Chad Valley is Hugo Manuel from Oxford, UK, one of the label's earliest and longest-standing artists. His music is triumphant in sound and rich in construct. With one of the strongest voices in modern music, Chad Valley is pure pop talent.
Apart from her work with Au Revoir Simone, solo material by Brooklyn's Erika Spring explores the subjects of femininity, strength, love and conflict. On her debut EP for Cascine, Erika sets her signature sense of finesse against a backdrop of sturdier production and tougher beats.
Jensen Sportag is Austin Wilkinson and Elvis Craig from Nashville. Their music straddles time periods, taking the best of each era and making it uniquely their own. Following an outstanding EP and a string of celebrated remixes, Jensen Sportag's debut album, Stealth of Days was released in November.
Arresting vocals by Sarah P and twilight-tinged production by RΠЯ make up the musical world of Keep Shelly in Athens. Their material is undeniably well constructed and easy to appreciate, taking its cues from classic downtempo and alternative rock. After two successful EPs, the band released their debut album, At Home, last fall.
Following the release of a highly-acclaimed debut LP that pulled from references as wide as dancehall and minimal techno to commercial pop and modern composition, Stockholm's Korallreven join Cascine. Their new album is set against a hyper pop landscape gathering washes of melodic arpeggios and Far East influences.
Lemonade is a band we've admired for years. Known for their consistently lush rhythms and sharp arrangements, their music is equal parts throwing back and pushing forward, always landing square in the pleasure centres. Their third album is due out in 2014 and promises to be their strongest offering yet.
RxGibbs makes music for space travel, late night car rides and thinking clearly about heavy things. Ron Gibbs from Michigan is one of Cascine's few electronic-only artists. His sound has become integral to the patchwork of the label.
Based in Brooklyn, but with a sound influenced by European artists of the eighties and nineties, Selebrities is a band we think the absolute world of. Maria Usbeck owns vocal duties, Jer Robert Paulin plays guitar, his brother Josh handles bass, and Max Peterson oversees production.
School '94 is among a new crop of Gothenburg artists who are redefining their city's sound from the inside out. Pulling from classic punk and modern pop reference points, the tracks are stripped down, honest and expertly played. Blue guitar curls mix with high, romantic basslines and pulsing percussion to provide a platform for Alice Botéus’ unbreakable vocals.
Shine 2009's music is effortlessly cool and utterly nonchalant. Their sound formed the very foundation of Cascine. The boys, Sami Suova and Mikko Pykari, also operate as leftfield electronic artist, Cup, and share a member with Finnish band Regina. Our Nation, their sophomore album, was released in October. Shine 2009 is from Helsinki.
Toronto summer heroes have a sound as expansive as the ocean itself. Jamie Townsend and Ben Dalton make music that's transcendent, colorful and confident. Taking cues from Scandinavian electro pop, their tracks are immersed in the sensory experiences of places real and imagined.
Wildarms is an electronic producer from New York who paints from a palette of breakbeats, nature samples and major key chord progressions. His material is woven with a sense of optimism, drawing references to both underground lounge parties and commercial hip-hop. Wildarms is Duncan Cooper, who also serves as associate editor at FADER.
As World Tour, Tobias Gerhardsson, Felix Hedberg and Merike Kjaergaard live and record music between Stockholm and the countryside of Northern Sweden. Their music is luxurious, daydream inducing and hazy - a modern meditation on the quiet moments that slip underneath the passing days.