Welcome to Label Picks for New Music. Every fortnight we invite a label to pick one up and coming band on their own label and another not associated with the label. This third edition features London-based Cascine where label co-owner Sandra Croft gives her picks for the best new music.


Cascine is an experimental pop label based between New York, Washington DC and London. We’ve been going for almost a year now and have released albums and EPs from Chad Valley, Jensen Sportag, Selebrities, Shine 2009, Southern Shores and Evan Voytas. I like to think of our music as capturing a dreamy, electronic sound gilded with strong nostalgic elements. I do international press for the whole label and all its bands, as well as manage Jensen Sportag.


Sourthern Shores

The instant we heard Southern Shores it was true love at Cascine. Their music is a warm, blissful Balearic take on our favourite Swedish influences like Air France and Lake Heartbeat and Korallreven, very much in the same escapist ideology. Their Atlantic EP is about the promise of all beautiful places out there, and all the adventures that just could be waiting. We found them late last year with floating around on a few blogs, and then decisively sealed the deal on a tip from our dear friend Oskar (No Modest Bear). Southern Shores’ music takes the edge off so many of our days that we owe them diamonds. They should be big because it seems almost criminal that only a small circle of people should know about this.

You can hear more of Southern Shores here



Teeel’s album Amulet is one of the most gorgeous made this year. It was my essential winter soundtrack. His dreamy synthpop wallpapered the most transient moments of citylife in February and March, and I will always have memories intrinsically tied to his music. Every track is amazing. The sound is a finely-woven gossamer of emotional music played with machines and anchored by Teeel’s rolling, dreamy vocals. One of the reasons I love it so much is that this album shares many of its most faultless qualities with M83’s Saturdays=Youth – an expansiveness of vision, a yearning that never rests on one specific feeling, and above all, an nostalgia for youth and carefree days. He deserves to be big because I want to see him play this in an arena setup, from behind a giant bank of synthesizers, and feel 10,000 other people getting lost in it.

You can hear more of Teeel here