In the same way that output from New York's DFA Records made the jump across the Atlantic into UK playlists, Kitsune artists have been in your iPods, stealing your attention for years - perhaps without many fans ever realising the impact this small Paris based company have had on UK music.

The formidably chic record label and fashion boutique leads a pack of independent French record labels that specialise in picking out the best undiscovered electronica the capital city has to offer, before packaging and sharing it with the wider European music audience.

At the present time, Manchester three piece indie ravers Delphic and current UK music press darlings Two Door Cinema Club are just two of the bands being developed by Kitsune, alias ex-Daft Punk right-hand man Gildas Loaëc and business partner Masaya Kurok.

Kitsune Parisien, the latest of over twenty compilation and remix albums released by the label, which have showcased the talents of such electro-luminaries as Simian Mobile Disco, The Whip, Bloc Party, Chew Lips, Florrie and Paul Epworth, shows no sign of Loaëc and in this case visual artist and co-curator Andre Saraiva, losing sight of the stylistic tendencies that secured the French label a place amongst some of the best tastemakers in Europe.

Indeed, the compilation is a treasure chest of great electro-pop, helped by scatterings of the lethal and seductive combination of English words sang huskily in a French accent, but probably more to do with the new-wave, futurebass, synth-pop and electroclash on offer amongst the 12 tracks.

The fearsome bass and beats of BeatauCue's 'Behold', evokes Claude von Stroke and Herve while the Golden Bug remix of the brilliantly name Housse de Racket's 'Chateau' uses a beautifully constructed intro and killer chorus that wouldn't sound out of place on a record by The Juan MacLean.

In fact, influences and styles run the gamut from OMD to Ladytron and Depeche Mode to Cut Copy, but there is also originality present in the form of sexy cowbells, sweet vocal delivery and a driving, oscillating melody on 'Sake' by Jupiter as well as Birkii's stripped down three minute track 'Shade of Doubt' and the emotional vocals of Cascadeur's 'Meaning'.

The words "I'm leaving all, I'm leaving all my friends, I'm going down, I'm going down to Paris"sang over the afro-pop meets The Rapture bounce of Valley's '1999' almost say it all, though there is perhaps no need to actually hotfoot it down to St Pancras to stay in touch with the latest from La Ville-Lumiere when all you really need is a copy of Kitsune Parisien. Tres bien.

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