7 x Somerset
The latest iteration of Secret 7” is set to open at London’s Somerset House on 10 April, with a raft of creatives – including the likes of Julian Opie, David Shrigley, Martin Parr and Paul Smith - providing their takes on this year’s seven selected singles. For those not yet in the know, Secret 7” take an iconic track from seven musicians and presses it 100 times to vinyl. Each record receives a one-of-a-kind sleeve, as designed by 700 creatives, with all sleeves going on sale anonymously at £50 a pop.
This year’s Secret 7” are The Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers, Diana Ross and The Supremes – Reflections, Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx), The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be, St Vincent – Digital Witness, Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer and The Maccabees – Go.
The Somerset House exhibition will be accompanied by a series of happenings at the same venue, including a recording booth and cutting room offering visitors the chance to record themselves live and direct to vinyl. There will also be a series of talks hosted by It’s Nice That, Grafik, Eye Magazine and journalist Pete Paphides. Plus there will be a screening of The Chemical Brothers’ film Don’t Think followed by a Q&A with director Adam Smith
Somerset House is becoming something of a music hotspot. PJ Harvey recently toiled there for a month in a new recording studio, creating on a new album entitled Recording In Progress. The space has two large, windows so that viewers can view the artis and studio technicians crafting the new tracks.