The best record sleeves of the past year

Dan Hillier’s sleeve design for Royal Blood’s debut album has been named as the best record cover design of 2014 in a public vote.

Art Vinyl has been running its Best Art Vinyl award for ten years and this year tens of thousands of people voted in the poll.

Hillier’s design is based on an artwork he created called Pachamama, which was developed following a visit to Peru in which the artist sat in a ceremony with master shamans in the Amazon.

Hillier says: “Pachamama is a Quechuan [native South American] word meaning World Mother, or Earth Mother.  We are in desperate need of rediscovering our respect for her. Pachamama is profound intelligence and love manifesting as the apparentworld, giving birth to everything, including us.

“Royal Blood approached me in the summer to make a new picture for their debut album, and then decided they wanted to use this piece, and it’s been lovely to see how far and wide it has appeared.”

In second place in the Art Vinyl vote was the cover for FKA Twigs’s LP1, with artwork by Jesse Kanda, and third-placed was Future Islands’s Singles, which features cover art by Beth Hoeckel and design by Matt de Jong.

You can see the rest of the shortlist below.















































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  • Neville Godwin November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    For me it’s La Roux’s Trouble in Paradise. Not only won of the best pure pop albums of recent years but the artwork, especially on the gatefold is stunning.

  • Simon Wilson November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    SOHN is my favorite here, but even though I am not a huge fan of the Foo Fighters cover I always end up looking at it for the longest time

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