Australia’s Kristin Velvet, co-head of the burgeoning dance label Arms & Legs, has reached across the globe to Chicago house music legend Felix Da Housecat for a collaborative two-track EP entitled Cats Love Velvet that’s already rumbling through club systems in the Windy City and beyond.
The EP’s lead track “Marshall & Pierre” was initially not even supposed to be about Chicago house innovators Marshall Jefferson & DJ Pierre. Velvet was curious to hear the story of how Felix met Pierre in his early studio days when Felix responded, “I don’t wanna sing about Pierre!” and instantly the hook to the track was born. Tough percussion and a slinky bassline start the track and set off an old school vibe before Felix’s distinct vocals lead the way for take off, as he namedrops Prince, Mike Dunn, and others while the track bubbles up and sways on the infectious chorus. It’s a tried and true Chicago formula that doesn’t attempt to do too much. The result is a super catchy and club ready collaborative history lesson from an up-and-comer and legend.
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