It’s Not Christmas Anymore – Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums: out now!

11 Dec

It’s Not Christmas Anymore – the new release from Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting, ably joined by an all star line up featuring Darren Hayman, Dave and Jonny from The Wave Pictures, Paul from Allo Darlin’/Tigercats and Owl & Mouse’s Hannah, is out now! We’ve a very limited, and very lovely, handmade cassette with download available from the Fika Recordings shop, or you can line it up on the stereo via Spotify, iTunes etc to soundtrack your Christmas this year. We’re a little bit in love with these 4 songs, and can’t wait to hear more from Bill backed up by this line up…

Buy It’s Not Christmas Anymore

… and if you’re in London, you’ll be able to do just that at the Duke of Uke Christmas party on Wednesday 16th Dec, at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, with live sets from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums, and from Owl & Mouse. And it’s free! More details available via Facebook.

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City, Town and Country: a three day residency with Darren Hayman

11 Dec

City, Town and Country Web

We’re very excited to announce a three day residency with Darren Hayman at the The Betsey Trotwood in January – we’ll be announcing special guests shortly for each night, who will all be incorporating the evening’s theme in to their set.

City, Town and Country
A three day themed residency with Darren Hayman.

Monday 18th: City
with Dearbhla Minogue and one more TBA
City themed songs from “We Love The City” and others

Tuesday 19th: Town
with Deerful and one more TBA
Town themed songs from “Local Information”. “Pram Town” and others

Wednesday 20th: Country
with Maia Sofia and one more TBA
Country themed songs from “Essex Arms”, “Great British Holiday EPs” and others

Tickets are available from WeGotTickets

We’ll be announcing the final support for each evening in January – we’re very excited and know you’ll be in for a treat…

In the meantime, here’s a wonderful video review of Darren’s Florence record from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis.

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Sunturns – new video and advent calendar

7 Dec

With Christmas fast approaching, here’s the second video from Sunturns’ new record Christmas II, “Sunni”.

Buy Christmas I & II on double vinyl or download.

We’ve also launched an advent calendar, curated by Sunturns, who’ll be guiding you through their favourite Norwegian acts every day in the run up to Christmas. So if you’re on the look out for some more Scandinavian sounds, head over to the Sunturns Christmas advent calendar here.

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Sunturns – Christmas I & II out now!

4 Dec

We’re in to December and you’ve opened the first couple of doors of your advent calendar… which can only mean Christmas is fast approaching… and that the new Sunturns record is out!

It’s available on double vinyl (comprising both 2011’s original Christmas album and 2015’s follow up Christmas II), on red and on white vinyl, in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, and download.

If you’re near Oslo on the 17th of December, Sunturns will be performing their annual festive show at Parkteatret – full details here.

Keep an eye out on www.fikarecordings.com/sunturns-christmas where Sunturns will be hosting their own advent calendar… behind each day’s door, one of Sunturns will be introducing their favourite Norwegian bands and artists…

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Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums

24 Nov

We’ve got a last minute addition to our Christmas release schedule! We’re dead excited to be bringing you a 4 song EP on cassette and download from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums.

You’ll know Bill Botting as one half of Moustache Of Insanity, a quarter of Allo Darlin’ and a whole lot of awesomeness. He’s brought together a right old supergroup of chums to join him on It’s Not Christmas Anymore, joined by little sister Hannah Botting of Owl & Mouse, Paul Rains of Allo Darlin’ and Tigercats, Darren Hayman and two thirds of The Wave Pictures (Jonny Helm and Dave Tattersall).

We’re frantically getting everything together – if all goes to plan we’ll have copies to sell at this weekend’s Independent Label Market in Spitalfields ahead of the 11th of December release date. We’re only making 100 copies of this cassette, so don’t wait too long if you’re after a copy!

Acting-Wack

Bill’s no stranger to getting in to the festive spirit for us at Fika either – back in 2011 he contributed two tracks to our advent calendar.
Both “Mulled Wine” and “Acting Without Acting” are still free to download if you missed out…

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Watch and listen to new tracks from Sunturns’ Christmas II album

20 Nov

We’ve got two new things out now to whet your appetite ahead of the release of Sunturn’s second Christmas album in December. Kicking things off, feast your eyes on the video for Would You, recorded towards the end of summer at Silence Studios in central Sweden as Sunturns convened to channel all that summer excitement into a sparkling festive album!

If that’s not enough to get you geared up for the approaching holiday season, we’ve released another track from the album for you to listen to. Sunni is the opening track of Christmas II – starting off as a piano ballad before evolving into a post-rock tune about meeting a girl called Sunniva…

Pre-order your copy of the gatefold double vinyl package or download here.

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From The Square To The Hill – new video from Darren Hayman

12 Nov

From The Square To The Hill is taken from Darren Hayman’s latest album “Florence”, available now on vinyl and download.

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