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!