When MØ sings "Life is cynical, despite your heart of gold" on the fantastically titled "XXX 88," she knows what she stands for. The Danish singer born Karen Marie Ørsted makes sophisticated synth-pop for realists, and this Diplo and Ronnie Vindahl-produced track shows she’s kept the bar high since previous singles "Pilgrim" and "Waste Of Time." The sumptuous, horn-laden beat recalls a time before Diplo ruled over a kingdom of white girls twerking, though the only thing Ørsted needs to express herself is her voice. She switches easily between soaring verses and primal punctuation, sounding simultaneously unrestrained and totally in control. Look out for "XXX 88" on MØ’s upcoming EP for Sony/Chess Club.
Here’s a depressing thought: the Summer Solstice has come and gone, which means the days are only going to be getting shorter from here. On the upside, the nights are getting longer, and French music and fashion house Kitsuné are dropping a bangin’ summer mixtape for the club, backyard barbecue, deck party or wherever your warm-weather shenanigans take you.
Kitsuné honcho Gildas Loaec and collaborator Jerry Bouthier have curated a fun an eclectic assortment of remixes from the electronica, dance-pop, house and indie worlds, including appearances from UK dance legend Adamski, Felix Da Housecat, Citizens! and many, many more. Choice cuts include a spacey, spiraling remix of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s "Anna" from Moonlight Matters, Trentemøller’s take on M83’s "Midnight City," Cut Copy remixing The Rapture and a Friendly Fires remix that sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire’s "Let’s Groove Tonight" in the middle of its test for eligibility to be sent into space.
Here’s Moon’s mini-mix of the album, which is now on Kitsuné’s website.