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Monday, August 2, 2021

CD review: Kitsuné Maison

Artist: Kitsuné Maison

Album: Kitsuné Maison 9

Label: Kitsuné Music

Rating: 3

After listening to Kitsuné Maison’s ninth compilation of music mixes, it’s safe to say that nobody has a handle on electro-pop like the French do.

The French indie music label Kitsuné, known for their eclectically poppy and danceable mixes, has had past releases with catchy tunes from Cut Copy, La Roux and Klaxons. “Cooler Couleur,” by Cookers (featuring Yelle), is a sassy track providing an ’80s synthetic pop taste. That’s not to generalize with rest of the album, though, which is a largely indefinable mix of soft and laidback electro-beats. Penguin Prison’s “Animal Animal,” for example, demonstrates lo-fi with a genuinely relaxing effect – it’s hazy and chintzy, like a slow-motion beach party.

Nothing can quite match the positive vibes and lyrics that come from this album; it’s funky, fun and loaded with clever little touches and samples. This is feel-good music without the saccharine aftertaste.

Give these tracks a listen: “Say My Name” and “Dreamin'”

For fans of: Yelle, Two Door Cinema Club, La Roux

– Vanna Le

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