If anyone is wondering why it looks like there is black mold growing on their copy of Beat Konducta Vol. 6, here is the reason: it is black mold.
The covers for the vinyl editions of Beat Konducta Vol. 1, 2, 5 and 6, designed by Jeff Jank, are all from the same piece of cardboard. This was originally a library sound-effects record belonging to Peanut Butter Wolf which was being stored in a closet. After a leak and subsequent water damage in 2004, this record cover was thrown onto a back porch where it sat for at least a year before being used on Beat Konducta Vol. 1, and then Vol. 2. Two years later, aided by some spray paint and a lot more mold, it became Beat Konducta Vol. 5 and 6.
The disintegrating cardboard is still hanging around the office contaminating its surroundings. As long as Madlib keeps making dirty beats, we’ll keep trying to use it for covers.
Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6 will be released on CD on February 10, 2009.