The best record sleeves of the year

Having released some of 2013’s biggest-selling records, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Daft Punk are now among artists in the running for the Best Art Vinyl 2013 prize.

Now in its ninth year, Art Vinyl puts record sleeve designs to a public vote in an effort to find the year’s best cover.

A 50-strong shortlist has been drawn up, with big-name pop stars alongside lesser-known groups such as FYRNASK,  Ras G and Pissed Jeans. Designers on the shortlist include Big Active, Leif Podhajsky and YES.

Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps suggests that the award is ‘possibly the most credible end-of-year award, where the artistic merits of the completely unknown can sit alongside big names in music – albeit in celebration of their visual identity’.

You can see the full shortlist here:

!!! - Thr!!ler - Photography by Chase Jarvis. Design by James Burton
!!! – Thr!!ler – Photography by Chase Jarvis. Design by James Burton

Adult - The Way Things Fall - esign by Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus
Adult – The Way Things Fall – esign by Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus

Atoms of Peace - Judge Jury and Executioner - Design by Stanley Donwood
Atoms of Peace – Judge Jury and Executioner – Design by Stanley Donwood

Babyshambles - Sequel to the Prequel - Artwork by Damien Hirst. Photography by Pennie Smith. Design by Paul Kennedy
Babyshambles – Sequel to the Prequel – Artwork by Damien Hirst. Photography by Pennie Smith. Design by Paul Kennedy

Bailterspace - Trinine - Design by John Foster at Bad People Good Things. Photography by Alister Parker and John Foster
Bailterspace – Trinine – Design by John Foster at Bad People Good Things. Photography by Alister Parker and John Foster

Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing - Photograph by Dave Summers and Balance and Composure. Design by Nick Steinhardt
Balance and Composure – The Things We Think We’re Missing – Photograph by Dave Summers and Balance and Composure. Design by Nick Steinhardt

Bibio - Silver Wilkinson - Photography and design by Stephen Wilkinson. Logo design by James Burton and Stephen Wilkinson
Bibio – Silver Wilkinson – Photography and design by Stephen Wilkinson. Logo design by James Burton and Stephen Wilkinson

Bo Ningen - Line the Wall - Design by Kohhei Matsuda
Bo Ningen – Line the Wall – Design by Kohhei Matsuda

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest - Design by Boards of Canada
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest – Design by Boards of Canada

Bonobo - The North Borders - Design by Leif Podhajsky
Bonobo – The North Borders – Design by Leif Podhajsky

Braids - Flourish Perish - Design by Marc Rimmer
Braids – Flourish Perish – Design by Marc Rimmer

Claude Vonstroke - Urban Animal - Illustration by Matt Goldman with MFG. Layout by Maz Pfiester
Claude Vonstroke – Urban Animal – Illustration by Matt Goldman with MFG. Layout by Maz Pfiester

Daft Punk - Get Lucky - Concept and art direction: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem- Christo, Cedric Hervet, Paul Hahn and Warren Fu
Daft Punk – Get Lucky – Concept and art direction: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem- Christo, Cedric Hervet, Paul Hahn and Warren Fu

Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Repent Replenish Repeat - Design by Paul Jackson
Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Repent Replenish Repeat – Design by Paul Jackson

Drenge - Drenge - Photography by John Parnell. Layout by Matthew Cooper
Drenge – Drenge – Photography by John Parnell. Layout by Matthew Cooper

Dutch Uncles - Out of Touch in the Wild - Design by Mark 'Eddy' Edwards at DR.ME
Dutch Uncles – Out of Touch in the Wild – Design by Mark ‘Eddy’ Edwards at DR.ME

Editors - The Weight of your Love - Artwork by Charles Emerson
Editors – The Weight of your Love – Artwork by Charles Emerson

Edwyn Collins - Understated - Illustrations, linocut and title typeface by Edwyn Collins. Back cover photograph by Hedi Slimane. Design by Rob Crane
Edwyn Collins – Understated – Illustrations, linocut and title typeface by Edwyn Collins. Back cover photograph by Hedi Slimane. Design by Rob Crane

Elton John - The Diving Board - Art direction and design by Mat Maitland at Big Active. Creative director for Elton John - Tony King. Photography by Tim Barber
Elton John – The Diving Board – Art direction and design by Mat Maitland at Big Active. Creative director for Elton John – Tony King. Photography by Tim Barber

Fainting by Numbers - Watching the Wheels/A Stone In The Ground - Design by Justus Kohncke
Fainting by Numbers – Watching the Wheels/A Stone In The Ground – Design by Justus Kohncke

Forest Swords - Engravings - Design by Matthew Barne
Forest Swords – Engravings – Design by Matthew Barne

FYRNASK - Eldir Nott - Design by Benjamin A Vierling, David D'Andrea and Christopher Duis
FYRNASK – Eldir Nott – Design by Benjamin A Vierling, David D’Andrea and Christopher Duis

Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain - Photography by Sophie Ebrard. Art direction and design by Alex Cowper and Andrew Bannister. Art direction and Commissioning by Naomi Gurdol
Gabrielle Aplin – English Rain – Photography by Sophie Ebrard. Art direction and design by Alex Cowper and Andrew Bannister. Art direction and Commissioning by Naomi Gurdol

Gold Panda - Trust - Design by Andy Gilmore. Layout by Michael Cina
Gold Panda – Trust – Design by Andy Gilmore. Layout by Michael Cina

