Flash sale! This weekend only!

8 Dec

We’re having a very brief flash sale to make a bit more space at Fika HQ for some of next year’s releases. There’s plenty of bargains from all of our back catalogue – and they’ll all be back to normal prices again on Monday 11th of December. So if you’ve been holding off buying anything, now’s your chance to save a few £s…

CDs albums from £1 up to £5
7″s for just £2 each
10″s for £4
Full length vinyl albums for just £7 and double LPs for £14

Here’s the full list…

Azure Blue
Beneath The Hill I Smell The Sea -LP £12 £7
Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt – LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5

Cosines
Commuter Love -7″ £5 £2
Oscillations -LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5
Transitions – 10″ £8 £4

Darren Hayman
Bugbears – LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5
Florence – LP £12 £7

Fulhäst
Broken -10″ £8 £4

Making Marks
A Thousand Half-Truths – LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5
Barcodes -7″ £5 £2
Ticket Machine -7″ £5 £2

Math and Physics Club
In This Together -CD £10 £5

Owl & Mouse
Departures -LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5

Palomica
Petito -LP £12 £7

Red Shoe Diaries
When I Find My Heart -10″ £5 £2

Sally Shapiro
If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind -7″ £5 £2

The Smittens
Believe Me -12″ £12 £7
Love Record Breaker -10″ £10 £4

Stanley Brinks
Turtle Dove – LP £14 £7 | CD £10 £5
Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Canique
s – LPx2 £22 £14 | CD £14 £5

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures
Berlin – 7″ £5 £2
Gin
– LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5
My Ass
– LP £12 £7 | CD £10 £5
Wakefield – 7″ £5 £2

Sunturns
Christmas I & II – LP x 2 £20 £14

Tigercats
Harper Lee – 7″ £5 £2
Isle of Dogs – LP £12 £7

Victoria & Jacob
Festival – 7″ £5 £2
Victoria and Jacob
– LP £12 £5 | CD £5 £1

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The Winter Sprinter 2018 – full line up!

8 Dec

Presented by
Fika Recordings, WIAIWYA and Gare du Nord

Tues 2 January – Fri 5 January
at The Lexington, London, N1

4 day early bird passes available for £34.50 and individual day tickets for £11 adv at www.wegottickets.com/fikarecordings

Tues 2 Jan:
The Surfing Magazines
Pete Astor
Jessica’s Brother

Wed 3 Jan:
Steven Adams & The French Drops
Fever Dream
Charmpit

Thurs 4 Jan:
Laetitia Sadier
The Leaf Library
Enderby’s Room

Fri 5 Jan:
Darren Hayman
Ralegh Long
Picturebox

Four nights, three labels, twelve bands, DJs… the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues in the intimate surroundings of The Lexington.
Thanks to Track & Field and Fortuna POP!; without their previous stewardships of the Winter Sprinter, we’d all be sat at home feeling glum the first week of January.

The Surfing Magazines

The Surfing Magazines are a new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club. Consisting of David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki of The Wave Pictures, Charles Watson of Slow Club and drummer Dominic Brider. Not content with their already ferocious work rate, with three album releases in 2016 alone and over twenty in total between them; members of The Wave Pictures and Slow Club’s 11-track debut as Surfing Magazines is an intriguing and exciting mishmash of musical styles – soundtrack surf, weird pop and Americana. Pulling in influence from all of the great surf music of the 60s and the band’s musical inspirations of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, the band are professedly ‘at war’ with today’s pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires and bongo pop demigods. They intend to ‘rock out and blow your mind, and then mellow out and soothe your mind, then rock out again’.

Pete Astor

Pete has made records as part of The Loft, The Weather Prophets, The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound on Creation, Matador, Heavenly and more. He released Spilt Milk on Fortuna Pop in 2016 and has now signed to Tapete Records, home of The Clientele, Lloyd Cole and The Monochrome Set. Pete has been recording a new album with with James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Proper Ornaments, Veronica Falls) on guitar and The Wave Pictures’ rhythm section of Franic Rozycki on bass and Jonny Helm on drums.

Jessica’s Brother

Jessica’s Brother are singer songwriter Tom Charleston, bass player Charlie Higgs (formerly of The Ramshackle Union Band), and drummer Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm (of The Wave Pictures). They make rock music with strong Americana influences, and a twist of English gothic darkness.

Steven Adams & The French Drops

In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016’s intimate ‘Old Magick’, and several years of one man shows, Steven Adams has a new band. He’s joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians. Steven Adams, aka, The Singing Adams, aka Steven James Adams, was in The Broken Family Band.

Fever Dream

Fever Dream play dark, fuzzy, menacing music that blurs the line from noisy shoegaze to angular post-punk. Intense, melodic and expansive, they are a real treat live and have really good hair.

Charmpit

Originally from California but now based out of South-East London, self-described ‘pop punk anarcuties’ Charmpit mash up sugary sweet melodies, lo-fi production and semi-serious subject matter to take a stab at society’s injustices whilst still keeping everything suitably fun. The band formed for the First Timers festival at DIY Space For London last year, a festival where every band on the line-up is playing their first show.

Laetitia Sadier

Lætitia Sadier has arguably one of the most recognizable voices in music. Since arriving on the European indie scene back in 1991 with the first Stereolab EP, Super 45, Sadier’s vocal and lyrical approach has remained consistent: She applies her crystalline alto to lyrics that explore philosophy and political inequality through a Marxist lens. In Stereolab and as a solo artist, Sadier’s musical tastes have tended to skew nostalgic, mixing influences of 1960s pop from the U.S. and Brazil, easy listening, and German kosmische.

