Illustrated Tapes 066: Neo-world Of My Dreams

Curated by Ruby Hinton
21.06.20

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Sequenced playlist, made to be played in order.

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Ruby is an illustrator and creative originally from Worcester, now currently residing in Gloucester.

Heya Ruby! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Step into the slumbering land of the future, where music is used to induce individuals into a journey beyond their waking realm and REM. This dose of tunes is made especially for the adept snoozers, full of twists, turns and broken doors.

My playlist is influenced by my love of electronic music, rap, and anime. I feel as though the genres entwine well with each other and influence one another.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I love using lots of colours in my work and decided to go with a very bright and psychedelic approach, I also just thought about dreams I've recently been having to influence the artwork – I’ve been having a lot of strange ones recently… The other night I dreamt I was In a go kart and everything suddenly became shades of pink when I got to the finish line, somehow knowing at that point it was a dream, I decided the dream was king prawn flavour…. strange.

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

First thing I can think of is Bon Iver’s self-titled album. The whole album is a very beautiful journey and works so well with how soft and delicate the artwork is. Also pretty much all of Logic’s albums from The Incredible True Story onwards, it has this narrative using a colour scheme that’s very sci-fi and pulp fiction, you can really see where he’s influenced and it shows in his music too.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver
2011, Jagjaguwar
Artwork: Gregory Euclide



The Incredible True Story – Logic
2015, Def Jam Recordings
Artwork: Sam Spratt


What did you listen to growing up?

Some of the first stuff I ever listened to was Queen and Annie Lennox – very vivid memories of singing in the car with my mum to them! I started to jump genres as I got older, from Panic! at the Disco to Wu-Tang Clan, David Bowie, to Escape the Fate, even Nat king Cole and Tracy Chapman.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Mesmerize and Hypnotize by System of a Down forever and ever, I listen to them when I do the washing up! I’ve also been listening to Dorian Electra, such a good 90s vibe album with a twist.



Flamboyant – Dorian Electra
2019, Self-released


Hypnotize – System of a Down
2005, American Recordings / Columbia
Artwork: Vartan Malakian


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

If I’m honest not much really, I work in marketing full-time so my art is more for fun these days – it’s less pressure because of that though which makes me a lot happier. I’m just enjoying drawing Pokémon since the release of Sword and Shield, I will also painting a big mural with funky colours soon hopefully so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Where can we find you?

You can find me on Instagram and Twitter but I predominantly use Insta in all honesty! Maybe a new website at some point...

Thanks Ruby.

Mark