Where to start? What to say?
My first encounter with this design agency was the record label D.C. Recordings, who were the output for Depth Charge a pseudonym for Jonathan Saul Kane. Depth Charge Recordings or D.C. Recordings started outputting as early as 1989 but I came across them when I stumbled in awe across The Emperor Machine and their 2004 long player Aimee Tallulah Is Hypnotised. A krautrock infused frazzled album composed on vintage analogue hardware and the brain child of Andy Meecham.
As Uncut called it a
But enough about that I was talking about the La Boca you cry! Well it was La Boca who done the artwork to the sleeve weren’t it. The designers based in the Portobello neighbourhood in a space above the now-closed Intoxica Records.
So I get to mix my twin loves of music and design with this post.
La Boca was established in 2002, and specialises in illustration and image-making, with emotional connections. They’ve worked with a tonnes of people and have a very unique style, a leaning to retrofuturism, their vibrant use of colour with hyper saturation and added background noise. A nod to transport poster design of the past seen through a lysergic gaze. 20th century utopias, as of Huxley or Orwell, interspersed with the emerging oil wheel infused 1960s. But all very now, symbolic and poetic.
So here are a just few of my favourite La Boca creative births.