World’s first playable jigsaw vinyl created for new band

Sugar Coat's single also made from mirrors, coal dust and faux-fur

New London band Sugar Coat have made the world’s first playable jigsaw.

One copy of the trio’s debut single ‘Me Instead’ is available as a jigsaw made of vinyl, which was designed by artist Cameron Allen of Finnish firm Royal Mint Records. Guitarist Billy Brentford Reeves told NME: “Crudely speaking, it’s essentially a hand-made picture disc.”

The jigsaw is one of 35 one-off 7” designs created by Allen for ‘Me Instead’, including mirrored vinyl, a faux-fur design and one copy inlaid with coal dust from the mines at Orgreave in South Yorkshire, to honour the families of miners in the village where an infamous police attack took place in 1984.

The designs cost £12-£150 and will be available from September 23 via Sugar Coat’s website. Each will come with a free CD of the two songs, in case people want to keep the vinyl unplayed.

Reeves said: “Music must have plenty of ‘magick and mystery’, so we’re keen that our early singles are very difficult to get hold of.” Sugar Coat’s next single ‘Just A Man’ will be out in December. It will be pressed on 8” vinyl, rather than regular 7”, and will be limited to eight copies.

Sugar Coat, who also feature singer Sugar Quinn and multi-instrumentalist Pylon King, met at Lewisham A&E department. Reeves was previously guitarist in Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s old band Theaudience. Royal Mint Records designer Allen is also a rapper, and has created several other one-off vinyl designs for musicians.