Following Digitalism, French alt rock royalty Phoenix is the 2nd act commissioned by electronic music label KitsunÃ© to compile its Tabloid series. For the uninitiated, Phoenix was the only French band, apart from Daft Punk and Air, during pre-mp3 blog days that didn’t spew out Euro trash. Redeeming Digitalism’s sloppy cut and paste job, Phoenix’s personal pick of rare songs that transcend time sends us on an 18-track musical adventure through rock ‘n’ roll, soul, R&B and synth pop. Like a mixtape for your sweetheart, the flow is consistent even with artists like KISS, Elvis Costello and Ritchie Valens separated by mere seconds of silence. They even get away with a sax-led Iggy Pop track, a wall of sound disco numbers by Roxy Music and a 10-minute plus closer from Lou Reed. The most warm and melodic record to be released on the electro-oriented KitsunÃ©, this comp is a timeless gift from one of the best French bands out there.