Felix Da Housecat, Robin Ball
Memory Box are extremely proud to present Chicago electronic music icon Felix Da Housecat at Patterns Brighton on 3 March.
In a world obsessed with labeling an ever-evolving genre, Felix da Housecat is dedicated to making the people dance. An ever-moving target, his various incarnations have seen him morph from resolute acid and techno warrior to avant-garde nu-skool electro-disco pioneer.
Felix began re-releasing music back in 1993. He landed, as a cat does, on his feet with some of his earliest productions picked up by seminal progressive and techno imprints Guerilla and Bush. “When the people started getting into my sound, that’s when I started taking it serious” he explains. He grew to become one of techno’s most sought-after names, with a sound influenced heavily by collaborator, mentor and acid house inventor DJ Pierre’s ‘wild-pitch’ style and drawing as much on the raucous bite of acid as it did on the intensity of techno. He was catapulted from the overground into the wider dance music consciousness at the start of the millennium when he reinvented himself as a purveyor of future retro, high-camp grooves with his ‘80s-inspired album Kittenz (And Thee Glitz). Club and crossover hit Silver Screen Shower Scene particularly, with its kitsch Miss Kittin vocals and raucous sound, remains a stone-cold classic to this day.
in 2017 Felix launched a new label called Founders Of Filth. Felix has run a few labels over the years, including Radikal Fear Records, a well-regarded outlet for acid house and techno active in the mid-'90s. His latest endeavor started with a three-track EP, Founders Of Filth Volume One, with a solo Felix Da Housecat cut and two collaborations: one with Montreal artist Clarian, which has the label boss assuming his Aphrohead alias, and the other with Clarian and Jamie Principle, the producer and vocalist who first earned acclaim decades ago with his work alongside Frankie Knuckles (and who featured on the new Gorillaz album). Felix and Jamie Principle previously worked alongside another Chicago house lifer, Vince Lawrence, on a single for Crosstown Rebels which included a Moodymann Remix.