Kitsuné Maison, once thought of as a harbinger of all foxy and French, from its t-shirt-heavy fashion label to its electronic music imprint, seems to be evolving. We always want to love the newest Kitsuné compilation, but sadly, the recent ones have been hit or miss. The latest in the series, 9, otherwise known as the “Petit Bateau Edition or The Cotton Issue,” is forgettable until track four with Jamaica’s “Short and Entertaining.” Until we looked, we were sure this was a breezy, new Phoenix track, but no, the eerily similar vocals tricked us.

Next up, Crookers (featuring Yelle) come through with another keeper, “Cooler Couleur,” yet, then something happens and the songs turn empty, the kind that feel at home in hip-swaying Euro lounges, sounding neither modern nor retro, with upfront sugary synths dotted with cold, no-wave or bland, pure pop falsettos.  In other words, much of this comp distances the listener, like hangover-inducing house music.

One more exception: the sassy and dark “Your Body is a Machine” (Zebra & Snake remix) by The Good Natured.  Otherwise, listen at your own risk. (Kitsuné France)

–Selina S.