Brooklyn based electronic/pop label Cascine has launched CSCN. This second label will release digital singles by new artists that are in line with Cascine’s aesthetic. It will also serve as a non-binding “workshop” for artists. The first release comes from Studio Montaigne.
Cascine’s owner, Jeff Bratton, says:
“So much great music crosses our desks that we want to work with, but can’t due to timing typically… We needed an outlet that will give us some flexibility and allow us to move quickly on material we’re excited about, without interrupting the Cascine calendar.”
The motives behind CSCN are similar to those behind Skrillex’s new label, Nest, which launched earlier this month. Skrillex said Nest serves as a place to “…share the passions we have for stuff that we like and that just makes us feel good“.
Nest releases are available for free on Nest HQ, a culture blog that is loosely affiliated with Skillex’s OWSLA label.
Like CSCN, Nest purposefully deviates from the traditional structures of a “record label”.
Both CSCN and Nest will help their affiliates keep up with the pace of internet, which unearths so many gems that no one has the time to release. The accessibility of the internet has also helped many tastemaker labels* (especially in the realm of electronic music) collectively put out a high volume of competing releases. These offshoot labels will also allow Cascine and OWSLA to focus on artist development.
*Some relevant labels worth checking out: Neon Gold, Acéphale, PMR, Relief in Abstract
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