Math and Physics Club’s In This Together out now

24 Jun

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We’ve been very excited to work with our new friends Math and Physics Club and our old friends at Matinee Recordings on this brand new compilation, gathering together 16 b-sides, rarities and unreleased treats from the band, all on vinyl for the very first time. Pre-orders have been brisk so we’ve only a handful of copies of this left, so don’t hang around if you’re keen to get a copy.
If you’re a MAPC fan in the USA and are hankering over a copy of the gatefold vinyl, ask your local record store to order you a copy in – RedEye are distributing it outside Europe so point them in the right direction! Matinee are looking after the CD version – we’re hoping to get a few copies to the UK in time for Indietracks, otherwise you can order it directly from them here.

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“this collection of Math and Physics Club’s earliest work and some choice rarities works as a reminder of how good they were, how at their best they actually came quite close to being the next Lucksmiths or B&S”
All Music

“So far this is easily the best compilation album of the year and quite possibility the only one you’ll need in 2016.”
Pennyblack Music

“there’s something stirring and anthemic in the best of these sweetly melodic, heartfelt and life-affirming songs that keeps you hooked on every word and chord change. It’s pop without cynicism, familiar in its sound but attractive all the same”
Sounds XP

“Although it isn’t billed as a greatest hits album, it comes close to serving as one and should become a favorite album for old and new fans alike. I’ve had it on repeat for several days now, and it is like having a welcome old friend drop in for an extended stay.”
When You Motor Away

“this is your chance to fall in love with one of the greatest bands you might have overlooked”
Austin Town Hall

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23rd June: Petito album launch show

10 Jun

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June the 23rd – it’s referendum day! You’ve got until 10pm until polls close to cast your vote – but we’d suggest you do that early, and come and join us from 8pm at Haunt for the launch of Palomica’s Petito album. Support comes from The Nervy Betters and Actual Crimes.
We’ll have copies of Petito available to buy ahead of it’s release on the 1st of July too.
Advance tickets are £5 from WeGotTickets – they’ll be slightly more on the door.

To get you in the mood, you can listen to the first single taken from Petito, Honeydew, which is released today!

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Palomica join Fika Recordings

5 Jun

We’re really rather chuffed to be able to announce that Palomica have joined the Fika Recordings fold. We’ll be releasing their second album Petito on the 1st of July – but before that, you can hear the lead single Honeydew below.

Honeydew is released as a 4 track single on the 10th of June.

Then it’s only a short wait until the release of Petito at the start of July. The album comes on pigeon coloured vinyl (think a soft grey base, with specks of green and purple). We’ll have some copies available for sale ahead of the release at the launch show on the 23rd of June at Haunt (Stoke Newington High Street), where Palomica will be joined by The Nervy Betters and Actual Crimes. Full details over on the Facebook page – advance tickets are available from WeGotTickets.

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You can pre-order Petito here.

Palomica is the home-recorded clumsy rock and roll project of Nicol Parkinson. It’s incidental outside sounds alongside tumbling words and occasional guitar flourishes: sometimes melodic, sometimes cacophonic.

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Math and Physics Club – In This Together

1 Jun

It’s an absolute pleasure to announce that we’re releasing In This Together, a compilation of EPs, b-sides and rarities from Math and Physics Club. It’s the first time on vinyl for all of these tracks, and we’ve rolled the boat out to make it something truly special: heavyweight cream 12″ vinyl wrapped up in a lovely gatefold sleeve, crammed full of release notes, credits and some wonderful liner notes from Tullycraft’s Sean Tollefson.

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Longtime fans know that Math and Physics Club have never been ones to stash away their lesser material on EPs and b-sides. Some would argue that many of their best songs over the past decade have appeared on exclusive EPs and vinyl-only singles, which is why this collection of non-album tracks plays like one of the band’s finest full length albums, and works equally well for completists and as a starting point for new fans.

The songs here are carefully presented in reverse chronological order, starting with the stunning new track “Coastal California, 1985” that finds the band still in fine form with its chiming guitars and swelling harmonies. Side one continues without missing a beat, winding through several unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from recent years, including a soft and sweet acoustic arrangement of “Do You Keep a Diary” that turns the tables on the electropop version that appeared on their 2007 EP.

Side two features their beloved and previously out-of-print first two EPs, with the classic jangle of “Movie Ending Romance” kicking off a relentlessly cracking set of pop that, when presented together this way, serves to highlight the band’s remarkable first year.

