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Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques out now!

13 Jan

The latest album from Stanley Brinks is out! Joined by two of The Kaniks, appearing here as The Old Time Kaniks, Brinks has penned two albums worth of tales of love, loss and drink.
Available on double vinyl (one green and one white record), double CD digipack with lyrics and music booklet, and as a digital download.

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“Pan European folk whimsy from Andre Herman Dune… these 26 songs sound like ancient folk shanties, but the wry lyrics (“I give all my money to Jim Beam and John Player/But I keep my good loving for you“) remind you these are thoroughly 21st century consturctions” Uncut [7/10]

“The master storyteller, the anti-folk, anti-king of European calypso has cut a wonderful disc of songs about drinking and songs about losing love and the late night malady in front of the dying embers of the night fire. This is a magical double album” NARC [4/5]

“Brinks’ playful mode of storytelling creates entrancing lyrics while the duo of a fiddle and banjo strips folk music back, resulting in an exciting album with a cohesive sense of identity” Cuckoo Review

“these are folk songs, sung in English and French, shot through lost love, found love and plenty of boozing” The Crack

“filled with the European calypso sounds he’s made his own with a generous helping of bluegrass throughout. It’s laid back, like long summer days down by the river, and filled with stories about booze, life on the road, love and heartache” Buzz [3/5]

“The songs are the typical Herman Dune fair in being easi-follow singalongs that even an idiot like me could holler along to. He basks in the sort of choruses that will have pubs of followers singing along and having a good time but oversteps the mark a bit on the otherwise enjoyable opener ‘Ten In the Morning’ where he begins to yodel. Otherwise this is enjoyably old timey campfire singalongs that I’m sure would sound rather good in an old style pub with a roaring fire and Stan and pals in the corner belting them out until way after closing time.” Norman Records

“It’s scary how infectious this tune is, despite minimal instrumentation, just offering string work to back up Brinks’ vocals. The old time sounds never seemed so refreshing.” Austin Town Hall

“a typically idiosyncratic offering; the lo-fi recording of the banjo takes you ear back to the early days of vaudevillian recordings, while the lyrics touch on the cab decorating choices of bus drivers, loves ability to overcome shyness and the dangers of not getting someone’s address; all in just over two minutes” For The Rabbits

Fika’s next show: 26th Feb at Moth Club

12 Jan

Come and join us on the 26th of February at Moth Club for a very special evening with Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums to launch their debut album Better Friends. And what better way to do it, than invite a very special bunch of the band’s friends to join them on stage on the night. We can’t reveal much more than that yet (all will become clear soon!), but we promise you this is one show you don’t want to miss. We’ll be announcing some names and the very special support act shortly… but in the meantime, here’s all the info you need:

26th Feb 2017
Moth Club
Old Trades Hall
Valette Street
E9 6NU
Doors 18:00
Ends 22:00ish
Tickets £7adv / £10 on the door
Facebook event

Christmas at Fika Recordings

22 Dec

We’ve a host of Christmas releases to keep you going through the festive season.

Our double albums from Norwegian Christmas supergroup Sunturns:

A four track EP from Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting:

A long sold out 6 track 10″ from Darren Hayman:

And our mammoth free/pay-what-you-like advent calendar from 2011:
(and don’t forget the advent calendar site, with downloads, artwork, prose and more)

Finally, here’s a Spotify playlist if that’s more your bag…

Happy Christmas!

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums “Graceland”

10 Dec

Allo Darlin’ are sadly no more, playing their farewell shows at Moth Club and the Scala this weekend. But it’s not all bad news – Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting has recorded a solo record! He’s assembled an all-star band, featuring Hannah ‘little sis’ Botting (Owl & Mouse), Paul ‘Thunder’ Rain (Allo Darlin’/Tigercats), Tom ‘Filibuster’ Wade (Owl & Mouse) and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm (The Wave Pictures).

You can pre-order the album on vinyl, CD or digitally right now, and get an immediate download of Graceland to tide you over until the album’s release in the spring.

Introducing Enderby’s Room

9 Dec

I found some notes recently from when I was first setting up the label 6 or so years ago, listing some of the bands I’d love to release once I’d worked out what the hell starting a record label actually entailed. Tucked up near the top of that list was Enderby’s Room.

So, I’m really quite chuffed to say that today we’re releasing the debut single from Enderby’s Room. It’ll be followed up with a couple more digital singles and a proper 7″ in February, and a full album is on it’s way to manufacture now – expect that to be out in April.

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, which included playing fiddle for Morris dancing sides around the country. Mayfield has played fiddle for many artists including Daniel Johnston, Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin.

Over the past ten years he has gently built up a collection of his own songs, which he performs with his band Enderby’s Room. The name comes from an Anthony Burgess character called Mr Enderby who composed his prose inside the toilet. The band’s make up has been constantly evolving; around 30 different individuals have been a part of Enderby’s Room over the last decade, before settling on the current 5 piece lineup.

Enderby’s Room’s sound features a Victorian pedal harmonium, together with French horn, double bass, ukulele, guitar and percussion.

Lakeside, the first single from their forthcoming debut album, is one of the first songs that Mayfield composed, taken from the perspective of someone longing to be with someone they can’t be with. There are themes of nature and listening which also feature throughout the rest of music on the forthcoming album. Mayfield is joined by Emma Winston (Deerful, Owl & Mouse) on vocals in this lamenting duet.

As well as Enderby’s Room, Mayfield set up School of Noise which encourages young people to be creative with sound, using unusual noise making and sound sculpting machines. This project has seen him take workshops to the Green Man and End of the Road festivals as well as the Southbank Centre, Museum of London, Great Ormond Street Hospital and primary schools around the country.

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Here’s Enderby’s Room playing Lakeside live at Union Chapel for Daylight Music:

You Broke My Heart

9 Dec

The final single from the new Stanley Brinks album is out today!

Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques is out on the 13th of January, on double vinyl (green and white), double CD and download.

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Monique

25 Nov

Monique is the second single taken from Stanley Brinks and The Old Time Kaniks forthcoming debut album (out 13th Jan 2017) on double vinyl and double CD. Pre-order your copy here.

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