The ten-year-old Kitsune collective is one of those impossibly cool, impossibly French creative groups that manages to stay one step ahead of the pack. It started largely as a fashion label, but it’s the group’s musical arm that’s scored the most worldwide traction. Through its blog and especially its club night, Kitsune promotes artists who are sometimes more traditional bands, sometimes pure DJs, but always fit into a certain smart, danceable sound.
But what Kitsune finds first often serves as a barometer for what the rest of the cool-kid clubbing world will be obsessed with later. When the louder, more brash sounds of so-called “blog-house” emerged, that’s what you’d find on Kitsune’s Maison compilations before they exploded and made everyone sick of them.
Obviously there have been several marked sea changes in dance music since then, and Kitsune’s traveling club night, which arrives in Miami on Friday, hails yet another one. Anyone with an ear, a pulse, and a love for dance music has by now noted the shift in the underground towards disco-inflected beats, whether disco of the classic or Italo varieties or beyond. The new sounds are sexier and more melodic, perhaps as a marked shift away from the punishing-on-purpose strains of “dubstep” and so-called “EDM” in the festival mainstream.
Take, as an example, this mix from last August by the Twelves, who headline the night along with Oliver. The Brazilian duo get name-checked most often as remixers, adding sunny, cowbell-infused backbones to songs by artists like Two Door Cinema Club. For a clue to their proclivities, though, stream this quick 15-ish-minute offering on Soundcloud, which goes unabashedly retro with the selections virtually all coming from the groovy, synth-fueled Italo spectrum. Co-headliner Oliver, a duo from Vancouver and Southern California, also specializes in slightly sleazy disco — so head out this Friday so you can say you were into it first. Stream the Twelves’ mix below.
Kitsune club night featuring the Twelves and Oliver, with DJs Andrew Ward and Pirate Stereo. 10 p.m. Friday, November 9 at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is $15; age 18 and up. Call 305-377-2277, or visit grandcentralmiami.com