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The Just Joans – “You Might Be Smiling Now…” pre-order

9 Oct

Cult Scottish miserabilists The Just Joans are delighted to be releasing their first new album in more than a decade, following the band’s signing to Fika Recordings.

Formed in Glasgow in 2005, The Just Joans have evolved from a shambling two-piece to an accomplished sextet that embraces rivalry and relationship in the vocals of siblings, David and Katie Pope.

Once described as ‘the missing link between The Magnetic Fields and The Proclaimers’, the band have used self-awareness and self-deprecation to continuously explore themes of angst, heartbreak and detachment in their songs.

From their 2006 debut album Last Tango in Motherwell through a series of successful EPs, to 2012’s compilation Buckfast Bottles In The Rain, the acerbic wit in David Pope’s observational lyrics have helped make the band a firm favourite of the indie-pop scene. Their rise has seen them play a plethora of international festivals, such as Wales Goes Pop, Indiefjords, NYC Popfest, and of course the Indietracks festival, of which they have been long-standing cult favourites since their first appearance in 2008.

The band are excited to release You Might Be Smiling Now…, a self-recorded and produced collection of new songs. The release offers more of the same cynicism, but from an older if not necessarily wiser perspective as evidenced on lead single No Longer Young Enough and You Make Me Physically Sick (Let’s Start Having Children) is a jaundiced slice of toybox pop that crosses The Human League and Harold Steptoe.

Complementing this shift in tone comes a more polished electronic sound on tracks A Matter of Time and Someone Else That You Like More Than Me while O’ Caledonia sails along at a blistering pace like no Just Joans lament before it.

Despite the band’s obvious maturity, You Might Be Smiling Now… still manages to maintain all the emotional charm and whimsical melodies that led The List to view The Just Joans as ‘a lovable blend of sleepy acoustic guitars, Brian Wilson-esque harmonies and West Coast sarcasm.’

Discussing the new album, singer-songwriter David Pope:

“You Might Be Smiling Now… could be considered a loose concept album. The songs detail the confusion in my teenage years, the horror of my twenties and the terror of my encroaching middle age. It’s somewhat self-indulgent, but I hope that these wee stories about small town boredom, drunken romance and misty-eyed nostalgia resonate with the other overgrown teenagers out there in their mid-thirties.”

The Just Joans are David Pope (vocals and guitar), Katie Pope (vocals), Chris Elkin (lead guitar), Fraser Ford (bass guitar), Doog Cameron (keyboards) and Jason Sweeney (drums).

Pre-order You Might Be Smiling Now… on heavyweight black vinyl, CD or as a download.

The Hayman Kupa Band album out today

21 Jul

The debut album from The Hayman Kupa Band is available on heavyweight black vinyl, on CD or digitally from all the usual places.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

The Hayman Kupa Band headline the Shacklewell Arms on the 24th of July (tickets available from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings), and play at Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire (28-30 July).

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.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

Enderby’s Room album out today

21 Apr

The debut album from Enderby’s Room is out today. Available on black 12″ vinyl, digifile CD and digitally to stream or download.

“unfolding gently, the quiet grace of Enderby’s Room seems to draw on the folk tradition while taking brave chances of its own.” Clash Music
“an exquisitely delivered, and vivid piece of songwriting” For The Rabbits
“it’s all rather lovely” For Folks Sake
“a lamenting duet” Folk Radio
“has a subtle beauty that will overwhelm you” Austin Town Hall
“an absolute stunner” A Musical Priority

Get it here:

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

‘Better Friends’ from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums out now!

10 Mar

While Bill is 40,000ft up in the air*, moving his family back to Australia, we’re releasing his first album since Allo Darlin’s triumphant finale. Everyone’s favourite bass-player-with-moustache-come-charismatic-front-man (McCartney, Lemmy, nah!) has made an album simply described as indie mixed with country, or country mixed with indie. Or like if Lou Reed went to a Linda Ronstadt Concert in 1988 and decided to have a change of direction. It’s an absolute cracker – just as you’d expect from Bill, and his assembled backing band cherry picking members from The Wave Pictures, Tigercats, Hefner and Owl & Mouse.

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Better Friends is available on blue 12″ vinyl, CD and digitally. You can buy a copy from us via our online shop, from your local record shop, and from all the usual digital outlets (Spotify/iTunes/etc).

*literally, by my calculations he’ll be over Eastern Europe as the album is released in the UK, and by the time he lands it’ll be out worldwide and have been out in Australia for all of a day

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.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

“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

Turtle Dove now available on CD

7 Nov

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You’ve been asking us for a while for a CD version of Stanley Brinks & The Kaniks’ “Turtle Dove”, following it’s vinyl only release for Record Store Day earlier in the year. So here it is – complete with lyrics booklet – in a gatefold style digifile sleeve. We’re shipping copies now from Fika HQ, so if you were after one, now’s your chance! It’ll be available in shops shortly – we’re expecting a mid December street date if you’d prefer to pick it up from your local record shop.
Buy your copy here with an immediate mp3/wav/flac download: http://shop.fikarecordings.com/album/turtle-dove

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