The Top 50 Album Covers of 2017

Art Vinyl has released the top 50 nominees for their annual record cover artwork competition, and here’s a little taste tester.

Now in its thirteenth year, the competition selects the best 50 record sleeves of the year as chosen by a mixture of industry vets and past winners, which include the creators of records for Royal Blood, Klaxons, and Thom Yorke (the latter designed by none other than our #56 guest editor, Stanley Donwood).

The lineup of artists this year includes MC favourite Jonathan Zawada for Temples’ record Volcano and multi-disciplinary genius Jason Galea for his set design style cover for King Gizz’ Sketches of Brunswick East (who’s also behind the band’s free POLYGONDWANALAND album artwork), as well as Jamie Hewlett from Gorillaz for Humanz, Julien Baker for Turn Out the Lights, and Isabel Munoz-Newsome from Puma Rosa for The Witch.

Among the 50 nominees is Bonobo’s sixth studio album Migration, created by photographer Neil Krug in the Mojave Desert. The album artwork is a Mars-like, otherworldly aesthetic, punctured with vivid plumes of smoke seemingly rising out of nowhere (created in a black box in his LA studio then altered with CGI). The album artwork extends to Krug’s music video for Bonobo’s track ‘Break Apart‘, a haunting visual journey through an alien landscape.

Check out all the nominees on Art Vinyl and vote for your favourites here

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives. Artwork by Frank Lebon
Beck – Colors. Artwork by Jimmy Turrell and Steve Stacey
Bonobo – Migration. Artwork by Neil Krug
Gorillaz – Humanz. Artwork by Jamie Hewlett
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights. Artwork by Julien Baker
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East. Artwork by Jason Galea
Run The Jewels – RTJ3. Artwork by Timothy Saccenti
Four Tet – New Energy. Artwork by Matthew Cooper
Puma Rosa – The Witch. Artwork by Isabel Munoz-Newsome
Temples – Volcano. Artwork by Jonathan Zawada
Soulwax – From Dewee

If record sleeves are your thing, check out MC guest editor Stanley Donwood tell us the previously untold tales behind Radiohead’s nine album covers here.

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