Illustrated Tapes 020: Nice one bruva

Curated by Conner Perry

Mixcloud / Spotify

Conner is an illustrator and printmaker based in Norwich.

Hey Conner! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

My tape is a condensed collection of some of my favourite UK garage tracks. It’s a bit of a mix of songs that I’d hear around the house as a kid, as well as some stuff I’ve discovered after deep diving into the genre as a grown up.

How did you go about the artwork for the tape?

Garage is such a British sound, more specifically a London sound. I wanted to capture that within the artwork so I decided to draw a London scene of sorts. I tend to steer clear of drawing architecture but I really enjoyed breaking down some of the cities blocky and brutalist style buildings into simple shapes.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Pharrell - In My Mind
2006, Star Trak
Artwork: Nigo

I used to be obsessed with Pharrell’s Bape style artwork for his solo album. It’s super noughties looking back at it, but it pairs with music and the artist perfectly.

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
1989, Tommy Boy / Warner Bros.
Artwork: Grey Organisation

I also really love the art direction for De La Soul’s debut album. I’ve read that they absolutely hate it now, but the colours are great, although they themselves disagree I think it pairs with the album really nicely.

What did you listen to growing up?

Other than garage, I was exposed to a lot of R&B/Hip-hop of the 2000’s. Plenty of Ashanti, Ja Rule and anything produced by The Neptunes, especially Kelis. My sister is super into dancehall to so that was played a lot. I was surrounded by a lot of indie/emo kids in my teenage years but I still bumped T-Pain on the down low.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I recently took part in a group show called Octobercup, which involved designing a coffee cup with an October theme. That was good fun to make! I also designed a t-shirt with Everpress which came out nicely! A few other things will be popping up soon if I get my ass in gear.

Where to find Conner:

︎ connerperry94
︎ @connerperry01


01. Groove Chronicles (Noodles) - Stone Cold
02. Masterstepz - Melody (Original 98 Mix)
03. Sunship - In The Pocket
04. Dem 2 - Destiny (Dem 2 Radio Mix)
05. Amira - My Desire (Dreem Team Remix)
06. Gabrielle - Sunshine (Wookie Main Mix)
07. MJ Cole - Crazy Love
08. Lonyo - Summer Of Love - [Radio edit]
09. Jeremy Sylvester - Realise
10. Wookie - Battle
11. Roy Davis Jr. - Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
12. Shaun Escoffery - Space Rider (MJ Cole Vocal Mix)
13. Zed Bias - Neighbourhood (Radio Mix)
14. Sticky - Booo! (feat. Ms Dynamite) (Original Dirty Mix)
15. MJ Cole - Bandelero Desperado
16. Box Clever - Talk To Me
17. Newbody - Sunny Dayz
18. Huxley - Walk 2 U
19. Groove Chronicles (Noodles) - Faith in U
20. Moony - Without You
21. Sunship - I Request