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Kittens and Thee Glitz

Felix Da Housecat Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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“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 (30 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Rockers
  • ASIN: B00005METH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Felix Da Housecat has been rocking heads since back in the day with his quirky, retro sounds. His new album Kittenz and the Glitz is as adventurous as anything he's done to date, and wears his pre-1990s influences starkly on his sleeve. Starting out with "Harlot", an energetic track that captures the seediness within the futurism of synth-pop, Felix takes us on a ride through myriad takes on the 1980s sound. Joined by guest vocalists Melissa and Miss Kitten (as well as himself), and other producers including Junior Sanchez, Harrison Crump and Tommy Sunshine, the veteran producer dives into an indulgent but accomplished project that is often capable of dazzling brilliance and innovation. Interludes such as "Analogue City" and "Electro Fly" live up to their titles, owing much to the often dark, electro sounds of bands like OMD and Human League while tracks such as "Madame Hollywood" and "Happy Hour" add a slightly harder, industrial edge. But it's not all doom and gloom; Felix comes up with songs like the beautiful "Pray For A Star", a beautiful song with soaring vocals, slap-bass funk and elevating strings, as well as the uplifting piano chords and old skool vibes of "Sequel to Dub", both of which break things up nicely. --Paul Sullivan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you like dance music then you must own this.

If you don't then you must own this.

It is simply a stunning record that has all sorts of retro sounds in it.

If you like new order then you must own this.

If you like 80s music then you must own this.

If you hate 80s music and are into upbeat dance music then you must own this.

I honestly can't recommend it highly enough.

Every good home should have a copy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking CD 22 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Had meant to buy this CD for ages but never got round to it - glad I did eventually though. A lot of the tracks you will have heard before, but not known what they were. A nice mix of electropop and house - Glitz Rock is a favourite. The only one I don't like so much is What Does It Feel Like, but that's only cos it isn't as upbeat as the others.
Didn't realise he was the Madkatt Courtship. My Life Musik was on the Jacques Lu Cont Blueprint CD, which is another decent buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Glitzy Beats 24 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mr Housecat and his talented menagerie of kittens delivers a unique hybrid of quirky soundbites and 8o's synth loops to deliver you a punchy, fresh sound for summer 2001, full of crunch, electronic soundcapes and a genuine album to dance yer pants off to.Harking from sounds produced by the likes of Kraftwerk and the Human league, the Cats, create their own brand of simplicity and effectiveness.It's a real upper to, each track designed to give you that positive:Life is great feel.I found my heart lifting and I couldn't stop smiling. There is a humour here.The simple, forulaic melodies insist on reminding us of what was interesting about the 80's era, how we laughed and danced(How embarrassing to recall), but this cunjuring is delisciously enhanced by Cats own appreciation of a damn good sound. Massively recommended for those who are looking for something bright and fresh in an otherwise stagnant mainstream.And to those of us who wanna have a good time.Do yerself a favour and enhance yer record collection and your life!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Well the Feline one has crafted one of the best albums of thee year so far.
Yet on first listen it could easily be cast in 1981. Or 1981 kitsch Europop to be more precise. And oh so refreshing for that! Kicking in with 'Harlot' sounding like an early Vince Clarke keyboard stab, moving swiftly to 'Walk With Me' and the lush tones of 'Pray For A Star' moving ever deeper and darker with clinical vocals set over a electro-esque beat. Then enter Miss Kittin into 'Madame Hollywood' and 'Silver Screen - Shower Scene' to set an overall backdrop of excess and indulgence. Soft Cell collide with OMD on 'Happy Hour' and 'She Lives' nods at Jean Michel Jarre or perhaps some long lost German synth-porn act!
Despite the 80's backdrop, this has all the hallmarks of a Felix album and is still startlingly original. For anyone who has sampled any of his previous work, they will be pleased to hear there are pounding beats intwined with subtleties that link perfectly throughout, climaxing with the delicate vocal and strings of 'Runaway Girl' delivered by long time collaborator Harrison Crump. And then cheekily enough, the tracklisting ends, yet the CD plays on for a minute or two and there is a reprise with the fabulous 'My Life Muzik' borrowed from his last long player 'I Know Elektrikboy' (also lending heavily to his pre 90's experiences!)
If you loved 80's synthpop, you'll love this. If you love dance music, you'll love this, if you are new to both forms of music, you will adore this - overall it is Felix's most accessible work to date but that means acceptably accessible retaining that quirkiness that makes him so interesting in the first place. 5 Stars indeed!
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