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2018 Blog

Key Production Release of the Year + Album of the Year Staff Picks 2018

Unbelievable, 2018 is gone already!

We have once again picked our company release of the year and then each member of staff chose their own personal favourite 2018 album.  

We wanted to thank everyone that chose Key to manufacture their releases this year, we are proud and happy to have worked on each one of them, it's been a year full of great music, we hope 2019 will be even better.

Long live the physical format!

Key Production Release of the Year 

Idles, Joy as an Act of Resistance, Partisan Records


This release was an honour to collaborate on with Partisan Records to bring to life an exceptional body of work by the English rock band formed in Bristol back in 2011. This offering was the sophomore album by the band after releasing their critically acclaimed introduction to the world in the form of "Brutalism" in 2017. Joy as an Act of Resistance was produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush). The band started recording the album in 2017. Singer Joseph Talbot stated, "This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world."The album's lyrics deal with toxic masculinity, love, self-love, immigration, Brexit, and class. "June" deals with the death in childbirth of his daughter Agatha. It also includes a cover version of Solomon Burke's "Cry To Me".

According to Talbot "Lots of songs got scrapped because there was this pressure, which we were carrying but not talking about. We were trying to sustain the success of "Brutalism", to basically remake it. So we kind of scrapped all the songs and talked about why we weren't enjoying writing it." The album was produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan and Nick Launay. The album's cover art features a photograph of a fight at a wedding in 1968 that Talbot saw on Instagram. Four of the album's tracks were made available for download prior to its release: "Colossus", "Danny Nedelko" (named after Talbot's friend of the same name and singer with Heavy Lungs), "Samaritans" and "Great". To promote the album, the band announced a world tour taking in Japan, North America and Europe. The day before the album's release, an art exhibition in London will open, displaying and selling artworks inspired by the album, with the proceeds going to the charity Samaritans. 

Staff Picks


Karen, Founder & MD

Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance, Partisan Records

Mike H, Head of Sales [Modo]

Now vs Now The Buffering Cocoon, Jazzland Recordings

Aston Stephens, Account Manager

Natterers Head In Threatening Attitude, Boss Tuneage

David, Account Manager

David obtained a special pass to include three releases, he couldn't choose, the struggle was real.

Iceage Beyondless

F***ed Up Dose Your Dreams

Masayoshi Fujita Book of Life

Tanzy, Creative Guru

Nightmares On Wax Shape The Future, Warp Records

Lorna C, Account Manager

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sex and Food, Jagjaguwar

James S, Account Manager

Parquet Courts Wide Awake, Rough Trade

Kath, Head of Sales (Key Production) 

Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance, Partisan Records

Jack S, Creative Production Manager

Tirzah Devotion, Domino

John, Group Head of Production

Robyn HoneyKonichiwa Records

Lisa, Head of Production (Key Production)

Warmduscher Whale City, Leaf

Ian, Head of Production (Modo)

F***ed up Dose your Dreams, Merge Records

Paul S, Operations Director

Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar, Ninja Tune

Vanessa, Account Manager (PIAS)

Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really FeelMarathon Artists

Peter, Account Manager

Nu Guinea Nuova Napoli, NG Records

James L, Account Manager

Hen Ogledd Mogic, Weird World

Graham, Account Manager

The Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, Domino

Lorna T, Artworker

Last Poets Understand What Black Is, Studio Rockers

Nathan, Accounts

Mumford & Sons Delta, Island Records

Alex W, Head of Production (PIAS)

Moses Boyd Displaced Diaspora, Exodus

Adam, Business Support and IT Administrator

Various Confessin' The Blues, BMG

Jack D, Creative Project Manager (Modo)

Skee Mask Compro, Ilian Tape

Carlo P, Photographer/Videographer

Arctic Monkeys Tranquillity Base + Hotel CasinoDomino

Heather, Business Development Apprentice

Palo Santo Years & Years, Polydor

Neil, Chief Operating Officer

Mitski Be The Cowboy, Dead Oceans

Giulia, Digital Marketing Manager

Jon Hopkins Singularity, Domino

Alex A, Account Manager

Fred Pallem & Le Sacre Du Tympan L'odyssée, Train Fantôme

Steve, Production Support Coordinator

VOX LOW VOX LOWBorn Bad Records

Nick S, Creative Guru

Low Double Negative, Sub Pop

Carole, Account Manager

Sons of Kemet Your Queen Is A ReptileImpulse!

Paul E, Account Manager

Ashley McBryde Girl Goin' Nowhere, Warner Music Nashville

Aude, Account Manager (PIAS)

Ramin Djawadi Westworld (Season 2)Sony Classical ‎

Andrea, Creative Designer

Amen Dunes Freedom, Sacred Bones Records

Tracey, Office Manager

Paul Weller True Meanings, Parlophone


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