“House pioneer Felix Da Housecat tapped Lee “Scratch” Perry’s legendarily good vibes for “The Natural,” which is both a standout and the most recent track to be given the visual treatment from Felix’s recently released Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion LP.” – FADER
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“Marrying a welcoming dub-wise riddim, the melodic, space-y journey is punctuated with some electronic tinges. Dub was always seen as a futuristic sound to begin with, but the blend of modern technology has really helped Perry’s creative genius take off…. A beautiful tune” – COMPLEX
Today FADER premieres the latest video from Felix Da Housecat for “The Natural” ft. Lee Scratch Perry.
While the track was realized the old-fashioned way: with Felix and the legendary Perry heading into the studio to record alongside Perry’s bandmates from the 70’s, the video is decidedly more high tech.
Directed by Jon Conklin and produced by Devon James Stewart, “The Natural” video captured each artist on a green screen then digitized footage so that it reacts with the audio.
The digital effect is modeled after a piece of hardware called the Rutt Etra Video Synthesizer. Designed by Steve Rutt and Bill Etra in 1970, it was the first ever device of its kind that allowed you to manipulate video rasterization with audio signal.
For this video Conklin recreated the effect digitally, using the track’s bassline as the visual and sonic touchpoint so that video signal breaks up into scan lines and pulses every time the bass note hits.
“Thee Upsetter Lee Scratch Perry..And I would like 2 Blast your ILLUSION .. Lose yourself from Thee Worldly World..and Universe your Soul 2 “The Natural” =^,,^=” – Felix Da Housecat
“The Natural” is the latest track revealed from Felix Da Housecat’s new album Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion out now on No Shame.
“Expansive” – Black Book
“Felix Da Housecat is a true original in the dance music pantheon.” – NPR
“The artist continues to push himself [with] Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion.” – VICE thump
Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion represents Felix in his element and at his most nuanced, showcasing an ever-evolving sonic palate while retaining the inimitable groove throughout. His first release since 2011’s Son of Analog, Narrative sees the Chicago House legend (who has collaborated with everyone from Diddy to Nile Rodgers) return to the fore at the top of his game after more than three decades of making musical history with his most soulful and introspective record yet.
Check the original review here