- Released: August 14, 1990
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
Spin - 10/90
"...the debut album of the year...an eloquent tableau of 90's possibilities...This band does not, however, indulge in the common practice of sampling hooks, their strength is that they can write 'em...Deee-Lite employ these structures to focus their energy and reach a new dimension...It's a beautiful thing...fabulous..."
"...smart, funky dance tracks..." - A-
Q - 2/91
Included in Q's list of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990. - Recommended as one of the five best dance albums of 1990. "...This trio's re-creation of the '70s in a very '90s environment goes beyond daft clothes, Bootsy's bass motifs and horn riffs laced with house beats, to re-introduce a much-needed sense of silliness to the dancing..."
Alternative Press - 7/95, p.114
"...what the team lacked in musical depth, they made up for with invention and flair..."
New York Times (Publisher) - 12/30/90
Rated #10 of the Top 10 Recordings for 1990 - "...Music for dance clubs that still sounds like giddy fun at home, with the punching-bag beat of house music and the sly sunny vocals of Kier Kirby..."
- 1.Deee-Lite Theme - (bonus track)
- 2.Good Beat
- 3.Power Of Love
- 4.Try Me On... I'm Very You
- 5.Smile On
- 6.What Is Love?
- 7.World Clique
- 9.Groove Is In The Heart
- 10.Who Was That?
- 11.Deep Ending
- 12.Build The Bridge - (bonus track)
Deee-Lite: Lady Miss Kier, Super DJ Dimitry, DJ Towa Towa.
This full-length debut by the multicultural New York-based trio known as Deee-Lite was one of 1990's catchiest and most innovative releases. Deee-Lite wove '70s-era sampladelic loops (courtesy of Japanese mix master Jungle DJ Towa Tei and Russian Super DJ Dmitry Brill) over house and club-style beats, creating a funky, uniquely textured dance music. The bright vocals of American lead singer Lady Miss Kier and the band's outrageous cosmic/retro fashion sense add the perfect touch of good-vibe positivity to the proceedings. Dee-Lite is the techno era's irresistibly likable hippie lovechild.
Booty moving anthems such as "Good Beat" and "Power of Love" are pulsing, computer-age disco, while "Try Me On, I'm Very You" and "Smile On" lock into righteous, feel-good '70s grooves a la Sly and his Family Stone. The highlight of the record, however, is the hit single "Groove Is In The Heart," an indescribable high that is guaranteed to move even the most lead-footed of listeners. Guest appearances by Bootsy Collins and A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip are added incentive to dive into WORLD CLIQUE. In all, this is one of the finest dance albums of the '90s.