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HE WAS KING

“This is my electronic pop record,” preens Felix Da Housecat, midway through a world tour to promote his latest album He Was King. “Whereas Kittenz & The Glitz was straight up electro, He Was King is straight Felix Da Housecat pop with a nice electronic feel.” Packed with club smashes like ‘KickDrum’ and future synth-pop classics such ... Read more in Amazon's Felix Da Housecat Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B002CGRTG8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We All Wanna Be Prince
2. Plastik Fantastik
3. Kickdrum
4. Do We Move Your World
5. We
6. Spank You Very Much
7. Do Not Try This At Home
8. Turn Me On A Summer Smile
9. Elvi$
10. LA Ravers
11. Machine
12. He Was King

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Felix Stallings Jr., aka Felix Da Housecat, was one of the pioneers of the short-lived and unfairly derided electroclash movement of the early-2000s. He Was King is his fifth solo studio album and sees a storming return to form. An electronic pop record, from Prince-inspired lead single "We All Wanna Be Prince" to the warped dark electro of "Kickdrum", this is an album that will please fans and newcomers alike.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a "king" of this genre, as in someone who can pay homage to 80s electro-style music and then beam it decades into the future, look to Jamal Moss, or even Kanye West. Unfortunately "He Was King" is too much of a self-satisfied pastiche.

And yet it pains me to say that, because Felix Stallings Jr is one of the very few "proper" Chicago house musicians to have gained mainstream recognition. Maybe he's had to play the game a little bit too much - I don't know, but what I DO know is that I have never really liked his electro(clash) stuff.

His last album Virgo Blaktro And The Movie Disco (annoying title, or what?), which is in a very similar vein to this one, at least closed with the house music bomb "Future Calls Thee Dawn". Whilst there's nothing on this new LP in the same league as that, the quality of the songs on average is probably higher. Although not generally as cringe-worthy as "Virgo Blaktro..." overall, "Spank You Very Much" comes closest to setting my teeth on edge. Upon first reading the tracklisting I had somewhat optimistically hoped that it might be Felix Da Housecat and Phuture's Earl "Spanky" Smith re-uniting for an acid house workout BUT no such luck...it's about bondage, or some such thing, big yawn.

"He Was King" is not without its good points though. It is well produced. Felix has a very good ear for a tune (always has done) and uses some original sounds too - but I find the end result to be just too stylistically irritating and contrived.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Wilkinson on 24 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
Another great album by the king of house.Felix just seems to throw out good dance/house/electropop music in his sleep.Catchy,solid,danceable and just good.I don't know why.
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FDH Redefining Electro AGAIN 26 Aug 2009
By Montia Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Felix Da Housecat is always reinventing himself to produce cutting edge beats but somehow manages to keep his signature sound.

He calls this album pure "pop" and most songs do have some catchy choruses like "We All Wanna Be Prince" and "Spank U Very Much." But there are also some wonderful tracks like "Elvi$" and "Kickdrum" that sound something like a computer dropping acid- and these are the tracks I am most impressed with.

This album sets a high bar for electro in 2009.
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Was really excited...but this is pretty lame :( 6 Nov 2009
By L. Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Love Felix, have not been on his stuff lately, heard Kickdrum on KCRW one day and was like "hellsyeah, I needs that!"

just finished listening to the album and I should have just stuck with Kickdrum. It's quite boring, to be honest. He's had some boring stuff mixed in his previous albums, but this one has 10/12 boring tracts that I will be deleting from my playlists. If anything, I'd suggest buying the MP3 singles for "Kickdrum" and "Plastik Fantastic". "Do Not Try This At Home" is OK, too.
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classis Felix!! 13 Oct 2009
By J Lamar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The cd started off with classic Felix tracks, smart synthy beats with cheeky lyrics. thoroughly enjoyable. and then I got to the tracks Elvi$ and LA Rave... they made me go mental, I heard these dropped @ We Love Space, good purchase.
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