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We’re Moving! Farewell Camden, Hello Tileyard Studios!

After nearly 25 glorious years in Camden Town, Key Production and Think Tank Media are off!

From the 2nd of February our offices will be at Tileyard Studios in Kings Cross, where a vibrant community of record labels, recording studios, artists and creative companies awaits us.

To recognise the occasion we’ve released a special newspaper which includes news, features and competitions, showcasing some of the best releases we’ve worked on in the past 25 years with quotes from Nick Cave and Vaughan Oliver!

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You can download the digital version of the newspaper by subscribing to our Newsletter below, or request a copy by sending an email to mail@keyproduction.co.uk

Thank you Camden, we had a blast!


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January Releases Roundup

January has been a busy month full of absolutely great releases! Here’s a selection of albums among the many we manufactured this month.

Bill Nelson “Noise Candy” Box Set: an official reissue of Bill Nelson’s classic & long deleted six CD box set originally released in 2002. Out on January 12th via Cherry Red Records.

Enter Shikari “The Mindsweep“: Limited edition colourway of the LP (grey vinyl with white, blue & black splatter) + CD + 2XDVD + 36 PAGE 12″ Photo/Lyric Hardback Book + 4X Hand-Signed Prints.. Out on January 19th via PIAS Recordings.

Man Without a Country  “Maximum Entropy” : out on January 19th via Lost Balloon Recordings.

The Decemberists “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World“: out on January 20th via Rough Trade & Capitol Records.

Troyka “Ornithophobia“: out on January 26th via Naim Label.

The Charlatans “Modern Nature“: his Deluxe Limited Edition 2LP set comes with a CD insert and is on coloured Vinyl. It also features a gatefold sleeve and comes with a second bonus vinyl of additional tracks. Out on January 26th via BMG (UK).

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis “The Third” : out on January 26th via Sunday Best Records.

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Albums of the year

Before revealing our “Albums of The Year” list, you should know a bit about how we consume music at the office.

We don’t have particular preferences on what to listen to, usually our playlist comes on a first come first served basis, as for the format, we do love our vinyl records, but any format is welcome to our stereo.

It works like this:

The first person that puts on music triggers the process.

From that moment on, records will be changed for one or more of the following reasons:

It’s bad.

It’s too good, we can’t focus on work.

Too sad.

Too happy (danger of sing along/flash mob)

Single person decision of not liking it.

Group decision of not liking it.

New release fresh from the pressing plant we NEED to listen to.

Something potentially really bad with a quirky cover turned up from lunch break record shopping at charity shops and we NEED to listen to it.

How the music gets changed:

The sneaky way: faking to walk towards the toilet, change the record with a Flash Gordon move and quickly walk away, by the time the music starts, the person will be safe and undetected in the toilet.

The squealer or newspaper boy way: waving the record up in the air and make people aware by shouting that you’re going to change music in favour of that album.

The normal way.

Double meaning sentences:

Then there’re a couple of sentences with double meaning that might decide the course of action in the music choice.

When someone says out loud:

“What are we listening to?” can either mean, “I really like it, it’s so good I’ve noticed it” or “Take it off, NOW!”

“Who put this record on?” can either mean, “I’d like to know it because I want to ask more info about this nice record” or “It’s awful, I’ll soon find something you hate and play it all day”

Anyway, getting your head around the immensity of 2014 music releases is no easy task, that’s why our “Albums of the Year” list has no particular order, but it’s our personal homage to those artists that kept us happy and productive in the office hours, making our year even greater.

We make music, we love our job.

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Christmas Indie Label Market 2014 Photo Gallery

We went to Indie Label Market last Saturday, it’s always a nice occasion to meet face to face with the record labels we work with and see the beloved releases we manufactured looking great in the stalls!

 

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