Felix Da Housecat, 'He Was King' (Nettwerk)

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He Was King
Critical Mass
Label: Nettwerk

by Barry Walters

Like many other DJs, Chicago's electroclash pioneer doesn't always write great, actual songs. But after suffering from a scarcity of such on 2007's flat flop Virgo Blaktro & the Movie Disco, Felix Stallings Jr. bounces back by sampling, quoting, and paraphrasing other people's rubbery tunes, and showcasing them in similarly elastic settings. Flaunting synths as slippery as steel guitar, he loops the Human League to pay twangy, tongue-in-cheek tribute to Elvis Presley, but he's not kidding when he straightway admits, on the opening track, that "We All Wanna Be Prince."

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