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2019 Blog

Key Production Release of the Year + Album of the Year Staff Picks 2019

We reach the end of 2019 soon, a decade of ups and downs in life and the music industry and wonderful new artists who became huge sensations. This year we had great music from artists all over the world. Our Key family picked their personal favourite 2019 album along with our company release of the year.

We want to thank everyone that chose Key Production to manufacture their releases this year and we are happy to have worked with each one of you. We would also like to thank our staff for working so hard and for being an amazing family at Key.

We cannot wait for what 2020 will bring us.

Release of the Year: Little Simz Grey Area, Age 101 Music / Awal. 

Grey Area is the latest album from Little Simz, her third after releasing mixtapes and EPs and two other critically acclaimed albums. Simbi Ajikawo (Little Simz) wrote her entire album taking events experiences from her life that truly made this album her best yet. She describes her journey and struggles as a mid-twenties young adult and losses she’s faced. A line many of her fans relate to is “I’m Jay-Z on a bad day, Shakespeare on my worst days,” Little Simz raps on ‘Offence’ – which is the opening track on Grey Area.

Grey Area was nominated for a Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019 along with also being nominated for Q Breakthrough Act presented by Q awards. The young artist has been successfully making a name for herself in the music industry with sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz and Anderson Paak. 

We are thrilled to have collaborated with Age 101 Music and Awal on this release by such an amazing artist as Little Simz, we loved Grey Area, thank you for the music <3

Staff Picks


Karen, Founder & MD

Fontaines DC, Dogrel, Partisan

Jack S, Head of Production (Breed Media)

(Sandy) Alex G, House Of Sugar, Domino

Catriona, Account Manager

And So I Watch You From Afar, ASIWYFA Live 10 Year Anniversary, Sargent House

Lorna, Artworker

Anna Meredith, Fibs, Moshi Moshi

Paul Smith, Operations Director

Better Oblivion Community Center, Better Oblivion Community Center, Dead Oceans

Ian, Head Of Production (Modo)

Big Theif, Two Hands, 4AD

Neil, Chief Operating Officer & Lucy, Account Manager

Billie Eilish, When We Fall Asleep, Interscope Records

Carole, Account Manager

Carwyn Eliis & Rio 18, Joia, Banana & Louie/Agati

Giulia, Digital Marketing Manager

Coma_Cose, Hype Aura, Sony/Asian Fake

Chris W, Production Designer

Dirty Art Club, Mystic Drive -Thru, Dirty Art Club

James P, Senior Product Designer

Floating Points, Crush, Ninja Tune 

Nathan, Senior Financial Administrator

Foals, Part 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Saved, Warner

Andrea. Creative Designer

Julia Jacklin, Crushing, Transgressive Records

Graham - Account Manager

Steve C - Production Support Coordinator

Kath - Head of Sales (Key Production)

Karen O & Danger Mouse, Lux Prima, BMG

Alex A, Account Manager

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest The Rats’ Nest, Flightless

Jack D, Creative Project Manager

Laplaux, Amnioverse, Brainfeeder

Chris B - Account Manager

Tanzy - Creative Guru

Nick - Head of Sales (Think Tank)

Julia - Marketing and Sales Coordinator

Little Simz, Grey Area, Age 101 Music/ Kobalt

Heather, Sales Executive

Maggie Rogers, Heard It In a Past Life, Debay Sounds/ Capitol Records

Ben W, Account Manager

Mattiel, Satis Factory, Heavenly

Tracey Ivers, Office Manager

Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka, Polydor 

Tim, Group Sales & Marketing Director

New Model Army, From Here, EarMusic

Carlo, Photographer/Videographer

Nick Cave, Ghosteen, BMG

Mike, Head of Sales (Modo)

Popol Vuh, The Essential Album Collection Vol 1, BMG

Matt, Financial Director

Ride, This Is Not Safe Place, Wichita

David DLB, Consulting Director

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Proxima OMPS, Milan/ Sony

Peter, Account Manager

Sault, 5, Forever Living Originals

John - Group Head of Production

Vanessa - Account Manager, Jen - Office Administrator

Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow, Jajaguar

James S, Account Manager

Show Me The Body, Dog Whistle, Lorna Vista/Carolin

Alex W, Head of Production (PIAS)

Snarky Puppy, Immigrance, GroundUp Music

David G, Account Manager

Solitude, King Midas Sound, Cosmo Rhythmatic

Aston, Consultant

Spermbirds, Go To Hell Then Turn Left, Rookie

Paul E, Account Manager

The Comet is Coming, The Afterlife, Impulse Records 

Khatija, Social Media Coordinator

T-Pain, 1UP, Cinematic Music Group

Lisa, Head of Production (Key Production)

Warmduscher, Tainted Lunch, Leaf Label 

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