Goldfrapp - Tales of Us - Creative direction by Alison Goldfrapp and Mat Maitland. Design by Mat Maitland at Big Active. Photography by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen
Goldfrapp – Tales of Us – Creative direction by Alison Goldfrapp and Mat Maitland. Design by Mat Maitland at Big Active. Photography by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen

Houndmouth - From the Hills Below the City - Image from Stuart B Werge Indiana History Room, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Logo by Allie Mack
Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City – Image from Stuart B Werge Indiana History Room, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Logo by Allie Mack

Iron and Wine - Ghost on Ghost - Photography by Barbara Crane. Frame photographs by Jason Varney. Interior Photograph by Craig Kief. Art Direction and Design by The Head of State & Sam Beam
Iron and Wine – Ghost on Ghost – Photography by Barbara Crane. Frame photographs by Jason Varney. Interior Photograph by Craig Kief. Art Direction and Design by The Head of State & Sam Beam

Kitchens of Distinction - Folly - Design by Karl Harris
Kitchens of Distinction – Folly – Design by Karl Harris

Moondoggies - Adios I'm a Ghost - Design by Drew Christie
Moondoggies – Adios I’m a Ghost – Design by Drew Christie

Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth - Design by Leif Podhajsky
Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth – Design by Leif Podhajsky

Out Cold - Invasion of Love - Design by Thomas Caslin
Out Cold – Invasion of Love – Design by Thomas Caslin

Paul McCartney - New - Logo and cover concept by Rebecca and Mike. Consultancy and design by YES. Cover image by Ben Ib.
Paul McCartney – New – Logo and cover concept by Rebecca and Mike. Consultancy and design by YES. Cover image by Ben Ib.

Phil France - The Swimmer - Design by Philip Kay
Phil France – The Swimmer – Design by Philip Kay

Pissed Jeans - Honeys - Illustrations by Edward Kinsella III. Layout by Dusty Summers
Pissed Jeans – Honeys – Illustrations by Edward Kinsella III. Layout by Dusty Summers

Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork - Design by Boneface
Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork – Design by Boneface

Ras G - Back on the Planet - Artwork by Ras Terms. Design and layout by Stephen Serrato. Photography by Theo Jemison
Ras G – Back on the Planet – Artwork by Ras Terms. Design and layout by Stephen Serrato. Photography by Theo Jemison

Sweet Baboo - Ships - Design by Casey Raymond
Sweet Baboo – Ships – Design by Casey Raymond

The Flaming Lips - The Terror - Design and layout by George Salisbury Who Is Particle?
The Flaming Lips – The Terror – Design and layout by George Salisbury Who Is Particle?

The Handsome Family - Wilderness - Artwork by Rennie Sparks. Layout and design Rennie Sparks and Sheila Sachs
The Handsome Family – Wilderness – Artwork by Rennie Sparks. Layout and design Rennie Sparks and Sheila Sachs

The Leisure Society - Alone Aboard the Arc - Design by Owen Davey
The Leisure Society – Alone Aboard the Arc – Design by Owen Davey

These New Puritans - Field of Reeds - Design by George Barnett and Matthew Cooper, assisted by Paul Street. Drawings by Jack Barnett. Band photography Willy Vanderperre
These New Puritans – Field of Reeds – Design by George Barnett and Matthew Cooper, assisted by Paul Street. Drawings by Jack Barnett. Band photography Willy Vanderperre

Tindersticks - Across Six Leap Years - Design by Rob Duke
Tindersticks – Across Six Leap Years – Design by Rob Duke

Tunng - Turbines - Design by Vanessa Da Silva
Tunng – Turbines – Design by Vanessa Da Silva

Van Dyke Parks - Songs Cycled - Illustration by Kenton Nelson
Van Dyke Parks – Songs Cycled – Illustration by Kenton Nelson

Washed Out - Paracosm - Artwork by Sara Cwynar. Art direction by Ernest Greene. Photography by Shae DeTar. Design by Sasha Bar and Jeff Kleinsmith.
Washed Out – Paracosm – Artwork by Sara Cwynar. Art direction by Ernest Greene. Photography by Shae DeTar. Design by Sasha Bar and Jeff Kleinsmith.

White Lies - Big TV - Art Direction by Gerard Saint and Markus Karlsson. Painting by Michael Kagan
White Lies – Big TV – Art Direction by Gerard Saint and Markus Karlsson. Painting by Michael Kagan

Wild Combination - Pulses - Artwork and design by Poppy Beckwith
Wild Combination – Pulses – Artwork and design by Poppy Beckwith

Yo La Tengo - Fade - Design by Mark Ohe. Photography by Carlie Armstrong. Drawing Roscoe Finkel
Yo La Tengo – Fade – Design by Mark Ohe. Photography by Carlie Armstrong. Drawing Roscoe Finkel

Zachary Cale - Blue Rider - Design and original sculpture by Ryan Johnson
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider – Design and original sculpture by Ryan Johnson

Zomby - With Love - Layout by Philip Laslett. Photography by Dany Evans
Zomby – With Love – Layout by Philip Laslett. Photography by Dany Evans

Voting on Art Vinyl 2014 begins today at www.bestartvinyl.com and also at Malmaison hotels in London, Oxford, Birmingham and Liverpool, which will host exhibitions of the shortlist.

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