As tireless curators, purveyors, and lovers of fine modern pop music (that tends to fall on the dreamier side of the spectrum) over the past half-decade, our friends at Cascine have become one my personal most beloved and revered labels. So, we’re very psyched and honored that they’ve asked us to help them celebrate turning 5 years old this year, with a special celebration on September 17 at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel.

The evening will feature performances by Cascine artists Chad Valley, Lemonade, Yumi Zouma, Korallreven, and Cuushe, as well as DJ sets from Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone), Jensen Sportag, and Maria Usbeck (Selebrities), and emcee Duncan Cooper (FADER, Wildarms). Presented by us, Spotify, and our friends at AdHoc. Purchase your tickets early to cop one of their awesome limited “Cascine 5YR Packs“, which includes a brand new Yumi Zouma 12″, a cassette mixtape featuring some of my personal Cascine highlights over the years and a couple of stellar unreleased jams, selected by yours truly, and more:

“Attendees have the choice of purchasing a general admission ticket, or a ticket that includes a limited 5YR Pack which features 1) a ticket to the event 2) a cassette mixtape curated by Gorilla vs. Bear’s Chris Cantalini (ed: that’s me) that includes standout tracks from the label’s catalogue along with unreleased songs by Boat Club, Chad Valley and Jensen Sportag. 3) a new and yet-to-be announced Yumi Zouma 12″, and 4) the Cascine 5YR tee as designed by Jack Hardwicke.”

We’ll share more on this soon, but you can check out the Cascine 5YR pack below, and grab your tickets now here. Congrats Jeff, Andi, Sandra, and Cascine <3

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Wet‘s heartbreaking new single “Deadwater” already has a gorgeous official video, but this is the rare song that warrants as many vids as the band wants to make, and as much love and attention as we can give. Here’s a simple, elegant black and white recording of the group performing the song in the house that Jimi built, NYC’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. “Deadwater” is taken from Wet’s beautiful forthcoming debut LP, Don’t You.

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“Low-end might be associated with thunder, or the sound of a mother’s heartbeat as heard from inside the womb, or an approaching stampede, or earthquake. Low-end generally indicates something bigger and more powerful than you”Botany

Dimming Awe, The Light is Raw is the expansive new full-length from DFW native and current Austin resident Spencer Stephenson, aka Botany. The record feels like a widescreen sci-fi excursion, recalling the the more adventurous leanings of FlyLo, Boards of Canada, King Britt’s latest Fhloston Paradigm release, and the Leaving Records crew (Leaving leader matthewdavid lends his vocals to album highlight “Glow Up“). We’re psyched to premiere the booming, psychedelic lead single “Jotu“, an ominous, warm and absolutely thunderous track that works as a perfect intro to the record’s glorious synthesis of dusty hip-hop vibes and cosmic free jazz spirit (if you’re feeling this one, wait until you hear the mind warping 6-minute mini-epic “Bad CGI“). Dimming Awe, The Light is Raw is out September 18 on Western Vinyl.

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Are you rough and ready tumble, are you careless like a child?
When you lost her did you smile, do you stumble are you wild?

Currently in love with the danceable/devastating (occasionally at the same time) new Pure Bathing Culture full-length; here is the title track. Pray For Rain is out October 23.

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The most versatile producer in the game™ Recycle Culture just sent over his beautiful, swirling psychedelic (official) remix of Valet‘s “Clouds” — taken from one of our favorite records of the year so far — that we kind of want to listen to on loop forever, complete with a trippy visual accompaniment that he also created. Watch/download below:

Valet :: Clouds (Recycle Culture Magellanic mix)

In other RC news, the producer/composer also dropped a transportive new EP which he calls “a 22 minute excursion of instrumental new wave balearic ambient surf“, in the same vein as last year’s essential Drown Me Up. Stream the whole thing below, and download it here:

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Thoughts and a short glimpse into Jamie xx‘s “Ultramarine“, the new composition/soundscape he created in response to Théo van Rysselberghe’s “Coastal Scene” (pictured above). Catch Jamie live next weekend here in TX at GvsB V, in Dallas on July 31 + in Austin on August 1.

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Madrid’s Hinds unveil a track from their highly-anticipated debut album, which will hopefully be out sometime this fall. That band says of “Chili Town”:

Chili Town was born in a friday afternoon.
while drinking sangria we realized that if our songs were battles, we’ll always end up being the injured soldier.
then we were like “fuck it dude, why are we always the weak one in our lyrics??? what’s wrong with us???”
so yeaaaaahhh we made it! we wrote a winner song! …right?

Chili was written exactly in the same place and way we wrote our first song ever, AND is gonna be released exactly with the same team that took care of it : Lucky Number music in Europe and Mom and Pop in the US. You can’t imagine how proud and excited we feel :) .
It will belongs to our DEBUT ALBUM 8-)

Hinds will also be heading back over to the States for some shows this fall with Ariel Pink, the Black Lips, and others. Check all of those dates here.

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[taken from Empress Of's debut LP ME, out September 11 on Terrible Records]

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