Release Date: Aug 25, 2009
Record label: Nettwerk
Felix da Housecat has made no secret of his admiration for Prince, and one thing Felix has in common with his idol is a chameleonic spirit. Felix, like Prince, has not been afraid to try different things on different albums; he started out with house music but went on to embrace everything from electroclash to techno. And He Was King, it turns out, is largely a Euro-dance album.
Felix da Housecat was unlucky enough to release his biggest hit at the height of one of the more ignoble fads in dance music's recent history. But Felix's "Silver Screen Shower Scene" sounds as good now as in the days of electroclash for one simple reason: His teenage training cutting tough-as-nails jack fodder for post-Frankie Knuckles Chicagoans meant "Silver Screen" felt honestly tough, rather than the feigned brutalism of those who wouldn't come within spitting distance of either gabba or a gospel a cappella. It's tempting to say that Felix's music has been progressively less interesting as the decade's worn on because he refuses to let go of the context that briefly made him a pan-genre star.
Electroclash god Felix Da Housecat has been chasing his “Silver Screen Shower Scene” hit song’s tail since the beginning of this decade, with mixed results. His latest artist album, He Was King, is yet another mixed bag of beats and pop. The album unwisely begins with “We All Wanna Be Prince,” a tribute to the Purple One that’s too on the nose and slack, with its Xeroxing of Prince’s ’80s production style.