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Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums: Treating You Right

10 Feb

Treating You Right, the latest single taken from the forthcoming album from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums is out now!

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In case you hadn’t heard, Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting is returning to Australia in March. So we’re sending him off in the best possible way – an almighty party on a Sunday night. Come join us at Moth Club on the 26th of February from 6pm for an evening of music, celebration and sadness. Bill’s asked an all star cast of indie heroes to come and perform alongside him on the night. We’ve announced the appearance of Tigercats, Darren Hayman, Simon Love, Emma Kupa and Moustache Of Insanity so far, but there are even more guests to be announced. You really wouldn’t want to miss out on Bill’s Last Waltz. Advance tickets are available for £7 from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings.

Fika Recordings is 5!

1 Mar

Back in early 2011, with very modest ambitions, Fika Recordings launched with 4 handmade cassette releases from Lisa Bouvier, Horowitz, Lost Summer Kitten and Moustache Of Insanity. We’ve certainly grown and learnt faster than we expected, and over the past 5 years we’ve racked up 50 releases, taken bands to tour in the US and in Europe, heard our tracks on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, met many, many wonderful new people in the process. There’s plenty more to come over the next year (and hopefully over the next 5 too), but to make some space at Fika HQ (aka known as what’s left of my spare room), we’re having a little sale.

We’ve selected 5 of our favourite albums, one from each year we’ve been going, and we’re selling them for £5 each, just for the next 5 days. So if there’s some back catalogue you’ve been meaning to pick up, now’s your chance to do it on the cheap!

Year One:
Moustache Of Insanity – Album Of Death [LP/CD] Just £5!

Year Two:
Tigercats – Isle Of Dogs [LP] Just £5!

Year Three:
Azure Blue – Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt [LP/CD] Just £5!

Year Four:
Making Marks – A Thousand Half Truths [LP/CD] Just £5!

Year Five:
Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures – My Ass [LP/CD] Just £5!

Prices go back to normal on Sunday night, so don’t hang around…

Fulhäst – What Do You See?

8 Jul


London’s one-man-Gameboy-pop-punk-band Fulhäst has published a new video for the song What Do You See?, the upcoming single from debut album Broken.

The video features members of Durham punk bands ONSIND (Plan-It-X Records) and Martha (Discount Horse Records), as well as Birmingham’s Ace Bushy Striptease (Odd Box Records).

What Do You See? is a totally free (or pay what you like) download available from the Fika webshop.

‘Broken’ comes on yellow vinyl at the end of the month – it’s available to pre-order now from the shop. The album also includes a remix of a Your Skin from Darren Hayman… we’ll let you hear that shortly!


Halloween Special Offer

25 Oct

As it is almost Halloween, you’re going to need something suitably awesome and suitably gory to listen to. But fear not! We’ve just the album you need! We’ve slashed the prices on Moustache Of Insanity’s Album Of Death to just £5, on both the LP and the CD. It’s an album bursting with blood, guts and tales of zombie sex. Those dodgy looking characters lurking in the shadows? Why, they’re Nik Vestberg [Fulhäst] and Bill Botting [Allo Darlin’], teaming up for a 13 tracks of getting attacked by human cats, gameboy screams from hell and, er, dinner parties with the recently deceased.

The vinyl comes all wrapped up in a blood smeared inner sleeve too – every one provides a different window into the darkest part of my/Bill’s/Nik’s inner most nightmares

Plus a download code and all sorts of other goodies. Just a fiver.
Go here http://moustacheofinsanity.fikarecordings.com/album/album-of-death to buy Album Of Death and here http://shop.fikarecordings.com/ to browse the rest of Fika’s back catalogue.
Offer ends in November. Be quick or have a slightly more rubbish Halloween.

BBC Radio 1: Huw Stephens’ Label Of Love

27 Jul

This week we were delighted to be asked to join Huw Stephens on his BBC Radio 1 show to talk about Fika Recordings and play some tunes from the catalogue.

You can listen again here:

Here’s what we played:
Tigercats – Harper Lee
Lisa Bouvier – Andreas
Red Shoe Diaries – Ice & Snow
Moustache Of Insanity – We Need More Awesome
Darren Hayman – Photos Like Postcards
The Smittens – First Bus
Making Marks – Hard To Be Good

Fulhäst – Down The Deuce

20 May

Nik used to be one half of Moustache of Insanity. Fulhäst makes some sort of electronic, poppy/punky music, using old Casio keyboards, electric guitars, circuit-bent microphones and Game Boys. His debut EP comes out on Fika Recordings on the 18th of June. You can listen and pre-order the cassette here.

Moustache Of Insanity [RIP]

26 Jan

Sad news people – Moustache Of Insanity are calling it a day.

Moustache Of Insanity were one of the bands that made me want to start this label and I was overwhelming excited when Bill and Nik said yes to putting out a cassette on Fika this time last year. They’ve been an utter pleasure to have on the label and their Album Of Death was one of my favourite albums of last year, released here on sexy blood red vinyl and with our friends at Pull Yourself Together on CD.

All afternoon I’ve been thinking back over the gigs I’ve seen them play. Some have been truly shambolic; some have sounded rather professional; all been fantastically fun: they’ve never failed to make me grin, dance and giggle like an overexcited toddler. From the sticky, sweaty, bloody full band show in Brixton for the album launch, to the acoustic set in the workshop tent at last year’s Indietracks festival, playing a blinding set earlier this month at The Lexington, to a truly chaotic set in a basement in Hackney with The Wave Pictures…. I’ve loved every single minute. Nik, Bill, thank you both!

So before Bill gets time to get back to being a full time Dad and bass player with Allo Darlin, and Nik launches his solo gameboy project, there are a few chances to see them play live together.
26 Jan – The Book Club, London
3 Feb – The Others, London
4 Feb – The Victora, Birmingham
10 Feb – Silver Bullet, London
1 Mar – The Cellar, Oxford
16 Mar – Singapora Lounge, Rochester

You can still buy their LP from us here – every copy comes its own photograph of them fooling around somewhere, a personalised message, a tea bag of death and a cake recipe, all on a delicious smelling slab of blood red vinyl. Go buy it before they’re gone forever x