When Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer launched a decade ago, it was a side-project. Founded by Keith Abrahamssom and parent label Kemado Records, Mexican Summer began as an outlet for limited-edition vinyl-only releases with unique physical packaging and design, but it quickly grew into something much bigger, spinning off to become its own label and expand beyond vinyl. Over 10 years, with releases from breakout artists such as Best Coast, Ariel Pink, and Real Estate, along with more cultish fan favorites like Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Black Moth Super Rainbow, Mexican Summer has established itself as an endlessly adventurous yet consistently quality label, and one that it doesn’t feel boastful to call a genuine tastemaker.
This playlist, curated by the label, scans the Mexican Summer catalogue for some of their all-time favorites, from Swedish prog-psych jammers Dungen (the label’s first ever release) to experimental electronic maestro Oneohtrix Point Never (whose Daniel Lopatin also runs the Mexican Summer imprint Software Recording Co.) to more recent finds such as Allah-Las spin-off PAINT.
Mexican Summer co-founder Abrahamssom says: “Mexican Summer: a decade deeper, play listing our way into your heart. This selection represents a brief sonic history of our adventures since founding the label in 2008. Not everything is here, but everything would be too much. Some choice selects.”