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Mexican Summer: A Decade Deeper

Mexican Summer

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Very few independent record labels make it beyond their initial releases these days thanks to the ever-increasing reliance on streaming services. Which while being cost effective, contain the personality of a wet clothes peg so it's something of an achievement for a label to celebrate its tenth year of existence in the current, digitized climate.

Step forwards Mexican Summer, an imprint set up by Kemado Records in 2008. Initially as a development outlet releasing limited edition vinyls that's grown over the past decade into a reissue and publishing imprint as well as launching their own annual music and visual arts festival too. 

What's most gratifying about Mexican Summer is how they've become a go to place for international A&R scouts, and as a result, played a pivotal role in launching many an artist to a wider audience. Mexican Summer: A Decade Deeper compiles a selection of previously unreleased material from 13 of those artists, some of whom went on to become household names in the process.

As one would expect from a label with such a highly respected pedigree, there are far too many highlights to mention but Ariel Pink's minimalist funk instrumental "Nonsequitur Segues" and Arp's beautiful lament "Il Sogno Di Monica" do take some beating. Elsewhere, San Francisco's Part Time do elegant post-punk on "Saturday Night" while Florida duo Tonstartssbandht provide a glimpse of what to expect in the future courtesy of the dreamy "Livin' In Hope."

Happy birthday Mexican Summer! Here's to the next decade. (

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