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Art Vinyl champions the vinyl renaissance

Art Vinyl champions the vinyl renaissance

Among the 50 nominated album sleeves in this year’s Art Vinyl Awards were two designed by Stylorouge; Kula Shaker’s K2.0 and Jake Bugg’s On My One. The award event took place on 5th January at a reception in the Hari Hotel, London SW1. Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor hooked up there with collaborators Kate Baylay, illustrator of the beautiful image for the Kula Shaker album, and Liverpool-based artist Nathan Pendlebury, whose work adorned Jake’s album and singles.
The sleeve for The Last Shadow Puppets’ Everything You’ve Come To Expect was voted the winner, which featured a vintage image of Tina Turner. Our congratulations to the sleeve’s designer Matthew Cooper.

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University talks

University talks

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Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor accepted invitations to give talks at two universities during January; on 18th he spoke about our creative process to a student body of graphic design students at Middlesex University and a week later to the MA Graphics course at Kingston University. Constructing talks such as this gives us the chance to look at our own work objectively and makes us realise that we’re not very nostalgic about the work we’ve done previously – it’s always more relevant and exciting to talk about our latest or current work.
Many thanks to course-leaders Andy Vella at Middlesex and Paul Postle at Kingston for the invitations.

George Michael

George Michael

It is with huge sadness that we add our own tribute to the millions of others following the news of George Michael’s untimely death. We had the pleasure of working with George on several occasions; memorably on covers for the early Wham singles and later on his phenomenal Faith album.
He was a remarkably generous and creative, gentle man. During our time working on a charity auction in recent years we asked him to sign a printers proof of a design to add value to the piece – he did so willingly and in addition he made the most generous donation to the charity himself.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

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From The Shires to The World…

From The Shires to The World…

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Now officially the UK’s fastest selling UK country artists, The Shires choose A Thousand Hallelujahs as the third single to be released from their chart album My Universe, and Stylorouge again are behind the design for the sleeve and the on-screen marketing. The TV commercial, created in-house at Stylorouge by Jamie Gibson, is given the social network updates following the album’s launch, which saw it nestle in comfortably at No.3 in the UK Album Chart.

A big year ahead for Show Of Hands

A big year ahead for Show Of Hands

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As 2016 comes to a close, Show Of Hands will be ending a busy year on a UK tour, knowing that 2017 will be even busier. In Easter they will be filling the Royal Albert Hall for the fifth time in their 25 year career together (2017 is the anniversary of the best-loved folk/roots three-piece duo in the land! – Anyone who has experience a show by Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes will understand what we’re on about).

A commemorative hardback book is planned for a simultaneous release which will document their achievements in words and images. Stylorouge have been appointed to co-curate and design this 200ish page tome. More news on that soon… in the meantime, they will launch a new website in January, by which time tickets for their Royal Albert Hall will probably be sold out. Visit showofhands.co.uk for details of how to order new Stylorouge-designed merch.

Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Hailing from Gibraltar, but based in London since 2001, Stephanie Rodriguez studied music and Italian at Anglia Ruskin University, and took her masters at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff – again specialising in Jazz voice. She discovered a love of music composition when she came to London and continues to evolve her own styling, marrying Jazz, Blues, Middle Eastern music, Latin Soul and Dance music. Her first EP ‘Crazy Game’ was recorded with producers TNR Productions and asked Stylorouge to set her up with a visual identity and a web presence to showcase her songs.

Check her music out at http://stephanierodriguezmusic.com

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K getting cooler

K getting cooler

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As Kula Shaker embark on a month of dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album K, the ultimate K experience gets a fan-only release; a boxed vinyl set of three albums – the original K, 2016’s studio triumph K2.0 and Kula Shaker Live In The East (End). Stylorouge have designed the collected package – titled Kompendium, the box is being launched exclusively through the band’s website in a strictly limited edition of 500. It doesn’t get much more kollectable than that…

As Seen on The Late Late Show

As Seen on The Late Late Show

Ireland’s legendary TV chat show The Late Late Show, hosted for the past 10 years or so by Ryan Tubridy is to release a double CD for Christmas in support of the charity SVP (Society of St. Vincent dePaul). The show has had guest performances by a host of musical artists over the years, so editing the final track list was something of a mission. Artists finally appearing on the album include Ed Sheeran, U2, Ellie Goulding, The Script and Michael Bublé.
Stylorouge were commissioned to create a sleeve for the charitable project.

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The pig flies again as Pink Floyd announce their V&A Exhibition

The pig flies again as Pink Floyd announce their V&A Exhibition

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Stylorouge were asked to create a website to launch Pink Floyd’s 2017 exhibition at London’s legendary V&A Museum. Following in the footsteps of the V&A’s major Bowie retrospective, Their Mortal Remains is described as a multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 60s through to the present day.

Opening on 13 May 2017, the show was launched to the media in a press conference at the V&A where the organisers re-enacted the album sleeve image of the band’s iconic Animals album, by floating an inflatable pig over the gothis splendour of the museum building, creating an unexpected photo-opportunity for unsuspecting tourists.

