French label and fashion boutique Kitsuné has just opened its first preppy chic American outpost in the Flatiron district, and to celebrate, has released their latest comp, Kitsuné America, their first collection of strictly stateside tunes. Not every track is a keeper, but there are, god bless ‘em, more keepers than duds. St. Lucia, Brooklyn-based, South African-born Jean-Philip Grobler, with his Twin Shadow-esque crystal clear croon, opens the disc with the preternaturally shimmering “Before the Dive.” It’s a safe, epic choice for a kick off, yet lacks any edge. We don’t get to hear any of the usual Kitsuné down and dirty beats until the ascerbic purr of a personal favorite, Heartsrevolution’s excellent “Retrograde,” (who also happen to be Kitsuné signees). Gigamesh’s “Your Body” is so retro, club kid 80′s it hurts, whereas XXXChange’s “F*ck Yeah Ace Of Hearts” is club fodder gone right, with a weird, sinewy vocal drone and almost annoyingly dance-tempered beat, so is not too bad to hear before going out. Then, a miracle happens; Selebrities “Regret” keeps it real all over again with a lo-fi, female-fronted throwback to the happy-go-lucky sounds of dark 80′s days, and I dig it very much. And Computer Magic’s “Help Me” is prime sexy. Kitsuné always surprises, and that’s saying more than a lot.