KITSUNE NEW FACES II
NEW ALBUM OUT FEBRUARY 23RD, 2015
Listen to the mini mix below
Your French label of choice is serving the second issue of Kitsuné New Faces, its latest compilation of gleaming hot-off-the-press newcomers ready to take on the world.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s first edition, Kitsuné New Faces II gathers exactly that: fifteen larger-than-life new artists that have only just started releasing music if at all. Don’t expect quick flashes in the pan though, the skills on display on this innovative album are impressive. From start to end, song after song, Kitsuné New Faces II unveils fresh musical directions and some of the catchiest melodies you’ll get to hear this year. This is 2015 pop at its best, fun, tentalizing and imaginative.
Gildas Loaec, Kitsuné’s boss and the man behind all the signatures, sums it up: “It’s important for the label to regularly escape its comfort zone. You won’t know many of those new talented faces yet, but I can guarantee that you’ll want to know more about them once you give these songs a listen.”
Having recently branched out in the coffee culture by launching its own brand of cafés, the unstoppable Kitsuné follows its global ascension by opening new clothing boutiques in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, Paris of course, and by keeping on developing throughout the world the Kitsuné Club Night concept involving some of the artists and djs who matter most today !
Listen to the mini mix here
1 BEAU “One Wing”
2 OSLO PARKS “Twin”
3 DANGLO “Catch My Eye” (Feat. Ivan Franco)
4 TO BE FRANK “Shot”
5 HEAT “Susisfine”
6 NEW BUILD “Look In Vain”
7 RIVRS “Last Love”
8 MARIAN HILL “Got It”
9 MOCKI “Weekend” (Jai Wolf Remix)
10 ONE BIT “Won’t Hold Back”
11 PYRAMID “Film Noir” (Feat. Holy Oysters)
12 MONOGRAM “Minerals”
13 PAWWS “Turnaround”
14 SAVOIR “Malala”
15 MURA MASA “Shibuya” (Cd Bonus Track)
1. BEAU – ONE WING
Native New Yorkers Heather Golden and Emma Rose form Beau, a powerful musical force in the making destined to rock stadiums. Revisiting the classic West Coast sound, lacing it with cosy Americana and 70s folklore, these dedicated songwriters, modern-day troubadours, will drop their debut release in 2015.
2. OSLO PARKS – TWIN
Writing/production duo Oslo Parks have lit the blogosphere on fire with their first double A side single. No wonder, on top of its slick orchestral arrangement and boy-next-door appeal ‘Twin’ shouts out the evidence, these Brighton lads have got a rare ear for hooky melodies.
3. DANGLO – CATCH MY EYE (FEAT IVAN FRANCO)
The UK scene often shines by its multiculturalism and Danglo, a south London producer who designs vibey soundscapes, is yet another perfect example of this ongoing melting pot. On ‘Catch My Eye’ he cleverly brings an eerie spin to spacey reggae complete with traverse flute and dubbed-out fx.
4. TO BE FRANK – SHOT
Another lone shot working on his own, To Be Frank is part of this wave of sonic-explorers-beat makers for whom vocals are intrinsic to their compositions and not simply an afterthought. Soulful and introspective ‘Shot’ is also damn catchy.
5. HEAT – SUSIFINE
Who said rock’n’roll was dead? By ticking all the right boxes: noisy yet tuneful, sleazy, psychotic, dark but nonetheless glamorous and engaging… Canadian 5-piece Heat testifies that as long as rock remains dangerous and truthful it’ll always find its ways.
6. NEW BUILD – LOOK IN VAIN
Al and Felix met at Uni, joined Hot Chip in 2003 and started to make music in between albums eventually giving birth to New Build. On ‘Look In Vain’ they combine shimmery synths, heroic choruses and disorientating harmonies, a balanced cocktail of flavours that proves the pair ain’t a one-trick pony.
7. RIVRS – LAST LOVE
RIVRS AKA Charlotte, Fin and Fred are part of that young British generation of crossover acts craftily merging sweet pop and future beats. On the snaky ‘Last Love’ a big, soulful lyrical tide comes crashing over ethereal synths and bouncy beatbox for a poignant moonlit tearjerker.
8. MARIAN HILL – GOT IT
Slightly confusingly Marian Hill isn’t a person, but a duo comprising of producer Jeremy Lloyd – the son of a conductor and opera singer – and vocalist Samantha Gongol. Writing their songs together the two bring a loony yet musical, almost free-jazz spell to today’s deconstructed r’n’b.
9. MOCKI – WEEKEND (JAI WOLF REMIX)
Formed of German production duo Sister and singer/songwriter Domino, Mocki is the outcome of a project – unapologetically indulgent and fun – mixing their different musical backgrounds: punk rock, disco, soul and more. ‘Weekend’ their first track together was finished in about six hours!
10. ONE BIT – WON’T HOLD BACK
Occasionally one song comes along and turns your world around. Addictively sun-drenched and youthful ‘Won’t Hold Back’ is one such beauty. Bursting with life despite leaning towards romantic spleen, One Bit provide the kind of positive energy fix that will boost your inner peace.
11. PYRAMID – FILM NOIR (FEAT. HOLY OYSTERS)
Don’t try pigeon-hole mister Pyramid. Etienne Copin may be part of the new wave of young guns redefining la French Touch, his horizons stretch way beyond the sampler. Here the gifted Gallic invites Holy Hoysters on vocals for an epic slice of robodisco verging on psychedelic.
12. MONOGRAM – MINERALS
Located in the remote Scottish Borders, Monogram is in a world of his own. Imaginatively DIY, incantatory and strikingly sincere, ‘Minerals’ generously draws from Kate Bush’s world with its big reverbed drums, classical piano, howling guitars, triumphant choir… all wrapped into one big drama.
13. PAWWS – TURNAROUND
North-Londoner Pawws AKA Lucy Taylor details trials of love lost and won. Classically trained (flute, piano), she started as a live session musician for the likes of Kele and MGMT… leading her to record her own tracks and posting them online to unanimous praise.
14. SAVOIR – MALALA
Perth-based electronic threesome Savoir forges a beguiling hybrid fusing world sounds, jazz-funk and afrobeat. ‘Malala’ directly refers to Malala Yousafzai, the recent – and youngest – recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in her struggle for the right of all children to education.
15. MURA MASA – SHIBUYA (CD BONUS TRACK)
Taking influence from a newly found interest in hip-hop and the art of sampling, 18 year old whizz kid from the Channel Islands Mura Masa spent his childhood learning various instruments as well as studying songwriting with local bands before producing startling dreaminess stuffed with fathoms-deep basses.