […]

Soundway // Kenya Special
Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s

Latest in Soundway’s long-running …Special series, released on double CD, triple vinyl LP and bonus seven-inch.

Family Atlantica // S/T

Artwork + logotype for Family Atlantica’s joyous, cosmic, incendiary debut album on Soundway Records. Watch them play album track ‘Manicero’ live:

DrumTalk // Airbourne EP

Artwork for DrumTalk‘s debut EP on Soundway. Read more about the release and hear clips on the Soundway site.

Soundway // Konkoma

Cover design & logotype. Read about the band and the release.

Soundway // Batida

Album artwork direction and design for new Soundway signing Batida. From the Soundway site: Batida is ‘the brainchild of Angolan / Portuguese DJ Mpula aka Pedro Coquenão. Batida combine samples from old 1970s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music … What originally started out as a radio show designed to promote new African music […]

Soundway // The Original Sound of Cumbia

Art direction/illustrations for compilation of cumbia 78s and 45s.

Soundway Records // Dancing Time

Poster for upcoming party in Hackney, London for Soundway Records.

Soundway // Special Edition Singles

Two illustrations as part of an upcoming special edition 7″ single series on Soundway. The above is for Andre Tanker’s ‘River Come Down’, one of the two tracks by the Trinidadian presented on the 7. The other (below) is for a 3 x 45 set of music from Lucho Bermúdez y Su Orquesta, who also […]

Soundway // Cartagena!

Sleeve artwork for this (absolutely rapturous) compilation of big band dance music from 60s Colombia. More on the Soundway website.

Soundway // The Sound of Siam

Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975 Outer sleeve artwork and design. Read more about this release on the Soundway site. The artwork is also available as limited edition screen prints, and on tee shirts, exquisitely printed by the brilliant I Dress Myself – shipping early December 2010. Click the images below […]

Soundway // Ghana Special

Design and layout for this 2xCD hardback book & 5xLP box set. Custom Letraset type and hand-drawn page decorations. Ghana Special is the sister release to Nigeria Special, and follow-on from the trailblazing Ghana Soundz releases. The CDs are cased in a 44-page hardback book, while the LP box set includes a 12-page 10″ booklet […]

Soundway Records Website

Design and build. The Soundway site is WordPress-driven, built so that all content is managed by the client through the WordPress admin. It has been constructed so that the label have complete control over all sections of the site. Features include a fully customisable front page, Catalogue management, podcast/radio section, gallery page, and events notice […]

Soundway // Tumbélé!

Art direction for this CD/double LP release of music from the French Caribbean in the Biguine, Bomba, Calypso, Gwo-ka, Meringue, Plena, Guaguanco and (of course) Tumbélé styles. Cover design using paper collage. Out now on Soundway Records.