2012 has been an important year for Felix Cartal. His sound has matured into simply put: memorable music. With the impending release of his next single, “NO SLEEP”, featuring the ethereal vocal talent of Natalie Angiuli, this dance-floor anthem is a tribute to the countless hours that Felix spends working on his craft. “NO SLEEP” showcases Cartal’s relentless work ethic, which continues to propel him to the forefront of dance music and popular music in general.
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.