Felix Da Housecat, "He Was King"
DJ/producer Felix Stallings Jr. freely wields a number of genres, including new wave, funk and house. As such, he can't help but make music that references each of them. Stallings' 2001 underground hit "Kittenz & Thee Glitz" helped launch the electroclash movement, thus setting the stage for the techno top 40 trickle-up that's still felt today. Decidedly prettier but no less twisted, his new set, "He Was King," shimmers and jolts like a cyborg sex kitten. The album runs purposefully cold-"Kickdrum" only makes sense on the dancefloor, with its wicked wall of sound that might get played at an alien rave. "We" floats across the '80s like The Orb meets M83, while "Do Not Try This at Home" (a ditty about suicide that could read as coy Swedish pop, with a little Creole zing and twist of trance) is Stallings at the peak of his powers. Masterfully bleak and hyper-stylized, "He Was King" is music for the robot age. --Kerri Mason