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Record Label


Mexican Summer

Present location: New York, USA

Since: 2008

Sub-label: Software Records


Mexican Summer is a New York label founded by another label, Kernado Records, in 2008 (they share an office in Brooklyn). In their first months, they focussed on limited releases on 10-inch and digital. Today, however - with 100 references in their catalogue - they have released music on all formats. In just three years, some of the most promising artists on the worldwide underground scene have found a home on the imprint - including No Joy, Best Coast, Washed Out, Tamaryn and The Soft Pack - covering genres that range from post-punk to surf, and from dream-pop to chill-wave. They have recently started Software, a sub-label directed by Daniel Lopatin, on which they've released records by Lopatin's personal or associated projects: Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin and Airbird.

Selected discography

Washed Out: “Life Of Leisure” (2009)

Best Coast: “Crazy For You” (2010)

Tamaryn: “The Waves” (2010)

No Joy: “Ghost Blonde” (2010)

Puro Instinct: “Headbangers In Ecstasy” (2011)



Best Coast

Ford & Lopatin

Gauntlet Hair

Jacuzzi Boys

Kurt Vile

Marissa Nadler

Nite Jewel

No Joy

Oneohtrix Point Never

Part Time

Puro Instinct

Real Estate


The Soft Pack

Washed Out


Wooden Shijps

Young Prisms