Celebrating their 100th release, cult label Mexican Summer presents a special one-off release consisting of two unique productions from Ford & Lopatin, featuring guest appearances from label mates Tamaryn and Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum. The Brooklyn-based label, born in 2008 has since released the likes of Washed Out, Ariel Pink, Best Coast, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Kurt Vile. Here we speak to Keith from the label alongside an exclusive mix from Tamaryn ahead of the new release out on 25 November ...
Dazed Digital: How do you find and/or pick your artists? Is there something in common that runs through all your signings or a sound you’re looking for?
Mexican Summer: There's no real process for us when it comes to finding a band - we've come to the releases in a variety of ways - buying records, mutual friends, internet digging, seeing shows... there's usually a little bit of good timing/luck involved. The only real criteria is good songwriting and a good attitude - both crucial!
DD: Why did you start Mexican Summer?
Mexican Summer: To have an alternate outlet for releasing music with less pressure and rules. At the time, Kemado was releasing five or six albums a year in a very traditional way. There was no looseness or freedom to just put out a one off single. There were a ton of bands I wanted to work with and it just felt like a way to step in a different direction. We didn't reinvent the wheel - if anything, I just took cues from many of the labels I was buying records from. I never expected it to be something that would be going strong four years later.
DD: Story behind the name?
Mexican Summer: The name comes from a Marissa Nadler track of the same title from her wonderful "Songs III: Bird On The Water" album. It felt like a good name for the label and Marissa gave us her blessing...
DD: How do you feel your sound has changed or progressed over time?
Mexican Summer: We haven't put any real thought into that - just going with our gut and trying to put out records we dig. Though it's changed pretty drastically from our first 3 releases, which were psych, black metal and drone records, haha. I guess I tried to reign in the styles a little more and not be so schizophrenic.
DD: What was your track of the summer?
Mexican Summer: Probably a toss up between Peaking Lights' "All The Sun That Shines" and Odyssey's "Who".
DD: What are you most excited about next?
Mexican Summer: Very stoked for the Software (Dan Lopatin/Joel Ford's imprint under us) schedule going into 2012 - Autre Ne Veut, Matthewdavid, Napolian, Slava, Megafortress. Mexican Summer has records coming up w/ The Fresh & Onlys, Light Asylum, Best Coast, Tamaryn, Peaking Lights, Mike Wexler, Yellow Year and a ton of singles, etc.
TURNING SHRINES - 1/4 CIRCLE BLACK
LILYS - HIGH WRITER AT HOME
VIOLENS - TOTALLY TRUE
MELTED TOYS- WILD WAVES
CAROL - SO LOW
BOY FRIEND - LAZY HUNTER
SAD LOVERS AND GIANTS - ON ANOTHER DAY
THE WAKE - GRUESOME CASTLE
BIFF, BANG, POW! - BABY YOU JUST DON'T CARE
Tamaryn - Mexican Summer - Lost Weekend Mix for Dazed