Kitsuné Maison 10: The Fireworks Issue

November 2, 2010 Posted by mike at 3:36 pm

KITSUNE MAISON 10: The Fireworks Issue


KITSUNE MAISON 10: The Fireworks Issue

Tilting your beret and dimensional perceptions, the latest installment from Kitsuné Maison is here. Breaking into the double-digits, Kitsuné Maison 10 is a celebration of musical talent, a showcase featuring 25 of the best in electronic club, Parisian pop, Swedish folk, and countless other nation-bound genres.

It’s an interracial house party, with a guest list including Yelle, Digitalism, Two Door Cinema Club, Black Strobe, as well as a whole collection of intercontinental content. This is diversity at its artistic best.

Dubbed ‘The Fireworks Issue’, Kitsuné Maison 10 is an explosive addition to the Maison series, which has previously featured the talents of trend setters like Hot Chip, Klaxons, Bloc Party, Gossip, Soulwax, La Roux, Delphic, and Simian Mobile Disco. There’s more bang, more boom, more music, more Kitsuné, more Maison… Just more of what you want, along with more of what you should be listening to.

Kitsuné Maison 10 ‘The Fireworks Issue’, ionically charged and ready to launch, sir.

Kitsuné Maison 10‘The Fireworks Issue is out November 26th on etcetc with iTunes running a special promotion with the compilation at a special price for a limited time only!


PREVIEW: Check out a preview of Maison 10 here.

Casacadeur – Walker (Early Mix)French. Gentle. Atmospheric. Dream-like and almost sad. Five years in the making. The CQFD prize of (French weekly) Les Inrockuptibles. A good start to the power of ten.

2/ Guards – Don’t Wake The Dead –  Americans playing garage-rock. Typical NYC brutal energy. MGMT, Chairlift & Cults are friends and contribute to their recordings. Richie, the guy behind it all, posts free tracks on line. A bit of catching up for those who don’t have internet at home, or the right bookmarks or the time even.

3/ Is Tropical – South Pacific –  The lastest band signed to Kitsuné. With an impressive masked look (watch those hands whilst on stage). Brilliant sound. Play this track a thousand times, we have.

4/ Yelle – La Musique – Always and again and again. We put out her first single. Here she’s produced by Germany’s Siriusmo who’s a bit of a don. We like Yelle.

5/ Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (Mustang Remix) – An italo-disco remix by the Mustang djs from Bruxelles. Two Door Cinema Club is booming. « One of the most loved bands in the UK » as read in the NME last week.

6/ Beataucue – Disque Oh – Our new favorite kids. From Caen and not even eighteen yet. They’ve remixed Kylie, Two Door Cinema Club and released their debut single on Kitsuné in april 2010.

7/ Strange Talk – Climing Walls – Straight from Melbourne, Australia. Alt pop, as they say there. Sounds like vitamin C. No embarassment or inhibitions here, this is solid FM music as we like it.

8/ Punks Jump Up – Blockhead (Edit) – Good London djs with consistent track record. They’ve remixed Robyn, Yelle and Kele. Typical 3am peaktime when the dancefloor’s rockin’.

9/ The Aikiu – The Red Kiss – French. Rankin shot the video. Nile Rodgers gave his blessing. And voilà !

10/ Flight Facilities – Crave You (feat. Giselle) – A cult classic that’s tailored to cross-over and turn into a summer hit. A song as safe as a white t-shirt. The people in the know love it, but then again you don’t need to be in the know to get it. More Aussies. There’s good stuff in Australian orange juice at the moment, isn’t there?

11/ Jolie Chérie – Insomnie Because finally some French people – namely Melina, Samir et Etienne – have realised that a French band name is also very good.

12/ Wild at Heart – Get RelatedErik & Li are Swedish messengers of what some call slow-pop, pop although you could simply say they have charm.

13/ Clock Opera – Once And For All Great lyrics, music shot on wide-lens, the kind admen will soon steal for their car or friendly banks ads. The electronic Coldplay? And we’re not even joking.

14/ Icona Pop – Manners (Extended) – Two Swedish girls who want the world to sing along to their heartbroken songs, dark feelings and brief euphoric moments. Rugged and persistent.

15/ Young Empires – Glory Of The NightA young band formed last October and already celebrated by the blogs, unsurprising considering the amount of teenage sensuality at work, shadow play frolics and the likes.

16/ Housse de Racket – Château The French band with the strangest band name since The Doors turns up with a very, very good song, which predicts a very, very good second album… keenly watched by Kitsuné.

