Far Out’s favourite French Label Kitsuné have released their second volume of new acts hotly tipped for cult stardom and to be released February 23rd.
Following in the footsteps of the first edition, Kitsuné New Faces Vol II has a whole host of brand spanking new acts, some of which have not yet even released so much as a beat. But despite this relative obscurity this still hast to be one of the best looking albums of the year so far if Volume 1 is anything to go by.
Kitsuné label boss Gildas Loaec 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.”. So with Kitsuné clothing now spanning across the world and a branch of the Kitsuné coffee shop also now brewing for business, it’s a slight worry that soon a Kitsuné army will arise ready to stylise – if it hasn’t already, that is.
Here’s a quick rundown of the artists on this year’s edition. Buy here.
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.