Link: Far Nearer
Link: Remote Location
Judging from his acclaimed set at Field Day, Jamie xx appears to be going from strength to strength. It's then worth revisiting his debut solo single on the lauded Numbers label, 'Far Nearer/Beat For', that came out earlier this year.
Assumedly, the sleeve is by Adam Rodgers and Neil Morton of Remote Location who - on top of their artwork for Numbers (and the previous, related labels of Wireblock, Stuffrecords and Dress 2 Sweat) - have also completed work for clients including Warp, Planet Mu, Hyperdub and Craig Armstrong. Described by The Fader as looking "like a Russian constructivist strawberry daiquiri", this die-cut vinyl also references We're New Here: the previously blogged Jamie xx-remixed version of the late Gil Scott-Heron's last album. Itself being a cover that seems to pick-up on the layout of The xx's Mercury Prize-winning long-player.