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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The Smittens – Love Record Breaker

11 Jun

We’ve got a new record from The Smittens out in August! Love Record Breaker will be an 8 track 10″ release, and we’re going all out on hand screen printing each and every one of the 300 copies… with 6 different designs, each numbered and limited to 50.

Love Record Breaker is available to pre-order now!

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Cosines “Commuter Love” out now!

12 May

Commuter Love, the new single from Cosines, is out in shops today! You can pre-order it on vinyl or download it from us via our webshop.

As with their debut Cosines schizophrenic nature is their strength with being able to float above the current indie pop crop by infusing elements of baroque pop, krautrock, sunshine pop revival, glam rock, and synth-driven new wave while never taking so much from any genre to bog themselves down and lose sight of crafting perfect pop hits.

A-side Commuter Love is the tale of someone who spends their days commuting to work set to a glam rock and romp. It’s an icy cool song about train commutes with nods to Blondie’s pouty pomp and Goldfrapp’s sultry stomp. Lyrics we can all relate to set to verse chorus verse, it’s a hit all the way to the top to help ease your working week and those daily travels. You know the moments where you are sitting there and you slip into your mind and you realize you are stationary and your life is passing you by. Time wasted in transit from station to station all to sit stationary at work at a desk or monitor only to get home to be so tired you are sat stationary again flipping from yet another type of station to station. You have more knowledge about the characters on tv and their lives than those of your friends.

The B-Side Disclosed Stories walks the line between sunshine revival, motorik krautrock-isms and stoic soul. It’s like if Camera Obscura was influenced by Neu! and fronted by Kirsty MacColl. The song recalls a place we’ve all been at some point where you have that one friend which is so close you think maybe it could work out, but you can’t ruin what you have. You are there for each other sharing those stories and times that are pure frustration watching each other make mistakes. You think if the person you were with was like them, but you know it will end it heartbreak if you did.

Cosines play The Sebright Arms on Friday the 16th of May for their single launch party, alongside Simon Love, Giant Burger and The Girls Are [DJs]. Tickets available here.

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Owl & Mouse join Fika Recordings

18 Apr

Owl & Mouse

We’re excited to announce Owl & Mouse have joined the Fika Recordings fold! We’ve spent almost two years trying to persuade Hannah and co to let us release their debut full EP on vinyl; after a wonderful CDR on Haircut Records and a split release on Hangover Lounge Records, we’ve finally done it. “Somewhere To Go” will be available in June and features 4 brand new Owl & Mouse tracks on a sky blue 7″ vinyl. There’s been some help from Fika’s friends too – the EP was recorded by Giles Barrett (Tigercats) at the ever fantastic Soup Studio, while the magnificently talented Paul Rain (Allo Darlin’) is responsible for the gorgeous sleeve design.

The 7″ EP is available to pre-order now, and if you’re lucky enough to be attending Wales Goes Pop over the Easter weekend, Owl & Mouse will be showcasing some songs from the new EP there. Enjoy!

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