Armand Van Helden Re-Enters Market

New single due May 16; album in late May or early June.

"Koochy," the hot new single by pre-eminent house producer Armand Van Helden, will be released May 16, said a spokesperson at his label, Armed Records.

The song, which samples Gary Numan's 1979 top-10 hit "Cars," was featured in several DJ sets at the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach last week.

Van Helden's new album, Killing Puritans, is due in late May or early June. The single for "Koochy" will not include remixes, but will feature the B-side "Phreeknik," a house instrumental.

Van Helden began DJing as a student in Boston in the late '80s and first came to prominence with the 1994 single "Witch Doktor."

Around the same time, his 1994 remix of Tori Amos' "Professional Widow," launched the DJ out of the underground. Van Helden later remixed songs for the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Puff Daddy, Apollo 440 and Daft Punk.

He released his debut full-length, Old School Junkies, in 1997 and followed it with a greatest-hits singles compilation, 1997's critically acclaimed Sampleslaya — Enter the Meatmarket and the 1998 house staple 2 Future 4 U, which included the international club anthems "Flowerz" and "U Don't Know Me."

"He's a clever boy," C1 (born Sirwan Rahman), an artist on Carl Cox's new In-tec label, said of Van Helden last month. "He's hit and miss, but when he's good, he's really good. What he did with Tori Amos was amazing. But he's got more to him than his big charty stuff."