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:
We've had some tote bags made up. They come in 5 colours (black, graphite grey, navy blue, classic red and bottle green), are 100% cotton and look amazing! Available from the Fika webshop - buy tote bag.
Victoria and Jacob are yet another new signing to Fika Recordings! We first came across them around this time last year when they sent us some sublime demos from their upcoming album. The frantic nature of running a record label alongside a full time day job took its toll, and that particular email slipped down the list of important-things-to-get-done-when-I-get_home-from-work, slightly forgotten. Roll on a few months and to an East London pub, sitting enjoying a few drinks with Trev from Oddbox Records, Darren Hayman and John from WIAIWYA, while we discussed ideas (ridiculous and not-so) and tinkered with Darren's Excel spreadsheets, talk turned to demos received and demos that had slipped through the net from bands that went on to Bigger Things... Several pints later, John and I had decided that we'd be working together on the Victoria and Jacob, having both fallen in love with those early demos tracks and neither of us quite having had time to do anything about it yet!
Fast forward 6 months from that meeting and we're just about ready to release the lead single from their forthcoming debut album. Festival will be out on the 27th of May, from both Fika Recordings and WIAIWYA, joined on the b-side by a cover of The Church's Under The Milky Way.
You can pre-order the 7" right now, with an immediate download of Festival from the Fika Recordings shop.
Not only that, but we're giving away a free remix every Monday right up until the single release date. So far, we've had a Ralegh Long/Alex Pyper remix, one from Gringle and another from Alexander's Festival Hall. There's another five yet to come, and the final two are personal favourites! Keep up to date with the remixes here.
There's also a beautifully summery video for Festival, which you can watch below! Enjoy!
We're starting to do a little bit of distribution. Currently, it'll mainly be releases from artists working with Fika Recordings, who've released records previously/simultaneously on other labels. We want to help you explore their back catalogue, save on postage costs and enjoy more excellent music!So far, we've got the debut 7" single from Victoria and Jacob. We've just a handful of copies left of their single With No Certainty / There's A War - once they're gone, they're gone forever. And when they do, you'll need to keep your eyes peeled for their next digital single on Fika in April and their 7" single in May. As well as that, we've an LP and a CD from My Little Pony, who went on to become Making Marks having lost a member of the original band. Pick up a copy of their debut 12" LP Think Too Much, which features one of my favourite songs, and favourite lines:
And she said.. "Your love is like nuclear energy- it leaves a lot of stuff I don't know what to do with. And do you really love me or am I just in your network?"
We've also got a handful of copies of their second album, called Making Marks, available on CD.
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
This is one of the most exciting things Fika Recordings have gotten involved in so far. We've been asked to put out a super limited edition (100 only) cassette version of Allo Darlin's second album, Europe. I'm busy making them at the moment, and it'll be quite some package. Every cassette will be handmade and hand numbered, and will come with a digital download code, a bag of Allo Darjeelin' tea, a recipe for Elizabeth's mum's Sacher Torte, and a very small 16 page artwork and lyric booklet.
You can pre-order the album on cassette from us now - we'll be shipping when the album is released in Europe at the start of May.
The ever reliable Fortuna Pop will be releasing Europe in Europe on CD, LP and digital; while the lovely Slumberland Records will be putting the album out on the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks to them both for asking us to get involved - it is a delight to be involved in releasing what is a mighty fine record.
This time last year Fika Recordings HQ was a flurry of cutting and folding, getting our first four cassettes ready for our launch in the middle of February. A year on and 12 releases later, we're still a buzz of frantic and somewhat chaotic activity. All in order to bring you a bunch of fantastic releases this year, the first of which comes from Red Shoe Diaries.
Ice & Snow is the lead single from their EP on Fika Recordings, "When I Find My Heart...". It'll be available to download from the Fika Recordings website on a pay what you like basis (and we're happy for you to download it for free). You can still buy their 5 track 10" EP from us here.
Artwork for the single comes courtesy of Amy Blackwell.
So I baked, baked some more, got the slow train to north London, drank lots of Brooklyn lager and played a few tunes. Thanks to everyone that came down and helped eat the cinnamon rolls and the chocolate cookies! Azure Ray - Displaced St. Thomas - Heroes Making Dinner The Caravelles - Tonight You Belong To Me Lost Summer Kitten - Lovesong No. 1 The Broken Family Band - Nights In The Tractor Beam Micah P Hinson - When We Embraced Darren Hayman - Photos Like Postcards Laura Cantrell - Khaki & Corduroy Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Maundering Seafood - Broken Promises Jellybean - 99 Problems Nina Gordon - Straight Outta Compton Laurel Music - Dreams & Lies Devon Sproule - Let's Go Out Mississippi John Hurt - Nobody's Dirty Business William Elliot Whitmore - First Of A Thousand Beasts Camera Obscura - I Don't Want To See You The Bobby McGee's - No Friends Jam On Bread - When I'm Entering Data Allo, Darlin' - Tallulah
The Robot Ate Me - The Genocide Ball Sweet Baboo - I'd Kill For You Even If You Didn't Want Me To Smog - Dress Sexy At My Funeral Owl & Mouse - Heavy Heart Bishop Allen - Butterfly Nets Red Shoe Diaries - Ice And Snow Let's Go Sailing - This Rope Is Long My Little Pony - A Miracle Säkert! - Någon Gång Måste Du Bli Själv The Ladybug Transistor - 3=Wild The Owls - Peppermint Patty Lambchop - The Man Who Loved Beer Au Revoir Simone - Stars CocoRosie - Tekno Love Song Old Man Luedecke - Joy Of Cooking Ed Greene - Love (She Tells Me There's A God Above) We Show Up On Radar - An Animal Sports Day
To celebrate the announcement of our launch gig, we've made the whole of Lisa Bouvier's debut EP for us available to stream on last.fm. You can go here to listen to it in its entirety.
This is the launch party for the new diy indiepop cassette label, Fika Recordings. All four of our launch artists will be releasing a cassette EP tonight, so come along, there'll be cake!
Horowitz [UK] Horowitz are “the sound of the indiepop underground”. The two piece have penned some of my favourite pop songs over the past years, with both I Need A Blanket and Popkids of the World Unite guaranteed to get me shuffling my feet at any disco. After releases on indie staples Cloudberry and Thee SPC, we’re very proud to be releasing their next EP. http://www.myspace.com/horowitzband
Moustache Of Insanity [UK] I love this band. Over the past 18 months or so of seeing Moustache Of Insanity across the UK and Sweden, no other band has made me grin like a buffoon, jump about so much or make me feel quite so alive. Shambolic, adorable and utterly essential. http://www.moustacheofinsanity.com/
Lisa Bouvier [SE] Lisa Bouvier took the brave leap into the pop world 2007, having grown tired of compromises in various band formations. She quickly made a name in southern Sweden as its most frisky popstar with handclaps, vocal harmonies and a bloodied guitar that could get any pop club or living room dancing along to her catchy songs. This is Lisa's first solo show (though she'll be joined by her backing band of exceptionally talented Swedes) in the UK, before playing Oddbox and Big Pink Cake night's later in Feb and March. http://lisabouvier.se/
Lost Summer Kitten [SE] Lost Summer Kitten was born late in Lund, Sweden, sometime around December 2005. The duo have since been joined by friends to perform their tales of bittersweet heartbreak. This is their very first UK show! http://www.myspace.com/lostsummerkitten
Tickets are £5 advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/103538 Tickets will be available on the door (£6, £4 unwaged). Doors at 8, LSK on at 8:30pm.