The Leaf Library

The Leaf Library make droney, two-chord, pop that00!0!00s stuck halfway between the garage and the bedroom, all topped with lyrical love songs to buildings, stationery and the weather.

Enderby’s Room

Enderby’s Room is fiddle player Dan Mayfield, once from rural Lincolnshire, but he has now found home living in London. His folk tinged songs reflect on his traditional folk upbringing. Mayfield has played violin for many artists including Daniel Johnston, Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Allo Darlin’ and the Belles of London City morris dancers.

Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.
Formerly the singer-songwriter of Hefner, Darren Hayman has developed an increasingly idiosyncratic solo career. In recent years Darren has released four albums under his own name – Chants for Socialists where he set William Morris’ words to music; the sister remix album Dubs for Socialists; the album Florence, recorded in Italy; and an album for children called Folk Lullabies for Children and the Childless. As well as writing and recording as himself, Darren has also recorded an album with the band he’s formed with Emma Kupa of Mammoth Penguins (The Hayman Kupa Band), played drums for Papernut Cambridge, keyboards for The Great Electric, and released an EP with his experimental electronic duo Brute Love.
Darren has also has been working on an ongoing, hugely ambitious folk project called Thankful Villages, visiting all fifty four ‘Thankful Villages’, a village in Britain where every soldier returned alive from World War One. Darren visited each of these and, focusing on village life, made a piece of music, a painting and a short film for every one. Some take the form of instrumentals inspired by the location, some are interviews with village residents set to music, others are new songs with lyrics or found local traditional songs.

Ralegh Long

English Songwriter Ralegh Long released his recent album Upwards of Summer earlier this year, which won the Help Musician’s UK / PledgeMusic Emerging Artist’s Award. There is a marked change of pace from his previous records Hoverance and We Are in the Fields, with the jangle of chorus guitars, mandolins and anthemic hooks calling to mind bands such as R.E.M, The DB’s, and the Go-Betweens. Written during a time of personal change, when Long was unsure if he was going to continue making music, Upwards of Summer is a revelation.
He released his debut album Hoverance to critical acclaim in 2015. Leaving his adopted London, Long returned to his childhood home to write an album of singular grace and simplicity, steeped in natural imagery and “Spooky pastoralism” (MOJO). Hoverance and its follow-up E.P We Are in the Fields (2016) won praise from The Guardian for their “twilit ambience and demented beauty” and from Sky Arts as “calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake”.

Picturebox

Melodic indie pop music from the cathedral city of Canterbury. Songs about girls, animals, football, anything, everything, nothing. They’ve released two albums on Gare Du Nord and are currently finishing off their third. Leader Robert Halcrow is also involved in the FXU2 project with Jack Hayter and Citizen Helene, and also plays bass for Papernut Cambridge and more recently Twink & The Bare Nodes.

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The Just Joans “You Might Be Smiling Now…” out now!

1 Dec

“Lyrically smart, funny, and terrifyingly relatable.” The Skinny 4*s

“Where Stephin Merritt lies down with The Vaselines.” Uncut

“a pleasingly familiar blend of vibrant pop and acerbic wit from the Glasgow-based six-piece.” – The List

“Finding poetry in the often humdrum problems of others, the band’s attempts to document daily life resulted in some rather fine songwriting.” – Clash

“A winsome and gentle hook filled slice of delicate indie pop with some lovely ‘woos’ in the background and the gentle Glaswegian accent of singer Katie Pope. It’s a gem.” – Overblown

Available on heavyweight black vinyl, on CD or for download from the Fika Recordings shop here.

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Winter Sprinter 2018

25 Nov

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The Just Joans “I Only Smoke When I Drink”

17 Nov

Today we’re releasing your final preview from the new record from The Just Joans! David Pope of The Just Joans had this to say about the track: “it is an ode to the tragicomedy that is the weekend. TFI Friday quickly evaporates to be replaced by FML Sunday, and the perpetual search for someone to stay in with inevitably ends in heartache and hangovers“.

You can listen to it on Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

The album is out on the 1st of December, and we’re shipping all pre-orders out now to ensure you get your copy ahead of the official shop date. So if you’re after the heavyweight vinyl or the CD, then head over to the Fika Recordings shop and buy your copy – you’ll get an immediate download of all 4 tracks we’ve released so far too.
Buy The Just Joans “You Might Be Smiling Now…” on vinyl, CD or digitally.

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Lived Here Before from Math and Physics Club

3 Nov

Following on from last year’s (long since sold out) 10 year retrospective from Math and Physics Club, we’re chuffed to announce they’ll be releasing their fourth studio album Lived Here Before in January 2018. We’ll be working alongside our good friends at Matinee Recordings for this one, and we’ll have a heavyweight blue 12″ vinyl version ready for you in the new year. But in case that’s too long to wait, there’s a digital single from the album out today too. All the Mains are Down is available from all the usual outlets, and you can pre-order the LP from our shop now.

All the Mains are Down – Math and Physics Club
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O’ Caledonia from The Just Joans

27 Oct

We’ve another new track from The Just Joans’ forthcoming album You Might Be Smiling Now… for you!

O’ Caledonia is the opening song on the album, and David Pope from the band describes it like this…

‘O Caledonia’ is a song inspired by my four-year-old niece who is, as yet, completely oblivious to the pain, misery and heartache that lies in wait just around the corner. This is our message to the young: You Might Be Smiling Now… Perhaps it’s the legacy of John Calvin and strict Northern Presbyterianism. Perhaps it’s the miserable weather and shite football. Either way, there feels a peculiar doom-laden cynicism at the heart of the Scottish psyche. Life is long and hard and filled with sin and guilt, and that’s the way it’s meant to be. Enjoy the song – or, actually, don’t enjoy the song. Just set your face against the wind and endure it.

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