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. The video, premiering today on The FADER, features pixillations of both Felix and Scratch bobbing along to the lightly dubbed, gently throbbing, reggae-inflected beat.
"I knew from the start that I wanted to stay away from a direct narrative because the song has a very strong and unique vibe, I felt that any narrative would be distracting," the video's director Jon Conklin explained in an email to The FADER. He added: "The digital effect is modeled after a piece of hardware called the Rutt Etra Video Synthesizer. It was designed by Steve Rutt and Bill Etra in 1970 and it was the first ever device of its kind that allowed you to manipulate video rasterization with audio signal... I took the bass line from the song, and pumped it into the effect, so essentially what is happening is it is breaking the video signal up into scan lines and then pulsing them every time the bass note hits."
It's technical, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the video and digging into the good vibes above.
Felix's upcoming tour dates:
Wed Aug 12: Kitsch, Knokke, Belgium
Sat Aug 15: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Holland
Thu Aug 20: Mr. Charlie, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Fri Aug 21: Barcardi Event, Liege, Belgium
Sat Aug 22: Vista Club, Ibiza, Spain
Thu Aug 27: Nikki Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Fri Aug 28: Kyo, Singapore
Sat Aug 29: Ku De Ta, Bali, Indonesia
Sun Aug 30: Marini’s on 57, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fri Sept 4: Bar Rouge, Shanghai, China
Sat Sept 5: Vision, Tokyo, Japan
Fri Sept 11: Railway Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Sat Sept 12: EQ Showring, Sydney, Australia
Sat Sept 26: Penelope, Benidorm, Spain
Fri Oct 16: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
Sat Nov 7: The Underground, Roen, France
Tue Nov 10: Vertigo Club, Grenoble, France
Sat Nov 14: Primavera Fauna, Santiago, Chile
Sat Nov 21: Le Room, Poitiers, France
Wed Feb 10: Holy Ship!, Miami, USA Bahamas