Felix Dickinson‘s introduction to house music first came via the fabled Tonka sound system parties, he would later collaborate with the legendary DiY crew to put on a seminal illegal rave in 1990, and in the years since he’s established himself as a globetrotting hero of underground club music. His formidable 10 year stint as DJ at the Lifeforce parties in Japan, constant presence on the UK festival circuit and his relentless personal output of funky and soulful Balearic disco jams reveal just how important a figure he has been within dance music culture.
Considered a true polymath of the underground, Felix has worked under a number of different aliases such as LHAS and Das Etwas, putting out tune after tune of his own music through various imprints, hosting mad parties across the globe and championing the music of others on his very own label, Cynic Music.
Because Felix has worked with and supported so many independent artists, it’s often easy to forget that he’s a top notch producer and selector in his own right. His most recent mix for fabric’s 16th Birthday project ‘#fabricis16’ sees Felix deliver an hour long set of funk-fuelled bangers, merging his trademark boastful Balearic template with acid-house synths and soulful disco samples.
Ahead of his appearance at Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival in May, Felix has kindly curated a list of some of his favourite YouTube videos – from shape shifting sand experiments to identity politics to Stewart Lee ripping into UKIP. Enjoy!
Stewart Lee on Paul Nuttall from UKIP
Stewart Lee ripping into Ukip, literally can’t watch this without LOLing.
Oprah Legends Ball
Who else but Oprah could get Shirley Caesar, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Yolanda Adams, Chaka Khan, Valerie Simpson and Patti LaBelle to do an impromptu gospel jam session on their lawn?
Stephen Fry on the Catholic Church
Stephen Fry giving his opinion on the Catholic Church. Pretty spot on argument from our national treasure. Gets a standing ovation from members of the clergy. I actually reckon this new Pope is comparatively OK, but still Stephen Fry’s argument is pretty firm.
Paris is Burning
This classic movie is a snapshot of some of the drag queens and houses that took part in a New York Vogue Ball in the late 80s. Some consider this documentary was exploitative, whether that’s true or not, it’s still a great insight into this underground scene, and has some classic lines. ‘Let me tell you about reading…!’
Got to give props to Horse Meat Disco’s James Hillard for this one. Is trans-racial a thing now?
A bit of a mismatch here, poor blizzard doesn’t stand a chance, but the your Mum jokes that Grist comes out with from 6.45 are brilliant.
Weird experiment showing how sand reacts to vibrations of different frequencies, pretty cosmic shit. The sound can be pretty annoying, turn it down to prevent your brain changing shape in the same way the sand does
Joe Rogan Experience – Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson
Ex UFC fighter Joe Rogan interviews Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson about the human species amnesia of past civilisations, pointing at evidence that we as a species have survived some cataclysmic episodes that have wiped out past civilisations for 1,000 or years prior to current thinking. Pretty mind bending stuff.
Trews – War On Drugs
I used to like watching the Trews. I don’t agree with everything Russell has to say, and think he really shot himself in the foot with the whole ‘don’t vote’ and then ‘vote Milliband’ thing (might have worked better if Corbyn was head of the Labour party last election). Anyway, his True News channel was an interesting alternative view to the normal news and he had some interesting people on there. This episode talks about the stupidity of the current ‘war on drugs’. Can’t believe in this day and age that drug policy world-wide is so back-ward. I’d like to think the relaxing of weed prohibition in the States could be a step in the right direction.
The Battle Of Orgreave
This is a documentary of Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of the Battle Of Orgreave.