Kitsuné’s philosophy has always been singling out the up and coming talents about to break through in music, always on the lookout for promising bands and producers. The Parisian Label first started its music activity by releasing singles of promising bands and commissioning remixes for each release by no less promising producers and DJs.
Then, came the compilation series that started in 2002 with the “Love” edition, followed by “X”, “Midnight” and the famous “Kitsuné Maison” compilations. Always putting together sharp selections, these compilations have gathered rare and exclusive tracks by some of the hottest new talents around the world.
This is how in throughout the years, Kitsuné has become the house of bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Parcels, Tkay Maidza, Kilo Kish, Years & Years, Chela, D.E.N.A, Pyramid, Buscabulla, Pat Lok, Human Movement, Les Gordon, Sego, Klaxons, La Roux, Bloc Party, Digitalism, The Magician, Mark Ronson, The Swiss, Yelle and has released tracks remixed by the likes of Vitalic, Yuksek, Brodinski, The Twelves, Alex Kapranos, Crookers, Passion Pit, Boys Noize, Breakbot, Loosid…
Over the past few years, Kitsuné has also opened up to new perspectives with EP releases of chill & funky hip hop and future R&B artists such as Manast LL’ and Adian Coker, and the release of Pat Lok’s debut album, clearly becoming the new DJ face of the label.
In 2015, as more than 80% of the label’s digital revenues was coming from streaming services, Kitsuné dared to go further down the innovation and musical curation path with the launch its new streaming-only brand Kitsuné Hot Stream showcasing hand-picked curation of emerging and upcoming talents.
Hosted on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and more, the Hot Stream combines music and a selection of other forms of art on a weekly basis by offering fresh musical discoveries highlighted by the works of a visual artist (illustrator, photographer, graphic artist, painter). It is a new way to assert the independence of the label while Kitsuné continues to focus on its initial and pioneering message: mixing the worlds of music and design.
If there is a Kitsuné sound, then it’s an incredibly diverse one, led by the passion for talent-scouting.