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Illustrated Tapes 034: Jupiter 8

Curated by Dream Safari

02.07.19


Mixcloud / Spotify



Dream Safari aka Sam Giles is a graphic artist, printmaker, and graffiti bandit based in Kent, UK.


Hi Sam, can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

This is a miscellaneous selection of 16 dusty synthesized songs. It’s music for those who frequently daydream about drifting through space on a giant Roland Jupiter 8 keyboard. All of the tracks are ethically sourced.

How did you go about the artwork?

I’ve been watching a fair few 80’s cartoons recently, D&D and fantasy shit. So the work seems to be a mash-up of that and the cosmic rhythms of the mix.

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

I think as with all of these albums, I was attracted to the artwork on the covers first and that led me to listen to their music.


Repo – Black Dice
2009, Paw Tracks
Artwork: Aaron Warren, Bjorn Copeland, Eric Copeland


I saved up and bought Black Dice - Repo ‘cos it looked and sounded like everything going on in my head when I was off my face at sixteen.


Magic Fly – Space
1977, Vogue
Photography: G. Miller


When I first saw Magic Fly by Space I realised that it was okay to dress up as a spaceman at any age.


The Samps – The Samps
2010, Mexican Summer
Artwork: Eddie Ruscha

The first Samps EP is, (to me) perfection.


Far Side Virtual – James Ferraro 
2011, Hippos In Tanks
Artwork uncredited

And that James Ferraro album with all the weird google sounds and shit... When that first came out I genuinel didn’t want to share it with friends cos i thought it was too cool for them.

What did you listen to growing up?

Apparently I used to move around in my mums belly while my dad danced around the living room roaring like Jim Morrison. As a kid I tried to absorb as much as possible. During my tranquillised teenage years, my friends and I woul share music we’d find on the internet and in our dads collections. I watched and listened to a lot of shit from previous decades that would otherwise been lost in lofts. Bloody hell, we literally listened to anything! It’s a bit different now that you have it all in one place on Spotify.

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

I run a maker space in Dover, Kent called Future Foundry, helping people with their artistic endeavours. I do a bit of graff, wheatpastes and other stuff. I upcycle clothes and screen print Tshirts, I am writing and creative directing short films, and on top of all that i’m making zines and building Dream Safari as a ‘brand’.

Where can we find you?

︎ dreamsafari.co.uk
︎ @dream_safari

Cheers Sam!

TRACKLIST

Reginald J. Lewis - Logo Rhythmic II/ Klaus Wunderlich - In The Mood / Geneva Jacuzzi - Love Caboose / Medio Mutante - Climb / The Samps - Plans / Anthony King - Maladjusted Moogie / Nite Jewel - Weak For Me / Leon Lowman - Back To the Grasslands / Jeff Phelps - Super Lady / Sign Libra - Teleopsis Dalmanni / Maryn E. Coote - I Don't Have to Cry / Space Art - Welcome To Love / Klaus Weiss - Rhythm and Sounds / Space - Magic Fly / The Johanna Group - Hors Phase / Pye Corner Audio - Nostalgia Pills / Pauline Anna Strom - Morning Splendour / Visible Cloaks - Terrazzo / Suzanne Kraft - Flatiron / Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - To Feel Your Best ︎