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Kitsuné Parisien, Vol. 3

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Compiled by Kitsuné co-founder Gildas Loaëc and Portuguese graffiti artist Andre Saraiva, Kitsuné Parisien, Vol. 3 continues the clothing line/record label's exploration of their homeland's capital city and its fertile music scene. The spectrum goes from indie rock (G.A.Y.'s Passion Pit-like "Color" and FAUVE's terse and jazzy "Kané," which sounds like Wes Montgomery mixed with Serge Gainsbourg mixed with amphetamines) to indie electro (Pyramid's Kavinsky-esque highlight "Wolf" and Monsieur Monsieur's electro-industrial earworm "Arym") with plenty of stops in between. Cinema's great "UV" falls right in the middle, coming off as Brigitte Bardot singing over Giorgio Moroder's Midnight Express soundtrack, while LOGO teams with "the Prince of House Music," Elbee Bad, for a great midtempo acid house flashback dubbed "Give Mo Luv." The future and the past come together on "Don't Bother," where Saint Michel successfully mashes the styles of Toro y Moi and Tangerine Dream, but homeland heroes Justice and Daft Punk are the spiritual co-godfathers of both Le Crayon's "Cosma" and Joris Delacroix's "Air France." Tracks are isolated, not mixed together, so no French electro house party will be re-created, but the album flows extremely well considering all the genres covered, plus the Kitsuné traditions of hip, edgy, and great taste are all reinforced.

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