Exalt Records

July 2020

Design and artwork for Exalt Records since the label returned after a ten year hiatus in 2018.

All releases are white labels (with the exception of Exalt 007) with artwork as an insert. Most recent releases are at the top, catalogue numbers are in reverse order.

 

The Hidden Figure – Finality EP

The Hidden Figure – Finality EP (Exalt Records Special Edition 02)

Corrupted CCTV imagery feature on the artwork for this limited edition 12".

 

Morphology – Qualia EP cover
Morphology – Qualia EP
Morphology – Qualia EP insert

Morphology – Qualia EP (Exalt 005)

Full colour 12" paper insert with imagery inspired by their name.

 

Paul Hierophant ‎– Utopian Dystopias (Part Two) cover
Paul Hierophant ‎– Utopian Dystopias (Part Two) reissue with full size insert
Paul Hierophant ‎– Utopian Dystopias (Part Two) insert
Paul Hierophant ‎– Utopian Dystopias (Part Two) first pressing insert

Paul Hierophant ‎– Utopian Dystopias (Part Two) (Exalt 008.1)

The second Utopian Dystopias EP, this time we discussed a more optimistic mood for the artwork. Part One (shown further down the page) was fittingly dystopian, this one is more about hope. Also an important first use of colour on an insert, giving the sleeve an added dimension but still keeping the Exalt vibe. I love coming up with imagery when there's a solid concept behind a release and a story to interpret.

 

SCN1 – Daybreak EP postcard
SCN1 – Daybreak EP postcard insert with white ink on black card
SCN1 – Daybreak EP 7"

SCN1 ‎– Daybreak EP (Exalt 006)

Postcard insert for a limited edition two track 7", printed on black card with white ink. The front features graffiti artwork by Hanal, and ScanOne's own "tag" on the back.

 

Paul Heirophant – Utopian Dystopias (Part One)

Paul Hierophant ‎– Utopian Dystopias (Part One) (Exalt 008)

12" paper insert featuring a lone spaceship leaving a giant planet, is this the end or a new beginning?

 

Steven Rutter – Light From The Dark EP cover
Steven Rutter – Light From The Dark EP
Tracing paper insert with signed inner sleeve

Steven Rutter ‎– Light From The Dark EP (Exalt 009)

7" single colour insert printed on tracing paper for a two track EP from one half of B12 and the boss of FireScope Records. The title and atmospheres of the tracks gave me plenty of inspiration for the artwork.

 

Russ Gabriel – Planet Discovery insert

Russ Gabriel – Planet Discovery (Exalt 004)

A slight tip of the hat to Licensed To Ill and the Space Shuttle Discovery.

 

The Hidden Figure – Silhouettes cover
The Hidden Figure – Silhouettes side A label
Side A label design on the clear coke bottle vinyl option
The Hidden Figure – Silhouettes Side B label
Side B label design on the smokey marbled vinyl option

The Hidden Figure – Silhouettes (Exalt 007)

Full colour labels featuring a classic acid-house smiley is at the heart of this design, with random and increasingly off-axis circles spinning out of control, the vortex forcing the typography out through the graphics. Released in a bright yellow sleeve with sticker and the choice of either clear coke bottle or smokey marbled vinyl.

 

Swayzak vs Theorem – Break In At Apartment 205 (Exalt Records Special Edition)

Reissue of an EP that first appeared on M_nus in 1999. The rainy window of an inner city flat summed up the mood of the title track perfectly.

 

Norken + Nyquist – Go Polonius cover
Norken + Nyquist – Go Polonius
Single colour tracing paper insert with black inner sleeve

Norken + Nyquist – Go Polonius (Exalt 010)

10” vinyl EP by Lee Norris and Frank Rumpelt. The brief called for a theme of an Atari ST, a 1980s computer which enjoyed success with musicians for running music sequencer software. From there I started to explore vintage technology, circuit boards and music studio equipment.

Future Beat Alliance – Black Acid cover
Single colour tracing paper insert

Future Beat Alliance – Black Acid (Exalt 012)

Limited edition 10” blue vinyl with a single colour tracing paper insert with black inner sleeve. A retouched image of an unknown forested mountain side evoking the dark brooding nature of the music.

WRNR – Svæv EP cover

WRNR – Svæv EP (Exalt 011)

7" white vinyl (with no labels) and tracing paper insert. Ice flows and the cold of Arctic circle convey the mood of the tracks. Limited to just 50 copies.

John Shima – Discreet cover

John Shima – Discreet (Exalt 014)

7" green vinyl with tracing paper insert.

G.R.I.T. – Kalmads EP cover
G.R.I.T. – KALMADS E.P.
Tracing paper insert and rubber stamped lathe cut clear 7"
G.R.I.T. – Kalmads t-shirt
Hand screen printed t-shirt, part of a pre-order bundle

G.R.I.T. – KALMADS E.P. (Exalt 016)

Lathe cut clear 7", the first release for the relaunched label, single colour tracing paper insert and screen printed t-shirt. Imagery influenced by light filtered through trees in a forest.