With Kitsuné’s milking of the Digitalism cow for all it’s worth becoming quite tiresome, Gildas and Masaya has bucked up their ideas of late.
Licensing a two year old In Flagranti release last year turned into a mutually beneficial exercise in the back scratch. The Brooklyn duo’s profile was helped no end by the popularity of Business Acumen last year (despite that rotten You Love Her Coz Shes Dead remix) and Kitsuné were generally happy to see their release in so many DJ charts.
Furthermore, the current presence on their single roster of Joe & Will Ask and Acid Girls is a further indication towards Kitsune taking a less throwaway approach to dance music.
And now we have Phoenix being comissioned to compile the second Kitsune Tabloid. For the younguns amongst us, Phoenix are French musical Royalty. Back in the pre mp3 blog days before Kitsuné released electronic music that is quite removed from the later editions of the Maison series, the only French band other than Daft Punk that didn’t elicit uncontrollable bouts of laughter were Phoenix
(Those that feel the need to post comments highlighting Air should stop and think whether they actually like Air’s music)
And what a delight it is! Quite removed from Digitalism’s opening gambit in the series which sloppily pasted together whatever tracks were hot at the time, Phoenix compile eighteen tracks that hazily meander through soul, synth pop and rock & roll that sounds very much like the mixtape you wish you had made for your sweetheart instead of crudely laying PJ Harvey over a bumping house beat.
Working the decades effortlessly, typically horny RnB from D’Angelo sits perfectly next to 11 minute Lou Reed excursions, Dusty Springfield classics, and the psyche pop of 13th Floor Elevators. The French synth rockers even get away with a Iggy Pop track that leans heavily on a sax solo. A bold move by Kitsuné, a curveball even but very enjoyable none the less.
Kitsune Tabloid is released on March 23rd
1. Kiss – Love Theme From Kiss
2. Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
3. The Red Crayola – Victory Garden
4. The Impressions – I’ve Been Trying
5. Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos
6. Roxy Music – Pyjamarama
7. The 13th Floor Elevators – I Had To Tell You
8. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Shipbuilding
9. D’Angelo – Send It On
10. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train
11. Urge Overkill – Stull (Part 1)
12. Lô Borges – Aos Barões
13. Iggy Pop & James Williamson – Master Charge
14. Dennis Wilson – Lady (Falling in Love)
15. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
16. Ritchie Valens – In A Turkish Town
17. Dusty Springfield – I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
18. Lou Reed – Street Hassle