Various Artists

Kitsuné Midnight

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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman

Almost exactly a year after Kitsuné Love, Kitsuné Midnight appears. It's even more fun-filled than its predecessor, rifling through another 11 tracks of pop-oriented electro-disco owing equally to early-'80s new wave and late-'90s French house. None of the 11 acts here were featured on Kitsuné Love, proving that this sector of dance music is practically overflowing with colorful top-shelf tracks. The preceding comp featured a handful of songs that were only tangentially related to rug-cutting, but this one is completely rooted in the dancefloor, despite the regular presence of vocals. Midnight Mike's "Necro Dance" is as sinister as anything else he's done in the past, but it's so merrily creeped-out that it might as well replace "The Monster Mash" on every compilation of Halloween music. In keeping with the midnight theme, Black Strobe's "Italian Fireflies" could be the missing link between Whodini's "The Freaks Come Out at Night" and Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me," conveying all the necessary unease through the main synth melody. Other highlights: Freeform Five's pastiche of Basement Jaxx/Freaks-style pastiche, and the Whitest Boy Alive's "Inflation," another track that, in the mold of early New Order and Klein + M.B.O., makes like an underground New York club classic.

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