Thursday, 9 April 2009


Felix Da Housecat is playing Area51 on Sunday. This should be good, although we have no idea what he is playing these days. In some ways, it's a bit like a Dad turning up at your eighteenth birthday party and putting on 2Unlimited or something because the guy has been around for yeeeeeears.

Now, rather than go into a full-on attack on DJ's touring the world and wearing clothes/girls more suited to their offspring, we have to remember that Felix added a lot more to dance music's eclectic spectrum than your average Tongs or Judges.

Although a well respected second-generation Chi-town producer/DJ from the late 80's, it was his, and small group of other like-minded electronic producers, passion for synth pop, punk and leftfield hedonism that spawned the early noughties 'electroclash' scene. Though much derided, the genre fused house, punk, italo, disco, techno, acid and raw electronica to firmly stick 2 fingers up to the then ruling cognoscenti of prog, funky house and trance.

The legacy is obvious. Electrohouse is the dance genre du jour, while the underground is littered with a new wave of non-ironic bubblegum pop. For most, these sounds are nothing new, but nearly 10 years ago, to walk into a club and hear something like the Thin White Duke remix of Felix Da Housecats Silver Screen Shower Scene was really something mind blowing.

We could go on for hours, but fuck that, here's a couple of special songs from our feline friend to get you in the mood for Sunday.

MP3 : Felix Da Housecat - Madame Hollywood (Tiga's Mister Hollywood Remix) 2002

MP3 : Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene (Malibu Remix) 2002

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