At first glance, KitsunÃ©, a French music and clothing brand, would seem to be the definition of high-brow â€“ very elite, very industry and very French. KitsunÃ©, however, has every right to think they are better than the rest â€“ their music rocks and their artists ooze originality.
Over the years, KitsunÃ© has released music from an impressive roster of artists, including Hot Chip, MSTRKRFT, Etienne de CrÃ©cy, Dragonette and Crystal Castles. Most recently, NYC-based The Knocks announced that their next single, produced in tandem with the legendary French DJ/producer Fred Falke will be released via KitsunÃ©.
Last Thursday, Santos radiated Parisian cool as it played host to KitsunÃ©â€™s first transatlantic endeavor â€“ the KitsunÃ© AMERICA album compilation launch party. The lineup, which included KitsunÃ© America artists Them Jeans, Giraffage, XXYYXX, DWNTWN and Selebrities, attracted a solid crowd chalk-full of tastemakers from downtown NYC’s vibrant music scene.
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D W N T W N – See My Eyes
While we were impressed by each performance, the LA duo DWNTWN truly stole the show. Comprised of Jamie Leffler and Robert Cepeda, the group straddles a very cool line between electronic and folk music â€“ incredible, melodic vocals infused with electro-beats. If Bon Iver, The Knife and Robyn hung out at a bar, got trashed and made a babyâ€¦that would be DWNTWN. We canâ€™t get enough.
Jerry Bouthier – KitsunÃ© AMERICA Minimix
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