Monday, April 06, 2009


Put A Record On: Phoenix's Compitaltion For Kitsuné
April 5th, 2009 | Paris

French record label Kitsuné has long been the definition of European cool, releasing everything from cutting edge dance and rock artists to a preppy clothing line. Though the popular label compilations showcase Kitsuné's formidable stable of active artists, the new Phoenix mix—the second CD in the Tabloid series—is a step in a new direction.

Curated by Phoenix, a happy-go-lucky, Parisian power pop band, Tabloid II brims with legendary rock musicians and a few soul influences. The album kicks off with Kiss, followed by a catalogue of Phoenix's other song writing heroes: Iggy Pop, Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Dennis Wilson and Elvis Costello. D'Angelo's "Send It On" is sort of the odd one out, but the surprising presence of a young black soul singer among white middle aged rockers makes his contribution all the more important.

Tabloid II allows us a sneak peek into Phoenix's members combined record collections, but it also nicely precedes the release of the art rocker quartet's new studio album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Marketing tactics aside, Tabloid II is a beautiful snapshot of one band's musical origins.

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—David Hellqvist

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