17/ Teeth – See Spaces –  Ximon, Simon and Veronica warn in their official biog: « We destroy anything we touch. All our equipment’s ruined, the sound blows out everywhere we go…» . Made us want to listen. They produce themselves their own videos, pictures and fanzines…

18/ The Heartbreaks – Liar, My DearBritish pop as we love it. Spicy and lyrical. They’re The Drums’ favorite band, so there.

19/ Waylayers – Fire Harry, James, Jon and Alan form a brand new band fresh out of Harry’s bedroom, they have a sound that demands attention, ever so particular that their early demos instantly attracted attention.

20/ Digitalism – Blitz Solid track that combines grace and strength, in some kind of trance. The track is called ‘Blitz’ and was indeed designed to slay dancefloors.

21/ Black Strobe – Me & Madonna – (The Twelves Remix) – The 2010 remix of their cult hit ‘Me and Madonna’ which was bang on at the time. It’s remixed by Kitsuné’s favorite Brazilian producers: The Twelves.

21/ Justus Köhncke – Sorry This talented yet underrated German producer (he is disco!) teams up with Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor for a lo-fi slice of heavenly soul. The rest of the band will be jealous.

11/ Psychobuildings – Terror Management – They’re from Brooklyn (who isn’t these days? it’s a joke). Peter, Peter and Juan are on a dark wave tip. That video they had on YouTube where a guy’s dancing  to the track wearing horrid pyjamas in an American Apparel shop kinda made us want to sign them. We thought wow, you got to believe to go through all that.

12/ May68 – The Prisoner (Cecile remix. – Jerry Bouthier edit) – To start with it’s a great band name with all its generational implications (May 68 is the date of the student uprising in France). Camille, Matt, Owen, Jonny and Jude (the vocalist, from Sheffield) are behind this Manchester band that fuses dancefloor and pop sensibilities in its own inimitable way. Remixed here by Cecile, the rising producer from Milan.

13/ Palmbomen – Moon Children –  It’s one boy on his own, Kai, with a lot of synths. Perfect track for mornings when you’re deciding which Kitsuné shirt to wear.

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November 2, 2010 Posted by mike at 11:25 am

IS TROPICAL – Is Tropical

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IS TROPICAL – South Pacific

1: Is Tropical – South Pacfic
2: Is Tropical – Tan Man
3: Is Tropical – South Pacific (Database Remix)
4: Is Tropical – Is Tropical -South Pacific (Peaches R emix)
5: Is Tropical – South Pacific (Get People Remix)
6: Is Tropical – South Pacific (Yojimbo Remix)

London – three piece, IS TROPICAL are set to release a new single, the first for their new Paris label KITSUNÉ, on the 12th of November 2010.

‘South Pacific’, the follow up to ‘When O’ When’, comes backed with Tan Man and is available to download with remixes by Crystal Fighters, Database, Yojimbo and Get People. The new single is only IS TROPICAL’s second release and is a taste of what to expect from the band’s debut album, which is due on KITSUNÉ / CO-OP / etcetc early next year.

Formed last year, the IS TROPICAL line up of Gary Barber (Vocals / Guitar / keys)Simon Milner (Vocals / Guitars / Keys) and Dominic Apa (Drums & Programming) have developed a country wide reputation for their stunning live shows. Taking to the stage in their trademark masks, and cloaked by self-made video projections, they improvise constantly, changing sound scapes effortlessly swooping from raw pop anthems to lo-fi dance songs with fantastic results.

IS TROPICAL will play a handful of shows before heading off on a UK Tour with Mystery Jets in November.

IS TROPICAL‘South Pacific’ is out November 5th on etcetc.



The band is willing to share and decided to give you an appetizing taste before the
release. South Pacific can now be DOWNLOADED FOR FREE HERE:

Categories: Blog, Is Tropical, Kitsuné, Preview, Releases

Kitsuné get Tropical

September 22, 2010 Posted by admin at 2:11 pm


French taste makers Kitsuné Maison have recruited some new talent into their artistic flock – London trio IS TROPICAL. The youthful trio signed up a recording deal with Kitsuné / Cooperative Music, allowing their bass heavy, beat driven, pop-influenced lo-fi dance music to infiltrate the hearts and minds of the world. Their debut single ‘South Pacific‘ is scheduled for November 8th 2010.

In a frivolous act of audio-visual-foreplay, the kids prep’d up a little tease of their video clip. Enjoy.

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