Specialising in tightly-woven grooves that guarantee dancefloor destruction, J-Felix’s shimmering pop is impossible to resist. With new album Whole Again Hooligan released last month, the funk and soul specialist talks Goldlink, Passing Clouds and playing the prestigious Roundhouse.

Drawing influence from the likes of James Brown and George Clinton, Whole Again Hooligan finds J-Felix expanding on the vibrant sound of his first releases and exploring fresh territory through collaboration, most notably on the fantastic ‘Mind Up’ with Andrew Ashong.

On the subject of the album’s fitting title, J-Felix says: “My mum used to call me a hooligan when I was growing up which was probably quite accurate, but there’s something about finishing a creative project as a musician that makes you feel whole again.” In these unique times, Whole Again Hooligan will do the same for every listener.

Fresh from releasing his new album last month, get to know J-Felix a little better with his In Short.

Three words to describe my music…

Funkfunk, fizzy, uplifting.

The first artist you saw live…

I don’t know exactly, but I have early memories of going to see this mental hardcore band called BioHazard at about 14 – I remember my Dad nervously dropping me off at this dingy venue in Bristol somewhere – saw the support act, didn’t like them and was too scared to be out and about amongst the hardcore nutters in the crowd so never actually saw Biohazard!

Favourite label…

Tru Thoughts (is the label that pays me!) 😉

Best venue to play…

Tough one. DJ’ing on the beach in Croatia has been pretty special and DJ’ing at Village Underground, Lisbon.

For live shows: Brighton Dome was pretty special – great venue, lovely sound.

The Roundhouse with Alice Russell was also very nice- was worried about sound at soundcheck because it’s quite resonant in there, but once everyone was in – lovely gig.

Best venue to party at…

Passing Clouds in London was brilliant. Patterns in Brighton!

Most underrated producer…

I don’t know how underrated he is, but Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II produced Lucky Daye’s album and the quality of recording and production is mind blowing – Shouts to Swindle and KZ for putting me on to that!

Best track to save a flagging dance floor…

Goldlink – Yard. Big tune.

An artist you’d recommend to fans of your own music…

Another tough one, Amp Fiddler is good shout though.

A track you’re listening to on-repeat…

I try not to do that too much, but one on heavy rotation is Goldlink, Jay Prince and Tyler the Creator – ‘U Say’.

A record that cheers you up…

 Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain.

Three artists you’d book to play at your birthday…

Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and Mr Scruff for a cheeky DJ set into the wee hours.

Whole Again Hooligan is out now.