Felix Cartal’s new video for “Young Love,” the first single off his upcoming “Past Present Felix EP” and starring vocals from Koko LaRoo, is basically about a bunch of babes in bikinis bouncing on bicycles and bashing balloons at boys. Hope you like the letter B.
Throughout his career, Cartal has maintained an aggressive release schedule including his sophomore LP “DIFFERENT FACES” on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, released in late March 2012. The 2nd single, “DOMO”, taps into aggressive sounds and Japanese pop culture, whereas the 3rd single “BLACK TO WHITE” (featuring Miss Palmer), falls back onto the pop influences of the first single. Branded with cute girls, b&w photography and red balloons, the concept for the album is strong, consistent, memorable.
Growing up in Vancouver, Felix’s initial mark on the dance scene was with his debut EP in 2009 titled ‘Skeleton.’ Steve Aoki and MSTRKRFT were some of the earliest supporters of Cartal’s sound, and he released his debut LP ‘POPULAR MUSIC’ on Aoki’s label, Dim Mak Records. The record featured several big tunes such as, ‘LOVE’ which was featured on the I LOVE TECHNO 2010 compilation, ‘WORLD CLASS DRIVER,’ which startled the internet with the video’s shocking take on seniors amongst the drug scene, and ‘VOLCANO’ which featured vocals from an unlikely collab of Johnny Whitney from post-hardcore stars The Blood Brothers.
In 2011, Felix progressed his sound with a surprise hit ‘THE JOKER,’ which found its way into the sets of anyone from Benny Benassi to Diplo to Laidback Luke. Transcending across all scenes of dance music, this tune was remixed by the likes of John Dahlback and Clouds (TURBO), and helped push Felix into both the American and European festival circuit, seeing him on stages at EDC, Tomorrowland and the mainstage of Electric Zoo.
With a packed touring schedule, two full-length LPs under his belt, and “NO SLEEP” set to drop in December, Felix’s growing repertoire is a reminder that his commitment to churning out huge-sounding, feel-good pop tracks is stronger than ever.