With the recent boom in vinyl sales there's been an increased interest in the accompanying sleeve artwork - something a 99p iTunes download will always struggle to match. Amongst my own purchases there was one label's designs that made me sit up and take notice and that's Martyn's 3024 records.
I only own a handful of 3024 releases but those I do own, by Jon Convex and Redshape, are striking not just because of the music but also because of their sleeves. I'd describe them as pop art meets street art via cut and paste collaging.
After a few Google searches on sleeve artists - which also threw up an interesting interview with Optigram, the man behind sleeves for Hyperdub, Warp and Planet Mu - I found the man responsible for 3024's distinctive look: Dutch artist Jeroen Erosie.
Reading his website - erosie.net - and scanning the examples of his work only made me want to see more and his Blogspot and Flickr pages are well worth spending some time on if you're as interested in this sort of thing as I am.
Luckily for me 3024 release some great music so buying their records because I want the next Erosie sleeve as much as the track it gives a home to isn't as financially wasteful as it could be.