We are very happy to have been involved in this super limited special 7″ vinyl for Robbie Williams.
“Shine My Shoes” is the opening track from his recent No.1 album “Swings Both Ways”, and the B side “You Got Old” was recorded with long term pal Jonny Wilkes.
Our friends at The Creative Corporation brief was very specific, a 7” that looked straight out of the 1940’s, housed in a record store paper bag. Printing ‘fake’ ageing was not an option, all components must be manufactured/aged in the most authentic ways possible.
Based on this we weathered all the 7” singles individually by hand so no two records are the same, using various degrees of corner bending, sand papering and of course yellow/brown ageing. At Key we can’t get enough of traditional Letterpress printing so this was the obvious choice for the record store bags, all packed & sealed with a sticker.
100 copies of this limited edition 7” have been randomly adorned with Robbie’s autograph, making them the ultimate lucky dip collector’s item.
Watch the making of the paper bags for Robbie Williams single.
More information on the single can be found here.
Right now the online world is a frenzy of end of year lists and we love it. The BBC has revealed its ones to watch long list, the NME have announced the Arctic Monkeys’ AM as their favourite album of the year and as an office full of geeks and music aficionados, the Key team thought it was only right to throw our two pennies in with our favourite tracks of 2013.
Settling on a handful of tracks when there have been some absolute blinders this year was never going to be an easy task, but after lots of deliberation we’ve settled on our top 15 tracks of the year. Because we’re a diverse lot, there’s everything from pop gold in Chvrches, to the award winning folk of RM Hubbert and the brooding, metallic electronic sounds of Akkord- we like to think there’s a little bit in there for every palette. And because we’re good to you, we’ve compiled some of them onto a lovely spotify playlist (https://play.spotify.com/user/emskimo/playlist/65jXVOEzWNDiVoFSR4ceAX). Check out our full list below.
RM Hubbert – Son of Princess Brother of Rambo
These New Puritans – Fragment Two
Euros Childs – Oh La Oona
The Restarts – Mia
Laura J Martin – Sour Grapes
Poppy Ackroyd – Aliquot
Date Palms – Six hands to the light
Chvrches - The Mother We Share
All We Are – Utmost Good
Au Revoir Simone – Crazy
Wolf Alice – Bros
The National – Graceless
Akkord – Navigate
Washington Irving – Palomides
Is there an xx fan in your life? If so we have the perfect gift idea for them just in time for Christmas! The band has recently announced limited edition 7” vinyl box sets of both their hugely successful albums, The xx and Coexist and we’re proud to say that Key had a hand in their creation.
Each box set has been lovingly die-cut with the xx logo- white on black for The xx and white with beautiful mirror card for their latest release Coexist. With 11 individual singles tucked away inside the box, there’s one for every track on the album with the band logo etched onto the B-side making each 7” a rare single-sided release. Finishing touches include individual artwork for each track with the vinyl label matched to the logo on each sleeve.
With so much thought gone into each of the sets, it’s little wonder that the box sets were inspired by the bands love of vinyl.
“We are all such big fans of vinyl and collecting records,” they write on Facebook. “This is something we have been wanting to do for a long time, we hope you like them!”
We think that any vinyl fan would be thrilled to own something so special and unique and with the sets being limited to only 1000 copies, any fan of the band would be wise to get their mitts on their copy fairly swiftly. You can grab yours via their website here: http://shop.thexx.info/.
We’re really excited about the Independent Label Market this weekend and this year it’s not just about the records. Not satisfied with bringing together our favourite indie labels in one big music enthusiast love-in at the wonderful Spitalfields Market, this year they’ve teamed up with London Brewers’ market too! Featuring a selection of local breweries from across London, the opportunity to sample some yummy ales whilst browsing some of the finest music is too good an opportunity to pass up.
The market, which is in association with AIM, will feature over 80 labels such as PIAS, Bella Union, Double Denim, Fabric, Loose Records and Sonic Cathedral among others. This event is a must for vinyl lovers with masses of releases available plus the chance to pick up some limited edition gems for your collection if you’re lucky!
Here at Key Production, we’re happy to say we manufactured the packaging and pressed the vinyl for many of the labels attending, so we will also be there, tweeting about proceedings whilst hunting for goodies and Christmas presents and enjoying some lovely beer. Follow us on Twitter at @keyproduction to find out what we’re up to or if you’re there too tweet us to say hello!
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