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Back to our roots with the latest Hudd Traxx sleeve art

Gareth Davies
By Gareth Davies 2 min read
17 Aug 2023

Almost 20 years ago in 2004. Eddie Leader, DJ and founder of Hudd Traxx Records stood in Gareth’s office (aka his bedroom at the time) to quickly design the label artwork and logo for the first Hudd Traxx music label release. They were both recent graduates from Sunderland University where they had dj’d and threw popular parties together for Change: Gareth’s electronic music event he ran with close friend Ross Haswell and their roster of young djs.

Eddie and Danny djing at Change: Gareth’s student event and design agency he set up in his home town of Sunderland
The photo we used of Eddie’s hood to form the outline of the logo

Below, is the results of that, first ever Hudd Traxx 12″ label artwork and subsequent realease in 2005. Gareth would go onto design the following 4 releases before Eddie returned to his home region and work on the project in around the Leeds and Manchester area.

May 2023

Earlier this year Eddie reached out for help as his designer was unavailable. And despite Acid Works being amongst its busy season, our hearts ruled our heads and we helped out. Check our the results below at Phonica Records London, where were convinced Eddie to pay the additional printing for a full colour sleeve. Featuring the artwork of Edward Meziani.

DFRA – Blue Horizon EP digital front cover
The painting featured on the sleeve was created by artist Edward Meziani @Edward_illustrator
DRFA – Blue Horizon EP being previewed at one of Phonica’s listening stations

The launch of the EP reached the top 10 of Beatport and TraxSource. Joining the labels catalogue already featuring some of the biggest names in underground house music. Such as Jovonn, DJ Sneak, Mr.G, Iz & Diz, Nachtbraker, Rick Wade, Phil Weeks, DJ Rolando, JT Donaldson and more. You can listen to the release below:

About Phonica Records

I’ve been visiting Phonica Records when in London probably since 2001. (I’m sure it was open then). Like any record store, it’s a meeting point and centre of gravity for the music community, people with shared interests and everything that branches out from that. Be it design, art, fashion, dance and generally the beat of London. If you’re in town, be sure to pay them a visit and buy some records! Check out this excellent video on on the store below.

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