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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:

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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Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques

6 Nov

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Stanley Brinks – aka André Herman Düne – returns with the new double album ‘Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques’, for sale the follow up to 2016’s Record Store Day Release ‘Turtle Dove’. Once again he is joined by the Norwegian folk collective The Kaniks, prescription this time stripped back to a two piece of fiddle and banjo, treatment ‘The Old Time Kaniks’.

This double album of modern day folk tales of love, loss and mischief was recorded during the same time period as ‘Turtle Dove’, on a remote island outside the small town of Egersund in south west Norway. Over the course of a week of midnight sun, midnight swims and midnight beers on their isolated rocky island, they lived and worked in the only building there, the now-unmanned mid 19th century Vibberodden
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Originally intended as two separate albums, the fact they were recorded on consecutive days, with the same band, it felt natural to present them as a double.
Thematically, apart from the titles – ‘Vieilles Caniques/Nouvelles Caniques’ (or ‘Old Kaniks/New Kaniks’ ) – there are some subtle differences between the two, a little more heartbreak and longing on the first, the second, lyrically a touch more content or resolved, something transitional in the life of SB maybe… though there’s plenty of songs about drinking on both too…!
It’s not unfeasible to imagine that the recording of ‘Old’, followed by an evening partying through the night in the lighthouse with André, transformed The Kaniks to the (bleary eyed/sore headed) ‘New’ the following morning!

Brinks is renowned for his unique anti-folk style: both playful and suggestive, insightful and entertaining. His mastery of storytelling, presented in both English and in French on these albums, brings us to the heart of the free-spirited world of Brinks’ life as a touring musician.
His fondness for calypso and the unusual provide the perfect foil to The Kaniks, whose folk instrumentation and country and bluegrass influences take this double album to a joyous place Brinks hasn’t been before in his extensive back catalogue.

Stanley Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

Press for Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks

You can’t go wrong with this encouraging sense of optimism that pervades the song list, backed by the variety of genres: drinking songs, bluegrass, love songs, polkas, calypso. “And the Violin” is a good example of this positive nature… A worthy addition to any music collection that opines inventive and memorable music.” Americana UK

Turtle Dove is a welcome addition to Stanley Brinks’ back catalogue; he’s one of the most imaginative and accomplished songwriters around today with an unerring instinct for creating atmospheric and engaging albums. Along with his collaborators, The Kaniks, Stanley Brinks has made yet another glorious album which celebrates the individuality of us all at the same time as it reminds us we’re not all that different, really, under the skin. I can see it becoming an indispensable part of my summer soundtrack and am very much looking forward to hearing the other two albums in this trilogy of Nordic antifolk. Great stuff!” Folk Radio

Press for Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures

There’s an electricity about their fourth joint album, especially the live-in-the-room playing and Brinks’ fallen choirboy vocals. The campfire singalongs Brighton and Berlin dispense boozy wisdom from Brinks’ 20-year touring lifestyle, and have an infectious Jonathan Richman-via-Cornershop vibe. Rootsier still, My Camel finds Brinks digging into his Moroccan background with a North African penny whistle, while Fire To My Mind is an irresistible calypso. All told: an absolute joy.” Q

…a set that’s as wistful and charming as it is playful and self-concious.” Uncut

The Wave Pictures’ classy post-punkish bite is a great foil to Brinks’ whimsy on these unhinged, loose-limbed story songs. Sometimes gin makes you win as much as sin.” NME

Vieilles Caniques et Nouvelles Caniques is released on the 13th of January 2017. It will be available on double vinyl (one green, one white), a double CD digifile, or digitally to stream/download from the usual outlets.
Pre-order your copy from the Fika shop here.

Palomica join Fika Recordings

5 Jun

We’re really rather chuffed to be able to announce that Palomica have joined the Fika Recordings fold. We’ll be releasing their second album Petito on the 1st of July – but before that, you can hear the lead single Honeydew below.

Honeydew is released as a 4 track single on the 10th of June.

Then it’s only a short wait until the release of Petito at the start of July. The album comes on pigeon coloured vinyl (think a soft grey base, with specks of green and purple). We’ll have some copies available for sale ahead of the release at the launch show on the 23rd of June at Haunt (Stoke Newington High Street), where Palomica will be joined by The Nervy Betters and Actual Crimes. Full details over on the Facebook page – advance tickets are available from WeGotTickets.

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You can pre-order Petito here.

Palomica is the home-recorded clumsy rock and roll project of Nicol Parkinson. It’s incidental outside sounds alongside tumbling words and occasional guitar flourishes: sometimes melodic, sometimes cacophonic.

Math and Physics Club – In This Together

1 Jun

It’s an absolute pleasure to announce that we’re releasing In This Together, a compilation of EPs, b-sides and rarities from Math and Physics Club. It’s the first time on vinyl for all of these tracks, and we’ve rolled the boat out to make it something truly special: heavyweight cream 12″ vinyl wrapped up in a lovely gatefold sleeve, crammed full of release notes, credits and some wonderful liner notes from Tullycraft’s Sean Tollefson.

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Longtime fans know that Math and Physics Club have never been ones to stash away their lesser material on EPs and b-sides. Some would argue that many of their best songs over the past decade have appeared on exclusive EPs and vinyl-only singles, which is why this collection of non-album tracks plays like one of the band’s finest full length albums, and works equally well for completists and as a starting point for new fans.

The songs here are carefully presented in reverse chronological order, starting with the stunning new track “Coastal California, 1985” that finds the band still in fine form with its chiming guitars and swelling harmonies. Side one continues without missing a beat, winding through several unreleased and hard-to-find tracks from recent years, including a soft and sweet acoustic arrangement of “Do You Keep a Diary” that turns the tables on the electropop version that appeared on their 2007 EP.

Side two features their beloved and previously out-of-print first two EPs, with the classic jangle of “Movie Ending Romance” kicking off a relentlessly cracking set of pop that, when presented together this way, serves to highlight the band’s remarkable first year.

You can pre-order the vinyl from us now – we’ll be shipping these out shortly to ensure you get your copy by the release date on the 24th of June. If CDs are more your bag, then you’re in luck too: our friends over at Matinee Recordings are putting the CD out from the USA – pre-order that from Matinee here.

Turtle Dove – available now!

20 May

Here’s a new one from Stanley Brinks, this time in collaboration with the Norwegian ensemble, The Kaniks. Turtle Dove is out now on blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, complete with download code of the album (and bonus two track single Too Much Women).
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“Joyous jugband songs” Uncut

“Turtle Dove is a welcome addition to Stanley Brinks’ back catalogue; he’s one of the most imaginative and accomplished songwriters around today with an unerring instinct for creating atmospheric and engaging albums. Along with his collaborators, The Kaniks, Stanley Brinks has made yet another glorious album which celebrates the individuality of us all at the same time as it reminds us we’re not all that different, really, under the skin. I can see it becoming an indispensable part of my summer soundtrack and am very much looking forward to hearing the other two albums in this trilogy of Nordic antifolk. Great stuff!” Folk Radio

Sally Shapiro video and single out now

12 May

Here’s the video for Sally Shapiro’s new and final single, If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind. Check out Stereogum‘s beautiful words over at their video premiere.

The video comes courtesy of Jarett Sitter, the genius behind Sally Shapiro’s previous video What Can I Do and Johan’s You Passed Through.

The single is out today – you can buy a copy on 7″ white vinyl (limited to 500), with a b-side of David Guetta’s Dangerous. The download comes with two bonus remixes from Tommy ’86 and Ben Macklin.

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Buy “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind” on 7″ vinyl or download:
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