Various Artists - Kitsune Maison Compilation 7
Wed 8th Jul, 2009 Music Reviews 2016 viewsin
Along with Ed Banger and Modular, record labels don’t come much cooler than Kitsune. Having helped to launched the careers of Digitalism, Klaxons and Boys Noize, a coveted spot on a Kitsune Maison compilation is pretty much the holy grail for aspiring indie-electro hipster musicians.
Seven years after their first compilation, Kitsune are still the tastemakers when it comes to nu-wave/nu-rave/indie/pop/rock – their track selections not so much prescient as they are determining. Maison 7 is yet another exercise in telling us what to want before we want it, and whilst there are, as always, some decent tracks, the album as a whole lacks the razzle-dazzle that blew me away on previous editions.
The Classixx version of Phoenix’s Lisztomania is charming in its own way, but never approaches the near-perfection of the original pop song. The first quarter of the album indeed seems more geared to languid morning-after bedroom sessions than dirty dancefloors. The slinky synths of The Golden Filter’s Favourite Things picks up the tempo with a welcome disco feel, whilst the ever-reliable Lifelike provides what is probably the most dance-friendly track of the lot, the New Order-esque mix of red-hot La Roux’s In for the Kill.
Yuksek steps up with a crunching, energetic mix of AutoKratz’s Always More , whilst 80kidz’s Miss Mars has flashes of Miami Horror’s bright, 80s-style electro-house.
Prins Thomas’ sneaky edit of This Sweet Love is exactly that – you can practically imagine a star-crossed Romeo and Juliet entangled in moonshine-dappled bedsheets. Chew Lips’ Solo is catchy without being unforgettable, which is how I’d describe much of the entire record.
MayBB’s Touring in NY evokes Sander Kleinenberg’s This is Miami with its robotic refrain and cheesy-electro feel. It’s rumoured that MayBB is one of Benny Benassi’s monikers, a not implausible story.
Tanlines is a chirpy instrumental to end the album on, reinforcing the breadth of genre visited throughout. Sadly none of it made me sit up and go wow, unlike the Zdarlights and Gravity’s Rainbows of bygone Maisons. It’ll still stand up as a nice chill out album, though one that I’d argue is better suited to fashion boutiques that discotheques.