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Kitsuné Maison 9 – Review

April 26, 2010

Originally posted on The 405

Label: Kitsuné Maison
Release Date: 26/04/10
Link: Kitsuné Maison Homepage

Many writers/blogging types/drunk loud chatty music obsessives like to think that the artists they champion, write, or talk about will have an influential impact upon their audience, converting new fans to a new way of thinking, whilst becoming something of a “taste-maker”. The somewhat sobering reality, however, is that for the majority of them (us), this is simply not the case, as passionate and articulated ones writing may (or may not) be. French electronic music record label Kitsuné Maison have earned their reputation and reached this mighty taste-making power, having over the past five years helped launch the careers of several giants of the indie electro sphere.

We’ve seen now established acts such as Simian Mobile Disco, Hot Chip, The Whip, Digitalism et al on the previous 8 releases from Kitsuné, mostly before these acts had reached the ‘mainstream’ – electro anthems mixed with up and coming talent. Here, in the ninth incarnation, a different atmosphere is apparent; a softer, perhaps more dynamic, dreamier side.

These diffused, round-edged intentions are set out from the start with the opening track by Washed Out, called Belong. It provides a trés chilled-out, lo-fi vibe, that encapsulates that special woozy feeling of the oblivious first few seconds when you wake-up in the morning in your soft, safe duvet – before the weight of the world hits you.

It’s not all this dreamy and cottony – this isn’t a balriac beats compilation of course, it just is comparatively to previous outings. Logo’s La Vie Moderne is a stand out electro-house gem that deserves to be snuck into sets this summer. Yuksek provide a more stomping French indie/electro four-to-the-floor anthem that evokes contemporaries such as Tiga and many Aussie electro outfits.

Over 18 tracks, inevitably not every track is a sure-fire winner, a track by Jamaica whilst a fair old tune in it’s own right ends up sounding like Alex Metric-lite, and the new Crookers song sounds slightly out of place.

Listened as a whole, the diversity in styles is more than enough to engage the listener – even if only for a few weeks, before the ridiculously fast electro/dance trends move on. A standout 405 favourite by Feldberg, is a further signifier of KM 9’s dreamier sound (called Dreamin’ conveniently), and sounds like something early Cut Copy would have made if they took a long hot bath in Iceland.

Let’s imagine when you’re out in some dank hipster-stained club sporting your best ironic tee, the time of night when that you’d expect Kitsuné Maison compilations to be played out; on average much of 1-8 you might expect a just after peak-of-the-evening slot, still high-time to unleash some dirtier electro anthems.
The 9th however would be perfectly comfortable at the end of the night, just before the sun comes up, when legs and brains become tired but not quite ready to stop. Hell, some tracks would even be welcomed on a Sunday afternoon when your brain is ripped in two. In doing this, Kitsuné Maison succeed in keeping things fresh with many tracks of quality to sift through, in what is undoubtedly a scene thick on the fickle.

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Download Feldberg – Dreamin’ mp3 here

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