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May 13, 2013

Kitsune Summer-Disco Jams

by  |  May 13, 2013

Though fashion house and music label Kitsuné touts its international tastes, its curatorial trendsetting is distinctly Parisian in style. Helmed by Daft Punk's art-brain Gildas Loaëc and designer Masaya Kuroki, the dance-rock label includes a collage of a handful of EPs, singles and remix albums by the likes of L.A.'s nu-disco handlers Classixx, Frenchie dance-punk outfit Yelle and the dreamier croons of Phoenix. But its biggest and most popular releases come in the form of compilation albums featuring favorite artists and summer-adorned, rooftop-club mixes where Kitsuné's friends control the decks.

Here you'll find some of the label's finer moments: a carefree anthem from indie rock outfit Crystal Fighters, the cool croons of Giselle in the hands of Australians Flight Facilities, the cowbell-laden shouts of Wolfmother and MSTRKRFT, Spank Rock and Pharrell on remixes of dance-rock band Heartsrevolution and London cool-guy Mark Ronson, respectively -- and so on. There are a handful of comp re-issues (The Drums, Icona Pop, Washed Out) and deeper house and techno cuts from heavyweights Todd Terje and The Magician as well. Initially and largely inspired by Busy P's Ed Banger electro-house label, emerging Australian dance imprints (Modular, for example), and the lighter hand of nu disco, Kitsuné's tunes are for hip, breezy dance parties -- the kind where everyone's pretty and drinking champagne.

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