Since 2002, Kitsuné has helped break the careers of Bloc Party, Yelle and too many other dance-rock acts to name. But its breakneck release schedule has little regard for consistency. Still, amid its forgettable releases, the trend-surfing label uncovers hits that’ll have the Ray-Ban-sporting indie kids dancing so hard they’ll wish their jeans weren’t so tight.
The Kitsuné Maison compilation series elicits some eye-rolling—seven already?—but skepticism fades as the Balearic beats, electro fuzz and general class being slung have us wondering how these French tastemakers tapped so many relevant sounds at once
Despite the obnoxiously worn-out contributions from Maybb and Renaissance Man, main events like La Roux’s “In for the Kill,” with its peak-time Lifelike re-rub, and Yuksek’s Justice-esque remix of AutoKratz provide the necessary electro stunners.
All told, the Kitsuné brand easily lives up to its name: Japanese for fox or, in this case, foxy.
- Joshua P. Ferguson