Illustrated Tapes 093: We will dance again

Curated by Luke Smile
15.01.21

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Luke Smile is lettering artist and designer based in Kent, UK.

What’s up Luke. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

My tape has been compiled with some of the most stand out tunes from club nights and festivals I've attended over the last 12 years. When racking my brain to think of all of the amazing moments I couldn’t help grinning. It’s been a real pleasure to choose the tunes featured in this playlist. Hopefully we can all dance again soon.

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

I wanted to make the cover art fun, happy and colourful to brighten up these dull times.

I used my smiley logo as a repeated pattern in the background, then I overlaid one of my fonts ‘Heroes’ which I created during the first lockdown last year in homage to our NHS. I wanted to keep it really simple but effective. I created the art in Illustrator which is the creative software I use most.

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

I've picked a couple from my D&B record collection. The first is the Lanta Nights EP by FD on The North Quarter. Every track on the EP is solid and I really dig the textures and the colours used on the artwork.

Lanta Nights EP - FD
2020, The North Quarter
Artwork: Super Super

The second is the “Come Together” single by Urbandawn on Hospital Records (which I’ve included on my tape). One of my favourite DJs Andy C dropped it at a festival in Margate a couple of years back and it went offffff. The artwork resembles the classic shot of the Beatles on the zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios but with psychedelic twist.


“Come Together feat. Tyson Kelly” [single] - Urbandawn
2019, Hospital Records
Artwork: Ricky Trickartt & Chris Goss


What did you listen to growing up?

Growing up I listened to an eclectic mix of music as my parents love their 60s and my older brother listened to indie and rock. I started getting into dance music towards the end of secondary school, when I started to DJ and go out raving.

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

Anderson Paak, Snoh Allegra and Alicia Keys.

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

Everything that's on the homepage of my website: lukesmile.com.

Where can we find you?

︎ @lukesmile91
︎ lukesmile.com


Cheers Luke!
Mark