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Dub 7
GavelGroove 7"
Core4 Records

I'm not gonna front. Although I vaguely remember hearing about Dub 7 waaaay back, I picked this up for the awesome photo on the cover. The sound is kinda reminiscent of the Fun Boys Three variety of post-punky / ska-funky new wave-ish grooves. Orale!

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Belong 7"
Slumberland Records

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
won me over the first time I saw them play live. Hearing their records always makes me feel like they are playing the songs my favorite bands should have written. Their latest album and all related singles feature some nice paintings by Winston Chmielinski which complement their music quite well. Cheers!

The Prince 7" (Madness B-side)
2 Tone Records

The Beat
Mirror in the Bathroom 7"
Go-Feet Records

The second wave / two tone / ska revival bands used some dope graphics on their records. I always dug their stripped down color palette and sharp iconography, as that aesthetic carried through to all aspects of their music and scene.

kept it strictly black and white on The Prince 7" with use of the second wave fave checkerboard motif and the classic 2 Tone Walt Jabsco logo designed by Jerry Dammer (based on a photo of Peter Tosh.)

The Beat rocked the magenta on this Mirror in the Bathroom sleeve, keeping it two tone AND referencing new wave at the same time. (Sorta like their sound...) They also one-upped Walt with the iconic The Beat Girl designed by Hunt Emerson.