Various - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 7
The seventh compilation from hip French record label Kitsuné is a typically mixed bag, at least for those who look beyond eclecticism and obscurity. Chew Lips' Solo, for example, sounds rather dated in its blend of punky indie and bleeps. And, like Calvin Harris, it's not alone.
Still, whilst much will provoke little more than a shrug of the shoulders, there are some gems here. The Golden Filter's Favourite Things (based on, yip, that song from The Sound of Music, only substituting whisky and vodka, and stopping short of E’s and whizz) suggests a band who may have a bright future in the field of disco-pop. Indeed, a visit to their myspace confirms this. James Yuill's This Sweet Love (PRINS THOMAS Sneaky Edit), a niggly clash of folk and soft beats, is a picnic blanket of a tune, one to chill out to over the summer months. Delphic's Counterpoint (DELPHIC’s En Route Mix) and Renaissance Man's Rythym are aimed squarely at the dance crowd, the former having an acid house feel and the latter being very now, mixing minimal with a wah-wah dubstep-y bassline.
Yet for a label that prides itself on discovery, many may pick a semi-familiar track as the standout. Just as you got bored of La Roux's In For The Kill, Lifelike gives it an uncomplicated electro makeover, reminding you of the fact it's a damn fine pop song.