The Smittens “Love Record Breaker”

18 Aug

It’s finally out! Love Record Breaker is the new 10″ record from The Smittens. We’ve gone all out hand screenprinting six different cover designs, each numbered and limited to just 50.

“The vocal arrangements sound great, the reverb 1950s guitar sound wonderful. There will be no dancing at the indie disco to this and its all the better for it… Arguably their most important album to date.”
Neon Filler [8.5/10]

“there is nothing really to compare the Smittens with which is good in itself, so you just have to let you hair down a bit if you have some and listen to the simple sounds, chuckle at the naughty lyrics, pour yourself a dry martini and morph into a whore. Marvellous!”
Penny Black Music

Order Love Record Breaker here.

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Stanley Brinks & Freschard: on tour with The Wave Pictures

12 Aug

Stanley Brinks & Freschard head out on tour on Friday in support of their new album Pizza Espresso, joined by long time collaborators, The Wave Pictures.

Having already released 2 of the best albums of 2014 (Gin on Fika Recordings, and Boom Biddy Boom on wiaiwya) Stanley Brinks & Freschard are releasing Pizza Espresso – an album of duets, and a collaboration between both labels – on the 25th of August.

Pizza Espresso is an album of love songs about drinking and drinking songs about love. Picture Emmylou and Gram relocated to Berlin with a guitar, a pennywhistle and a washboard and writing ten gorgeous duets to be sung on lazy summer evenings.

“if you have time, and nothing on your mind, why, i’m free, for you and me”

Stanley Brinks & Freschard, with The Wave Pictures tour dates:

AUGUST 15 Fri CAMBRIDGE – The Portland Arms (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)


AUGUST 16 Sat BRISTOL – The Louisiana 
(Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)

AUGUST 17 Sun GREEN MAN FESTIVAL 
(Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures)


AUGUST 18 Mon LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)


AUGUST 19 Tues HARROGATE – Major Tom’s Social Café Bar (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)


AUGUST 20 Wed EAGLESCLIFFE – The Waiting Room (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)


AUGUST 21 Thurs NEWCASTLE – Cluny (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)


AUGUST 22 Fri EDINBURGH – Sneaky Pete’s (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)


AUGUST 23 Sat DOUNE, (near STIRLING) – The Rabbit Hole 
(Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures)


AUGUST 24 Sun DOUNE – The Rabbit Hole (The Wave Pictures and Freschard)

AUGUST 25 Mon SHEFFIELD – Riverside, Point Blank Theatre 
(Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)

AUGUST 26 Tues LONDON – Shacklewell Arms
 (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)

AUGUST 27 Wed FALMOUTH – Beerwolf Books (Stanley Brinks and Freschard only)

AUGUST 28 Thurs EXETER – The Cavern (Stanley Brinks and Freschard only)

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Cosines – Oscillations out now

28 Jul

The debut album from Cosines is finally out! ‘Oscillations’ charts the ups and downs, the instability of relationships, misguided hook-ups and ‘subsequent break-ups. You can buy it on vinyl, handpainted CD and as a download from the Fika webshop here.

Cosines are a mathematical pop band from north London. Simon Nelson and Alice Hubley met on the London Underground after a Stereo Totale gig in 2009; two days later Simon was at Alice’s house unblocking her kitchen drain. Since then Simon has been round and put up two curtain rails, a blind and a shelf.
This unlikely meeting got them talking and once the DIY was done they started making music together, fusing metronomic pop sensibilities, 60′s grooves and Krautrock noise. Their line-up was by completed Daniel Chapman and The Late Jonny Drums, from Alice’s previous band The Loves, and Kajsa Tretow from A Smile And A Ribbon.
Cosines played their first show in April 2012 and since then have performed with Comet Gain, Seapony, The Pooh Sticks and Flowers, and also at the Indietracks Festival.

“a cool and mannered (but not overmannered) exploration of a musical world bordered by Stereolab, Blondie, Saint Etienne, Belle and Sebastian and a band your mates formed at school that you wish you were in”
The Sunday Times

“Cosines have found the magic formula that indie pop has been dreaming of – a winning combination of Pulp and Belle & Sebastian, seasoned with swathes of Stereolab. Refreshingly offering none of the dreaded “twee” associated with that genre, Cosines have a big sense of melody they’re not afraid to both use and play with, the same going for their sonic palette of guitars and spacey synths.”
The Quietus

“Named after Carole King’s 60s Deewop backing group and apparently not the tangent counterpart, Cosines bring us a lovely fusion of tunes with their hearts in the same era, blurry guitars and retro synth sounds that once sounded futuristic. They can write a cracking alternative pop song too as openers Out Of The Fire and Nothing More Than A Feeling comfortably demonstrate, with the latter sounding much like early Blondie New Wave efforts.”
Louder Than War

Plus there’s a video for Nothing More Than A Feeling, taken from the album:

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Stanley Brinks & Freschard

29 Jun

Having already released 2 of the best albums of 2014 (Gin on Fika Recordings, and Boom Biddy Boom on wiaiwya) Stanley Brinks and Freschard are releasing Pizza Espresso – an album of duets, and a collaboration between both labels – at the end of August.

Pizza Espresso is an album of love songs about drinking and drinking songs about love. Picture Emmylou and Gram relocated to Berlin with a guitar, a pennywhistle and a washboard and writing ten gorgeous duets to be sung on lazy summer evenings.

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures with Freschard
August 26th @ The Shacklewell Arms, London
Tickets available here

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Cosines – Oscillations

12 Jun

Following their two 7″ singles on Fika Recordings (this year’s Commuter Love, and last year’s Hey Sailor Boy!), Cosines finally release their debut album Oscillations at the end of July. Be quick if you want a copy – neither track feature on the album so this is your only chance!

Out Of The Fire is a sneak peak – think repetitive synth riffs, pulsating rhythm and crunchy guitars, which reveal a song which perfectly encapsulates the band and sets the tone for the rest of the album. We’ll be revealing more from the album over the next couple of weeks… In the meantime, you can pre-order a copy here, on 12″ black vinyl, handmade CDR or as a download.

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