Review: The US' Aphorhead has been churning out house and techno missiles since the mid 90's, hopping from label to label and consistently offering quality output in the process. He returns to action, however on Europe's Crosstown Rebels, an imprint which he has visited before and by now a pillar of contemporary house music that has seen releases by everyone from Cosmin TRG to Art Department and Damian Lazarus - not a bad list of names, if we may say so! His comeback in is the shape of an LP - or extended EP depending on the way you like to see it - and the title track "Resurrection" is itself a spacey, driving house number with subtle Detroit influences amid its chords and pads. The rest of the tunes range from more contemporary, commercially-minded house such as "Klymaxxx", to deep, jazzy house on "Come To Me", and funky minimal techno as seen on "Let's Prance". A diverse and playful dancefloor album for both the tool and non-tool users.
Review: Chicago legend Felix Stallings aka Felix Da Housecat is back under his revived Aphrohead moniker for the first time in 14 years since "Thee Underground Made Me Do It". Originally released in 2014, it now sees a digital release on Damien Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels. Like much of the other material under this alias, it's rather tracky house on the tougher tip and "Grown Man Cryy" is no exception. Stallings repeats the very phrase repeatedly over a skipping melody, hissing high hats and an absolutely furious beat. Planet E head honcho Carl Craig gets on the remix giving it his typical midas touch: all soaring synth leads, buzzing bassline and white noise.
Review: It was way back in 2002 when Thee Underground Made Me Do It, Felix Da Housecat's fourth album under the Aphrohead alias, first appeared in record stores on vinyl and CD. 16 years on, the album is getting a deserved digital download release for the very first time. It remains a fine long-player, with the veteran Chicagoan laying down a series of largely fuzzy and sleazy dancefloor workouts that vary from punky rock-house ("Kazoo") and loopy filter disco house throw-downs ("Body Stronger", "Morning In Mexico"), to densely layered drum jams ("Know Your Enemy") and revivalist Chi-town jack-tracks ("Days of Phuture '96").