ORIGINAL TRACK APPEARS ON JOHN ROBERTS ALBUM‘LIGHTS OUT”SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 4
Dance floor luminaries Felix da Housecat & Dave the Hustler have remixed John Roberts’ latest single “Lights Out” featuring Debbie Harry. The club-ready remix is out today, April 30.
Listen to the “Lights Out” remix here: https://snd.click/LightsOutRemix
John Roberts says about “Lights Out,” “We wrote it as a ‘fuck fear’ kind of song, about not being afraid of the unknown stuff without getting too serious. When we were writing it, COVID was just starting to creep in and you could feel like we were headed towards something bad, so it had this post-apocalyptic kind of vibe around it too.” Originally produced by Junior Sanchez, Felix da Housecat & Dave the Hustler’s upbeat, retro-disco take only enhances the songs feel.
Look for the original version of “Lights Out” featuring Debbie Harry to appear on John Roberts’ Lights Out album along with tracks featuring Beth Ditto and babydaddy (Scissor Sisters) set for release on June 4.
About Felix da Housecat:
Two-time GRAMMY-Award nominated FELIX DA HOUSECAT launched Founders Of Filth in Montreal in 2017 as a forward thinking label where no rules apply. Detroit born, Chicago bred Felix has reached dizzying heights over his career with countless productions as Felix Da Housecat, Aphrohead, Thee Madkatt Courtship, Thee Maddkatt Courtship III, and Rocketmann. He has collaborated with Diddy, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Miss Kittin, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, remixed Nina Simone, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Garbage, and Kylie Minogue, and performed as a DJ at Glastonbury, Coachella, Exit and Tomorrowland.
About Dave the Hustler:
Dave The Hustler’s musical journey as a producer and DJ is punctuated by kick drums and sprinkled with house, rave and new wave influences. “Ça fait boom-boom” is his motto, and although not completely restricted to four-to-the-floor, his sound will always be about the beat and the heart. Dave defines himself as a discreet beatmaker with the occasional need to pop out into the spotlight. “It’s mainly about the fun and the party, a visceral feel versus a mind trip.” A longtime collaborator of Felix da Housecat, the duo continues to work together after 20 years, shaping some of today’s most exciting dance music.
About John Roberts:
Hailing from Edison, NJ, John Roberts’ deep-rooted love for music can be traced back to his youth. At the onset of the 90’s he fell in love with the New York City rave scene and frequented the storied warehouse parties mythologized in movies like “Go.” He visited Other Music in the city’s fashion forward Village neighborhood on a weekly basis to buy new releases from Orbital, Moby and more. Going from music lover to being in a band was a no-brainer and Roberts found himself the front-man for Opti-Grab. The group released one album and toured relentlessly. Bringing things full circle, former tour-mates Blondie tapped him to drop some lyrical fire on “Love Level” from their critically acclaimed 2017 chart-topper Pollinator. “Looking,” a wild anthem produced by Big Black Delta, followed in 2019, marked his solo debut with remixes by Tensnake, Junior Sanchez and Gerd Janson. The song—which landed at #19 on UK club charts–along with “Dirty Little Secrets” and “Lonely Boys Have Fun Too” appeared on his self-titled EP released last summer. Flashforward to 2020, Roberts entered the studio with longtime club friend Junior Sanchez for its follow-up. “Freaks”—out now—is one of the many songs the two collaborated on that will appear on Roberts’ Lights Out album set for release June 2021.
On the acting front, John Roberts has gone from viral YouTube clips like “The Christmas Tree,” “My Son is Gay” and “Jackie & Debra” (generating more than 40 million views) to appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Archer” and more in addition to multiple tours alongside Margaret Cho. He went on to join the cast of the EMMY Award-winning “Bob’s Burgers” as lovable & loud matriarch Linda Belcher which landed him first EMMY nod in the category of “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” (2015). The show is now in its 11th season with a feature film to be released spring 2022.