With his revered status as a master of his electronic domain, Felix da Housecat has earned free reign to let loose and explore his craziest ideas. “Silence,” his first major release on Brobot Records in some time, is a fun, tongue-in-cheek tune that explores Felix’s capacity for packing a lot of exposition and sound into a tight, minimal package. A whirling, unsettling vocal sample, a set of heavy, unwavering synths, and crashing drums all make their impact in this song before breaking down and giving way to a slick, minimalistic beat.
Shortly after dropping “The Future” as accompanied by one of the year’s more artistic music videos, Junior Sanchez is well underway in delivering beat-driven tunes with the recently launched Brobot Records. Next up comes Felix Da Housecat, the Chicago-bred veteran who brings “Silence” for the imprint’s third offering. The preview indicates classic house crafted with effective minimalism while building anticipation for its November 11th release.
Infamous dance top-liner and Hot Natured associate Ali Love has fast become one of house music’s most prolific underground producers. But at the tail end of a year that has spelled both mainstream success and true-to-core club fuel for the British artist, the Infinity Ink component returns to Crosstown Rebels with a long-overdue follow-up to April’s “Emperor” in the form of “Another.” Still packing those on point yet distinct top lines like nobody’s business, this deep and groovy original takes the form of a reassuringly under-produced club cut from Williams. Evidently, the radio-friendly and the nu-functional club cut can live in perfect harmony when Ali Love is in town, and with an intense re-rub from Felix Da Housecat fueled with vintage stamina, the vocal house sound scope looks all the more fruitful with “Another” on the market.
Spring Awakening is set to return to Chicago’s Soldier Field this June, building on last year’s success and covering not two but three days, all while holding its own amongst the city’s packed summer festival schedule. With big names like Calvin Harris, Paul Oakenfold, and Boys Noize and 100-some other top acts besides, we’ve compiled the artists we simply can’t miss to help you solve the quandary of so many artists, so little time.
This past week on the dance music marathon (which as many of you know includes shows from Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Skream & Benga, and Annie Nightingale), Radio 1 also decided to throw a bit of a curveball for the Essential Mix – Amirali and Felix da Housecat recorded dual live hour-long sets recorded in the BBC Radio 1 studio. Radio 1 has done live mixes before (in Ibiza, at a variety of venues across the world), but this was the very first time the mix was recorded 100% live right in the studios.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some original house music from Felix Da Housecat. The industry legend has been relatively quite over the past couple of years, but tells us that’s all about to change. Previewing his new Sinner Winner EP, Felix has dropped teasers for upcoming tracks “Sinner Winner” and “Give Me Body.” The first is a swanky house production with the kind of rhythmic charm only Felix Da Housecat can provide. The second is a bustling disco house track with an uncanny vintage aura. Accompanying the March 18th release of the two tracks will be a remix of “Sinner Winner” from seasoned house artist Green Velvet. Also, be on the lookout for an album from Felix sometime this year.
Felix Da Housecat‘s “Burn The Disco,” has been a grade-A party starter as an original mix with vocals from Will.I.am, and has been taken to the next level with its remix package. The premier rendition comes from Fareoh, who injects a heavy fix of acid house to juxtapose the pop basis. First picking up the tempo and the pace of the bassline, Fareoh lets the catchy hook ride until the drop, where he plunges into dance floor contagion with splashes of 303-resemblant synth warps. Available on Beatport via Ultra Records, Fareoh’s remix of “Burn The Disco” is packaged with takes from David Heartbreak and Bro Safari.
It’s rare an artist strikes a near flawless balance between danceable grooves and ethereal energy on a track, but Felix Da Housecat does it with ease on his remix of Jamie Woon’s “Night Air.” On Felix’s rendition of the Jamie Woon original, a robust and neatly layered drum section develops into a full blown pure house groove. Haunting vocals float overtop airy, cross-panning bass lines while intricate percussion lays out an infectiously danceable foundation.
Download the remix for free via Felix’s Soundcloud.
With our brand new Weekend Rewind series, Dancing Astronaut’s editors share some of our favorite tracks from the past.
We begin our Weekend Rewind series with a 2001 dual effort from two of the most legendary names in house music. While some might claim that David Guetta brought electronic music to the mainstream, without the work of artists like Felix Stallings and Stuart Price, David would probably still be an unknown DJ spinning club nights in Paris.
Today we bring you a true house music anthem that no electronic music aficionado can afford not to have heard. From a gorgeous string melody to an acidic house beat to an infectious bassline – this track has it all.
Felix Da Housecat – Silver Screen Shower Scene (Thin White Duke Remix)
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Hardwell, Pasquale Rotella, Diplo, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week.