Tosin is someone we’ve known for a while now and I think anyone who follows his Social Media pages will agree about his excellent taste in music. He finds the gems. So, we’ve asked Tosin to share with us his favourite album art and then create a playlist with songs from these albums. Enjoy!


I like to believe that artists try to convey a message with their album covers, I personally see them as soundless or better still visual tracks. Undoubtedly the quality of the music helps our mind set on the matter but there’s also that little old thing called, subjectivity. I know I’m not the only one who’s decided to get an album solely because of its cover art and nine out of ten times I’m glad I did.

There are so many ways to categorize album covers little wonder why we call it artwork. Some Artists certainly put in effort to get the right one for an album (topic for another day). Just like the way we access our music, the act of album covers has also evolved over the years from the fold-out gatefolds of the vinyl era to pull-out liner notes in CD jewel cases to the small icon on a digital player to thumbnails on our personal computer’s music player, but it still defines how we look at a particular album–photographic portraits, paintings, collages, etc.

The purpose of this post is to share a few of my favorite album covers from my vast collection and also my favorite tracks in them, some of those you may be a little puzzled by.

Originally just a protective cover for the fragile crackly goods beneath, it soon evolved into a space for artistic expression in its own right, very often becoming as important as the music itself.

PS: You will not find the most talked about album artworks on the internet. Oh well… 🙂 Feel free to share yours in the comments section.

Uncomfortable by Andy Mineo

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Vidde by Atlanter

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Pictures On Silence by Atu

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Biblical EP by Biffy Clyro

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The Bones of What You Believe by Chvrches

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Bring Me Your Love by City and Colour

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Your Sparkling Death Cometh by Falling Up

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Control by Fyfe

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Born Sinner by J. Cole

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Wolf’s Law by The Joy Formidable

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Under the Iron Sea by Keane

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Black & White America by Lenny Kravitz

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Brave Enough by Lindsey Sterling

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No Mythologies to Follow by 

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Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men

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Native by One Republic

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Black Roses by The Rasmus

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Amaryllis by Shinedown

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We Are Born by Sia

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Vulnerable by The Used

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Strange Love by We The Kings

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If you can’t watch that, here’s a Dropbox folder with the songs and the Song List below: 

  1. I’ll Follow You – Shinedown
  2. Wolves Without Teeth – Of Monsters & Men
  3. Watch – Biffy Clyro
  4. Liquid Jesus – Lenny Kravitz
  5. Ghost of Love – The Rasmus
  6. Recover – CHVRCHES
  7. Power Trip (feat. Miguel) – J. Cole
  8. First Light – Lindsey Sterling
  9. What Makes a Man – City and Colour
  10. Solace – Fyfe
  11. Preacher – One Republic
  12. Fire Rides – MØ
  13. Close – Atu
  14. She – We The Kings
  15. Make Me A Believer (feat. Mac Powell) – Andy Mineo
  16. A Bad Dream – Keane
  17. Tree Song – Atlanter
  18. Shine – The Used
  19. I’m in Here – Sia
  20. Tendons – The Joy Formidable
  21. Vates – Falling Up

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Written by Nik-Nak