You can pre-order the vinyl from us now – we’ll be shipping these out shortly to ensure you get your copy by the release date on the 24th of June. If CDs are more your bag, then you’re in luck too: our friends over at Matinee Recordings are putting the CD out from the USA – pre-order that from Matinee here.

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Turtle Dove – available now!

20 May

Here’s a new one from Stanley Brinks, this time in collaboration with the Norwegian ensemble, The Kaniks. Turtle Dove is out now on blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, complete with download code of the album (and bonus two track single Too Much Women).
Buy the vinyl from Fika
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“Turtle Dove is a welcome addition to Stanley Brinks’ back catalogue; he’s one of the most imaginative and accomplished songwriters around today with an unerring instinct for creating atmospheric and engaging albums. Along with his collaborators, The Kaniks, Stanley Brinks has made yet another glorious album which celebrates the individuality of us all at the same time as it reminds us we’re not all that different, really, under the skin. I can see it becoming an indispensable part of my summer soundtrack and am very much looking forward to hearing the other two albums in this trilogy of Nordic antifolk. Great stuff!” Folk Radio

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Sally Shapiro video and single out now

12 May

Here’s the video for Sally Shapiro’s new and final single, If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind. Check out Stereogum‘s beautiful words over at their video premiere.

The video comes courtesy of Jarett Sitter, the genius behind Sally Shapiro’s previous video What Can I Do and Johan’s You Passed Through.

The single is out today – you can buy a copy on 7″ white vinyl (limited to 500), with a b-side of David Guetta’s Dangerous. The download comes with two bonus remixes from Tommy ’86 and Ben Macklin.

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Buy “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind” on 7″ vinyl or download:
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New Sally Shapiro release on Fika Recordings

28 Apr

We’ve long been a fan of the Sally Shapiro project – so it’s with a heavy heart to say that Sally Shapiro are calling it a day with the release of their new single If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind. It’ll be released ten years to the day since their first ever release, I’ll Be By Your Side. A retrospective compilation is in the pipeline for later in the year on Paper Bag Records.

This is it.
Thanks for everything.
We did the best we could.
Everything came from the heart.
Everything was in stereo.

Sally Shapiro

The name “Sally Shapiro” refers to both the Swedish duo, consisting of the producer Johan Agebjörn and an anonymous singer, as well as the pseudonym of the singer herself. In December 2004 Johan discovered Shapiro’s gentle and beautiful voice while the two were singing Christmas carols together. Their first track, I’ll Be By Your Side, was released as a 12″ single on May 12th, 2006, on the Austrian label Diskokaine (run by DJ/producer Wolfram Eckert).

Sally Shapiro’s debut album, Disco Romance, was a nostalgic trip back to romantic italo disco of 1984. The album was revered by the press, nominated as “dance/electronic album of the year” at the U.S. Plug Awards and was given a spot in Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums of 2007. The tracks on the album were subsequently remixed by Lindstrøm, Tensnake, Junior Boys, CFCF, and Juan MacLean.

Sally Shapiro is known for her shyness: she does not reveal her real name, will not even let Johan into the studio when she sings, and has never performed her songs live. After a handful of DJ dates in 2008, she decided to never ever stand on stage again. However, the duo released two more studio albums, My Guilty Pleasure in 2009 and Somewhere Else in 2013.

Apart from a collaboration single with Tommy ’86 – Why Did I Say Goodbye – and a few appearances on Johan’s solo album Notes in 2015, Sally Shapiro has been silent since the last album. The new two-track single is scheduled for a release on the 10th anniversary of I’ll Be By Your Side – May 12th – and will be the last recorded piece of music by Sally Shapiro.

They explain why: ”Our musical tastes don’t overlap that much anymore. Johan is more into 90s-style electronica these days, and Sally is into non-electronic pop. In three years, we’ve only managed to record these two songs as Sally Shapiro, so with this single we have decided to call our musical project a day, and we would like to thank everyone who followed us on this journey.”

The A-side, If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind, was co-written by longtime collaborator Roger Gunnarsson and co-produced by Mitch Murder (Kung Fury OST). The B-side, Dangerous, is an acoustic interpretation of the David Guetta hit, with guitar played by Johan’s cousin, Jonas Agebjörn.
The digital editions of the single come with two remixes by French synthwave artist Tommy ’86 as well as UK nu-disco producer Ben Macklin.

Pre-order the white 7″ single from the Fika Recordings shop.

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