The second installment of the KitsunÃ© Tabloid series
To become part of French music nobility you donâ€™t necessarily have to hide behind a mask for 15 years. You can try marrying the President, sleeping with Uffie or teaming up with white-hot label KitsunÃ©, as synth-pop band Phoenix just did.
French band Phoenix recently completed the second installment of KitsunÃ© Tabloid series. The label, known for distributing au courant electro acts like Digitalism, Little Boots and Fischerspooner, has now taken a step back in time. This compilation is not just the next big thing: itâ€™s an extended voyage through musical history and a very intimate peek into Phoenixâ€™s record bag.
Featuring pearls like the theatrical â€œLove Theme from Kissâ€ guitar opener, spazz-outs from psychedelic rockers The Red Crayola and The 13th Floor Elevators, the incredibly rare â€œLady (Falling In Love)â€ by Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and Lou Reedâ€™s epic â€Street Hassleâ€, Tabloid is chock-full of brilliance. As Thomas explains: â€œThe plan was to pick tracks weâ€™ve lived with and that have stood the test of time.â€
From the beautiful artwork (â€œPortrait of a Lionâ€ by Heli Barck) to the excellent track selections to the enclosed interview with Thomas Mars and Laurent Brancowitz, â€œKitsunÃ© Tabloidâ€ has definitely whetted our appetite. For Phoenixâ€™s upcoming album â€œWolfgang Amadeus Phoenixâ€, that is.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – PHOENIX – KITSUNÃ‰ TABLOID
1. Kiss â€“ Love Theme From Kiss
2. Dirty Projectors â€“ Rise Above
3. The Red Crayola â€“ Victory Garden
4. The Impressions – Iâ€™ve Been Trying
5. Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos
6. Roxy Music â€“ Pyjamarama
7. The 13th Floor Elevators â€“ I Had To Tell You
8. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Shipbuilding
9. Dâ€™Angelo â€“ Send It On
10. Tangerine Dream â€“ Love On A Real Train
11. Urge Overkill – Stull (Part 1)
12. LÃ´ Borges â€“ Aos BarÃµes
13. Iggy Pop & James Williamson – Master Charge
14. Dennis Wilson â€“ Lady (Falling in Love)
15. Irma Thomas â€“ Itâ€™s Raining
16. Ritchie Valens – In A Turkish Town
17. Dusty Springfield – I Think Itâ€™s Gonna Rain Today
18. Lou Reed – Street Hassle