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UK band Mono creates beautiful music that is an eclectic combination of jazz, blues, and electronic sounds. Their 1997 album, Formica Blues, is a great piece to play when you are relaxing or working as well as entertaining. Their sound is reminiscent of the Sneaker Pimps, Massive Attack, and Portishead with a more classical feel. Siobhan de Mare sang lead on this one, which brings such a romantic and bluesy touch. My favorite song on the album is Playboys, such a great track.

The album art is colorful and modern with a collage style. The lines are unexpected and the mix of paint, imagery, and texture play very well with the sound of the album. And although the hues are rather elementary, they are used in a way that is contemporary and interesting. It’s cool when a bands album cover can also be hung from your wall. This one can for sure.

Mono-Formica Blues