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Album Review: Various Artists – Kitsuné 15

We all know that Parisian boutique label Kitsuné can be counted on when it comes to putting together a cracking compilation packed full of fresh, up-and-coming artists. But, with haters out there (me, being no such a hooligan!) questioning their relevance in today’s music scene, Kitsuné are being forced to seriously step it up with every new release they unveil. “Staying current”, some might say, is quite a task to ask of a label that started over a decade ago back in 2002 – especially with today’s fickle youth culture mentality towards what’s in one day, and what’s “no longer in the running to become America’s Next Top Model” the next. But, rest assured: Kitsuné’s fresh-out-the-box 15th edition of their Kitsuné Maison compilation series will not leave you heavy-hearted.

For all of you with your heads way up in the clouds and unfamiliar with the Kitsuné Masion series, it’s fundamentally a Now That’s What I Call Music for the kind of people who would never admit to having ever listened to a Now album – too mainstream. The newest edition to Kitsuné’s collection indeed lives up to this reputation. All you need is your iPod, some headphones, this album, and, the pavement is your catwalk!

The album converges a diverse selection of artists and genres, but still keeps that too-cool-for-school underground vibe consistent throughout, so that no track feels out of place. Edition 15 opens with the laid back groove of ‘Voices’ by Go Wolf, later on surprising us with an appearance from The Wytches who showcase their acoustic track ‘Summer Again’ – a song apt for emotional walks down Spanish vineyards on sizzling hot summer’s days. There is also much pre-drinks-worthy music bashing around on the compilation, for instance, The Swiss’s ‘Kiss to Kiss’, here remixed by Amtrac.

So, it’s yet another impressive compilation from Kitsuné – ready-made to be the perfect soundtrack for pretty much any situation: sidewalks, the car stereo, lovemaking, ring of fire, “never have I ever…” – you name it; Kitsuné has it.

- George Palmer

You can buy Kitsuné 15, here.



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