Tag Archives: Album

The Hayman Kupa Band – debut album on Fika Recordings in July

26 Apr

We’ve been huge fans of Emma Kupa for a long time now, so we’re very excited to be working with her on the debut album from The Hayman Kupa Band, alongside Fika stalwart Darren Hayman.

When Darren Hayman (Hefner) and Emma Kupa (Standard Fare/Mammoth Penguins) decided to make a duets record, we knew the results would be great, but we didn’t expect them to be THIS great. Gathering together a rhythm section consisting of Michael Wood (Whoa Melodic/Singing Adams) on bass and Cat Loye (Fever Dream) on drums, The Hayman Kupa band create brash, bold and effortlessly melodic power pop. Sharing writing duties and sometimes singing each others words, lines are blurred and creativity explored in a wonderfully exuberant collection of songs. The album, recorded in three days at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, is an exploration of relationships and, at its heart, it’s the sound of a friendship being made.

The first track taken from the album is No More Bombs, and we’ll be revealing a couple more in the run up to the album’s release on the 21st of July. You can pre-order it here.

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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!

New album from Darren Hayman

12 Sep

Darren Hayman

We’re very excited to be able to say we’ve got a new album from Darren Hayman coming out in November, the first with Fika Recordings since 2013’s album Bugbears. Since then he’s put out the incredible Chants For Socialists (a stunning album taking inspiration and words from William Morris’ pamphlet of the same name) and unveiled a long running project based around Thankful Villages.

Back to the LP in question! It is a beautifully delicate and touchingly honest album simply titled Florence after the city in which it was created. This is his very first purely solo album, featuring no other musicians. It was written and recorded between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat belonging to Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin’) and Ola Innset (Making Marks). Continuing his habit of making incisive, observational and beautiful albums, with Florence Hayman has taken a back-to-basics approach, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian apparetemento of his hosts.

We’ll be putting this out on vinyl and download at the start of November, but to whet your appetite, here’s the opening track from Florence, Nuns Run The Apothecary, supposedly Darren’s response to Allo Darlin’s track Darren!.

Florence by Darren Hayman is available to pre-order on 12″ vinyl now

‘Departures’ from Owl & Mouse out now!

24 Jul

It feels like we’ve been sat on this record for a long time, eagerly awaiting the time where we can let you hear it all! And now we can!
It might be one of our best looking records to date (hat tip to Tom Humberstone for this amazing artwork) – you can get it on lovely 12″ vinyl, CD or as a digital download direct from us at the Fika Recordings shop, from iTunes, Spotify and all the usual outlets.