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Album of the Month: Neil Cowley Trio “Spacebound Apes”

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Label:  Hide Inside

Live: Union Chapel, London, October 27th

Manufactured by Key Production

Widely acclaimed as a composer of dynamic, cinematic music and having “genuine vision” (The Sunday Times), pianist Neil Cowley presents his latest creation, a bold exercise in atmosphere and emotion; an ambitious multi layered outing that is quite possibly his most musically confident statement to date.

Spacebound Apes’ – Cowley’s 6th studio album with his trio – is a concept album; a glorious, hypnotic soundtrack to an out-of-the ordinary, thought-provoking tale of one man- Lincoln- an everyday kind of guy whose unfolding blog reveals a bizarre story that culminates with the album release and show. This intriguing and inspiring story is woven together with some of the most impassioned music that Neil has created.

“This is a project ‘I’ve been working towards for a long time” Cowley says. “It takes in themes of guilt, fear, loss and longing with a few twists along the way. It’s been utterly immersive yet incredibly exciting. And yes, I’m not ashamed to say it, it’s a concept album!” He continues, “It sounds a bit cryptic, but hopefully everyone will come along for the ride”.

Catch up with the story so far at http://lincolnsdiary.tumblr.com/

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Spacebound Apes musically charts Lincoln’s journey. Hypnotic passages create heart-pounding suspense while sweet, whispered themes create heart-shattering empathy. Bold, bombastic tunes create drama, and in a departure from Cowley and his trio’s more usual acoustic setting, electronics orchestrate desolation and despair. And while the inclusion of a choir brings an emotional depth of mammoth proportions, it’s the epic finale, The Return of Lincoln, that stuns and silences.

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Spacebound Apes Live sees Neil Cowley Trio perform the album in its entirety. As on the album, Cowley is joined by long-time band mates, Evan Jenkins on drums and Rex Horan on bass, with guest appearances by Brian Eno collaborator Leo Abrahams on guitars and FX. Together, they present a powerful, atmospheric and captivating musical tale ensuring that Spacebound Apes Live is one of the must-see shows this autumn.

By his mid-teens, Neil Cowley had given up a promising classical music career (having performed a Shostakovich piano concerto at the age of ten to a full house at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hal) in favour of his true passion – old school RnB, soul and funk. He went on to tour and record with some of the most successful bands of the day including Brand New Heavies and Zero 7 alongside his own chill-out band Fragile State. Since then, Cowley has become the go-to pianist lending his golden touch to many chart smashing hits including contributions to Adele’s global chart toppers, 19 and 21 making him quite literally 2011’s most listened to pianist on the planet!

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In 2005 Cowley returned to his first love, the piano, and formed the Neil Cowley Trio with whom his has released five highly acclaimed studio albums;Displaced (2006) winner of the BBC Jazz Award for Best Album; Loud… Louder… Stop (2008), hailed by Mojo as a “Modern Classic”; Radio Silence (2010), The Face of Mount Molehill (2012)a recording with a string ensemble that earned them the a Jazz Fm award for Best UK Jazz Act and Touch and Flee (2014) that cemented his credentials as a brilliant, dazzling composer.

The trio’s new album Spacebound Apes could quite possibly be Neil’s crowning glory.

Available to buy on Music Glue.

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Aim Awards 2016 in pictures

Congratulations again to all the winners!

In particular to all the artist and record labels we had the pleasure to work with: Slade, Darren Hayman, Oscar, Little Simz, XL Recordings, Roisin Murphy.

Pictures by Carlo Polisano

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Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” Case Study

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Client Information

The Beggars Group is the home of 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks. The Beggars Group in the last decade has gone from strength to strength, not only confirming their position as one of the largest independent groups of labels in the world, but also, by allowing their artists the time to develop, affording them freedom and support, releasing the best the decade had to offer.

Project Overview

A Moon Shaped Pool is the ninth studio album by Radiohead

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Products & Services

♦ Case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France
♦ 32 pages of artwork
♦ The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12″ vinyl records
♦ Two compact discs: one with the album and one with two extra tracks
♦ Recording tape belly band applied
♦ 320kbit MP3 or 16-bit WAV of the 11 track album available to download

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Production Process

♦ Consulting ♦ Artwork approval to make it ready for print ♦ Vinyl production ♦ Test Pressings ♦ Sourcing and production of the different elements of the box-set ♦ Sampling ♦ Printing ♦ Shipping

Available to buy here

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Father John Misty_I Love You, Honeybear Dioramic Sleeve Case Study

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DELUXE VINYL EDITION, including coloured vinyl in a Dioramic, Meta-Musical Funtime gatefold jacket with pop up sleeve. Also includes a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman.

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Client Information

Bella Union is a British independent record label founded in 1997 by Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie, their artists’ roster includes Beach House, Dirty Three, Emmy The Great, Explosions In The Sky, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Break Horses, John Grant, Xiu Xiu and many more.

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Project Overview

♦ DELUXE VINYL EDITION, including coloured vinyl in a Dioramic, Meta-Musical Funtime gatefold jacket with pop up sleeve. Also includes a fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman. ♦ STANDARD VINYL EDITION, with a gatefold jacket with black vinyl and fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman. ♦ CD EDITION, which includes fold-out poster, featuring a collage of Emma Tillman’s intimate photos, designed by Alia Penner and an extensive “Exercises for Listening” written by Josh Tillman.

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Products & Services

Standard LP Details: ♦ 2×12″, LP Black ♦Gatefold jacket ♦ I Love You, Honeybear Poster ♦ Listening Instructions ♦ Download code Deluxe LP details ♦ Limited Edition 2×12″, LP Tri-Color Vinyl ♦ Dioramic Meta – Musical Funtime Gatefold Jacket ♦ I Love You, Honeybear Poster ♦ Listening Instructions ♦ Download code ♦ Stickers

Production Process

♦ Consulting ♦ Artwork approval to make it ready for print ♦ Vinyl production ♦ Test pressings ♦ Sourcing and production ♦ Sampling ♦ Printing ♦ Shrink-wrapping ♦ Shipping

Printing Techniques

♦ Outer sleeve – gatefold with 2 pockets + pop up ♦ 4pg digipack with 1 pocket closed at spine to be printed 4/0 ♦ Matt finish ♦ Reverse board ♦ On-body prints full colour

Contact us to discuss your next special release! Send an email to kath.summersgill@keyproduction.co.uk

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