A sneak peek of some of this year's best Secret 7" covers.
We missed Secret 7" when it took a year off for 2017, but the highlight of every art-loving vinylphile's calendar is back for 2018 in rude form, and yesterday June 7th Digital Arts were invited to a special preview event of all of this year's specially created covers, with our selection of the best designs available in this exclusive gallery.
Taking place this year at The Jetty by the waterfront of London's Greenwich Peninsula, Secret 7" offers as ever 100 originally designed sleeves each for seven tracks pressed onto 7" for the first time ever, giving buying punters the chance to go home with a randomly distributed work of art which nobody else will own.
Contributors to watch out for this year include big names like Modern Toss, Stanley Chow, Boneface, Es Devlin and rising stars of the likes of Bráulio Amado. As usual, sleeve designs come from the usual mix of fine artists, illustrators, designers and musicians.
Enjoy our previous coverage on Digital Arts to see works from previous years at Secret 7".
Image: some bunch of Tossers, we assume.
Check out the exhibition yourself at The Jetty until June 24th, when all the displayed records will go on sale. The Jetty offers a different sort of waiting experience this year, providing a nice backdrop of the River Thames for anybody waiting in line to grab one of the 700 exclusives on offer.
Each sleeve comes at £50 a pop, but purchasers won't know who the sleeve is by or even what track it's for until they buy. As always with Secret 7", all proceeds will be going to charity, with this year's cause being the mental health charity Mind.
The tracks that have been designed for this year are The Clash's I’m Not Down, Eurythmics' I Saved The World Today, Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should’ve Come Over, Jimi Hendrix's Castles Made of Sand, London Grammar's Help, Manic Street Preachers' No Surface All Feeling and Primal Scream's Damaged.
A fun design from the exhibition
A tastefully depicted orgy
This shamanic offering could be all yours on June 24th
No doubt there'll be tears on the day when all records sell out and you're still in the queue...
'Scuse me while I catch your eye
One of our favourites from this year, reminiscent of both Jean Jullien and Jamie Hewlett’s work for Gorillaz
Probably the most secretive of this year's covers
I think we all know who this is by (and not one of his many copyists)
The truth is out there
A fiery design for this record
Lovely colours on this one
Another colourful offering
Secret 7" always offers a surprising use of materials, and this cardboard-made sleeve is no exception
A bold truth
We loved this depiction of a sci-fi netherworld
Probably this year's most romantic cover
Trapped in the sleeve
A great pairing of covers