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EP by Cocteau Twins
Released 4 March 1985
Genre Ethereal wave
Length 14:34
Label 4AD – BAD501
Producer Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins chronology
Tiny Dynamine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Aikea-Guinea is a March 1985 7" single and 12" EP by the Scottish rock group Cocteau Twins, released on 4AD. The 7" featured two non-album tracks, while the EP added two more.


Aikea-Guinea was included as a bonus with some Canadian pressings of Treasure. The title track also appeared on the compilation The Pink Opaque (1985), and a remastered version appeared on Stars and Topsoil (2000). On the 7", the song "Kookaburra" has a short percussive introduction that is not present on the EP. The EP was reissued in 1991 as part of The Box Set and again in 2005 as part of the Lullabies to Violaine compilation, this time with a remixed "alternate" version of the title track.

Meaning of the title[edit]

According to Robin Guthrie, the word "aikea-guinea" is a Scottish colloquialism for a seashell.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Cocteau Twins.

  1. "Aikea-Guinea" – 3:57
  2. "Kookaburra" – 3:19
  3. "Quisquose" – 4:10 (EP only)
  4. "Rococo" – 3:08 (EP only)



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Cocteau Twins, history, chapter 7: 1985". Retrieved 2015-08-09. "Aikea-Guinea" is, according to Robin, an old Scottish colloquialism for a seashell