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Highlights from the past and future: Lawrence picks his favorite Dial sleeves

Founded more than a decade ago by Peter Kersten, David Lieske and Paul Kominek, Dial remains an essential label on the dance music landscape.

The Hamburg label has established itself as home for a specific strand of thoughtful, often-melancholy deep house and minimal techno, with releases from the label co-founders and label regulars Pantha Du Prince and John Roberts.

Dial has also maintained a distinct visual style, and with Kersten set to help secretsundaze celebrate their birthday under his Lawrence moniker, we took this opportunity to find out his favorite Dial sleeves (and one not-quite-Dial sleeve, too).

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GLÜHEN
DAS SCHWEIGEN DER SIRENEN
(2003)

Glühen is the experimental noise project of Hendrik Weber aka Pantha Du Prince. The cover artwork by Christian Flamm is one of my favorites. I remember how it all started with Dial Records back in 2000 when most of the artists used to live in Hamburg.

NIKE BORDOM
MUSIC FOR NON-EXISTING DANCEFLOORS
(2006)

Another artwork showing a painting by Michael Moos reveals the benefit of our practice: You just want to arrange this beautiful record besides all the other beautiful things that surround you.

VARIOUS ARTISTS
PYRAMID DRIFT
(2009)

An extraordinary record featuring Momus, Christoph De Babalon, Phillip Sollmann and Arises comes with an incredible painting by Madelon Vriesendorp. Certainly, she is much more famous for the cover illustration of Delirious New York, the book that Rem Koolhaas wrote in 1975.

QUEENS
END TIMES
(2013)

Scott Mou aka Queens did the artwork of my favorite Dial release himself. The graphic design by Till Sperrle is a masterpiece as well. Till is the mastermind behind all of our covers.

SKY WALKING
SKY WALKING
(2014)

This is not really a Dial record, as you might imagine, but a sort of sub-label release. Sky Walking is the avant garde band I share with Christian Naujoks and Richard Von Der Schulenburg, and we did the cover ourselves.

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