The small website includes all the pertinent information about the exhibition, built using the immortal visuals of Hipgnosis and adapting the branding designs of Peter Curzon. Stylorouge also created an animated version of the exhibition ident for presentation and viral use.

Fancy Pants <br/> A Play For Today by Difford and Hewerdine

Fancy Pants
A Play For Today by Difford and Hewerdine

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Our fruitful working relationship continues with Chris Difford, front man of Squeeze and Ivor Novello award-winning lyricist. He has co-written Fancy Pants, a musical narrative, (described variously as a Play On Words and a Play For Today), with fellow songwriter and one time main man of the revered British band The Bible, Boo Hewerdine.
Between them they have crafted a solid chassis of what is sure to become a high octane theatrical vehicle – (not sure where the motoring analogy came from there…). Currently in the form of a double album of fine quality narrative pop songs, Fancy Pants tells the story of how love comes along later in life to save a formerly famous prog-rock musician from a life of melancholic loneliness and obscurity in Margate. It’s taken a while to get to the point here, but, yes, Stylorouge have created the marketing imagery and packaging for the project. The album will be released in the summer, with a full theatrical production in the pipeline.

Mor heading into the Summer

Mor heading into the Summer

Born in Israel of mixed Persian and Moroccan parentage, Mor Karbasi created even more of a cultural melange when developing her music career by opting to write and sing in Spanish and Sephardic, the language of the exiled Jews of Spain. Her music is immersed in her fascination and respect for her historic Spanish ancestry…

Now based in Jerusalem she travels the world to record and perform live, and is likened to artists such as Mariza and Yasmin Levy, who is something of a musical role model for Mor.

She flew in to London last December to film a Rob O’Connor-directed video for the title track of her new album Ojos de Novia, and discuss the sleeve design, which has also been created by Stylorouge. (Design by Mark Higenbottam, photography by Rob O’Connor).

The album will be released ready for the Summer, during which Mor is planning a busy schedule of live shows, details of which are yet to be announced. 

Jake Bugg The Third

Jake Bugg The Third

Stylorouge were approached to design the new album cover for Jake Bugg’s third album, On My One. His brief was simple, but refreshingly open – he wanted to ring the changes and was determined to put art in place of his own face, so we set off in search of the right kind of art – something that was expressive and as honest and unpretentious as Jake himself. Something that suited the bitter-sweet content of Jake’s songs. From Manchester, via Liverpool, enter Nathan Pendlebury – an upcoming artist whose work is already heavily influenced by music. Jake invested in a few original Pendlebury’s, some of which were especially commissioned for the project.

The album is due for a June release, but pre-orders are already predictably high. A free track from the album, also entitled On My One, will be followed by the first single, Gimme The Love, which will be released as a double A sided 7 inch as well as digitally.

Look out for the details of the deluxe 12 inch vinyl which will be for sale on a direct-to-consumer basis only.

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Kula Shaker on the road again

Kula Shaker on the road again

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Another celebrated return to the live arena for Kula Shaker, who took to the road in February in support of their new album K2.0. Propelled by the momentum of enthusiastic reviews and sell-out shows, they are beginning to fill their festival season diaries with bookings far and wide, which is great, as Stylorouge have created content for their live  video projections, as part of the overall show production designed by Lighting Designer Tom Sheppard. The album itself is also available in a deluxe vinyl format, which includes individual music sheet-style inserts featuring manuscript and guitar tabs for each track on the album (also created at Stylorouge)   

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Inside job for Outside

Inside job for Outside

The Outside Organisation has been at the forefront of public relations in the UK since the 1970’s, and counts among its long-term clients David Bowie, AEG (Wembley Arena), David Beckham and Channel 4’s Big Brother TV programme. When looking for a re-brand and a new website they turned to Stylorouge. A new corporate identity has been created which adapted the company’s well established and respected marque and corporate colour, but added some sophisticted glitz and made it more compatible to the online world.
The new website which was also designed and built in-house at Stylorouge was officially launched on December 1st and is now a vibrant up-to-the-minute showcase of Outside’s PR and management activities.

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Extra special K for Kula Shaker

Extra special K for Kula Shaker

Kula Shaker burst on to the scene in 1996 with a fine album of sophisticated, exotic, psychedelic rock – full of hypnotic and memorable tunes. K reached No.1 in the UK charts, and was the fasting selling debut album at the time, setting them up as a standard-bearer for a new wave of psych-pop bands – and as festival favourites. 2016 sees the release of their fifth studio album, released through Warners in the UK and Sony in Japan on the band’s own StrangeF.O.L.K imprint. With a nod to the title of their highly praised debut, it goes under the name K2.0.
Working closely with front-man/founder Crispian Mills, Stylorouge have designed the sleeve for K2.0, with illustration by Kate Baylay.
The first single from the album, Infinite Sun is accompanied by a video clip produced by Stylorouge and directed by Crispian himself, that gets a premiere outing on NME on January 11th. The band will be touring from Feb 13th.

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