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Felix da Housecat
Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever
Emperor Norton Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Felix Da Housecat's obsession with everything Los Angeles - the glamour and the corruption, the Botox and the buttocks, Hollywood and heretics - is all-consuming. On his latest album, he employs cool electro to further his exploration of fashion, sex, drugs and celebrity, beefed up by a series of guest vocalists and production partners.

Devin Dazzle is a character created by Felix who "is fascinated by the nightlife. Every time he sees neon lights he gets the fever." Neon Fever, played by five women formerly known as Glamarama, star as Devin's friend who has somewhat of a bad influence on him, seducing him with the pleasures of the flesh, heady drugs and dancefloors. If this sounds like a movie treatment or a Prince Paul album to you, you're heading in the right direction. This is, absolutely, a concept album, even if the concept is somewhat loose - the spiritual vs. the physical.

James Murphy ("a cool white boy with lots of funk," according to Felix) of DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem appears on the funk-bass infused "What She Wants," as he loosely scats and yelps over the track. Tyrone 'Visionary' Palmer provides guest vocals on several songs on the record, most notably on the sweet and melancholy "Ready 2 Wear," an icy but soulful electro track over which his effected vocals emote, "You look good when you wear it well." "Everyone is Someone in LA," a centerpiece of the album, is pure Felix: images of Hollywood celebrity and nightlife over a tech-electro pulse with crisp distorted guitars stabbing up the track.

Felix Da Housecat's craft is enhanced by his ability to blend his musical style with disparate elements. He is not confined by the electro genre; he is informed from everything from house to punk to soul to rock and roll, and those are just his musical influences. At times vapid and at times inspiring, Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever is a slick journey into the future of retro. Never sterile, Felix manages to prove that drum machines do have soul.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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