Chikinki

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The band formed at Hiatt Baker Hall at the University of Bristol in 1996/1997. Originally called "Rupert & The Beards", the band have been playing together for over 15 years. Their early sound was more funk than anything else but after leaving university and moving to a shared house their music became more eclectic and experimental. After Sherwood decided to leave the band Wensley became a second keyboard/synth player. As there was no bass player the two keyboards shared rhythm, bass and melody duties which gave the band a distinctive sound. All five members write the songs, both individually and collectively. An early EP, ‘Telephone Heroes”, was followed be their first album, Experiment with Mother. Recorded at home, it was released by Bristol Label Sink and Stove Records along with the single ‘Like It Or Leave It”. Having gigged regularly for many years around Bristol they began to play further a-field. This led to them acquiring management and subsequently signing a deal with Island Records. The band recorded the album ‘Lick Your Ticket’ in 2003 with producer Steve Osborne at Realworld Studios. They released a number of singles from it and toured extensively, playing with bands such as Kasabian, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Charlatans as well as at Glastonbury and V festivals. However, they were unable to sell enough records to make a sufficient return on the large investment Island had made in them and their contract was not extended to another album. Whilst working in Berlin with dance producers Tiefschwarz they were seen performing by Kitty-Yo Records who signed the album up for release in GAS . Their next record, ‘Brace, Brace’ was licensed by Weekender among other labels. Produced by Bruno Ellingham this album featured the single, ‘You Said’ which enjoyed a lot of airplay and allowed the band to play a large number of gigs across Europe. Their most recent album ‘Bitten’ was written and recorded at Studio East in Berlin; a studio run by their guitarist East. Funded by BMG Rights and distributed by Rough Trade it features the single ‘Bitte Bitte’.
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Chikinki Discography Tracks

Albums

Chikinki - Experiment With Mother album art Chikinki Experiment With Mother (Album) Sink And Stove Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Lick Your Ticket album art Chikinki Lick Your Ticket (Album) Island Records, Island Records Group UK 2004 Sell This Version
UCOW003 Chikinki - The Balloon Factory (B-Sides & Rarities) album art Chikinki The Balloon Factory (B-Sides & Rarities)(CD, Album) Urban Cow UCOW003 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Brace, Brace album art Chikinki Brace, Brace (Album) Weekender Records Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Bitten album art Chikinki Bitten (Album) Urban Cow Germany 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Chikinki - Assassinator 13 album art Chikinki Assassinator 13 (Single) Island Records, Island Records UK 2003 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Time album art Chikinki Time (Single) Fierce Panda, Fierce Panda UK 2003 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Hate TV album art Chikinki Hate TV (Single) Island Records Europe 2003 Sell This Version
Chikinki - All Eyes album art Chikinki All Eyes (Single) Island Records UK 2004 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Ether Radio album art Chikinki Ether Radio (Single) Island Records, Island Records Group UK 2004 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Like It Or Leave It album art Chikinki Like It Or Leave It (Single) Island Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Chikinki - All Eyes album art Chikinki All Eyes(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records none Europe 2004 Sell This Version
10CHIKINKI01 Chikinki - The Berlin Sessions album art Chikinki The Berlin Sessions(10", Promo) Island Records 10CHIKINKI01 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Chikinki - Wait & See Vinyl II album art Tiefschwarz Feat. Chikinki Tiefschwarz Feat. Chikinki - Wait & See Vinyl II (Single) Four Music, Fine. UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Chikinki - You Said album art Chikinki You Said (Single) Urban Cow UK 2006 Sell This Version
UCOW007 Chikinki Hello Hello(CDr, Single) Urban Cow UCOW007 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Chikinki - All Eyes album art Chikinki All Eyes(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Videos

none, GB-ANN-03-00377 Chikinki Assassinator 13(VHS, Promo, PAL) Ascent Media, Universal Island Records none, GB-ANN-03-00377 Unknown Sell This Version
none Chikinki Watch With Chikinki(DVD) Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Chikinki - Take Me Out (Album Sampler) album art Chikinki Take Me Out (Album Sampler) Island Records, Island Records Group UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Chikinki Berlin Sessions (B-sides On Commercial Relase Of "All Eyes")(CDr, Smplr) Island Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version
CHIKINKISLIP1 Chikinki - The Berlin Sessions album art Chikinki The Berlin Sessions(2xCD) Island Records CHIKINKISLIP1 UK 2004 Sell This Version

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djnudge

djnudge

June 29, 2009
edited over 7 years ago
Check their early singles

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