Title - 'World Clique: Expanded Edition'
Artist - Deee-Lite
For those not in the know, Deee-Lite (Lady Miss Kier, DJ Dmitry and Towa Tei) is an American house and club/dance music group, formed in New York City. The group's best-known single is "Groove Is in the Heart", which was released from their 1990 debut album, World Clique, and was a Top 10 hit in multiple countries.
Released in 1990, their debut album World Clique garnered initial success in the UK, where it peaked at #14 on the UK Albums Chart in September 1990. Simultaneously, the album entered the Billboard 200 at #180 for the week of September 15 in the US. Fueled by the success of "Groove Is in the Heart", World Clique continued to climb the chart for several weeks, peaking at #20 for the week of November 24. Indeed, in December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 55th most successful dance artists of all-time.
Remixes formed a huge part of Deee-Lite's clubland culture, and Cherry Red Records (UK) have just released this incredible, and totally deee-litful (sorry!) 2CD World Clique: Expanded Edition for our listening pleasures. It includes fourteen choice, varied takes on both singles and album tracks inclusive of extended radio versions to deep funky house breaks.
As a bonus, the jam-packed second disc provides a fabulous snapshot of global nightlife in the early 1990s through the eyes, and sounds of Lady Miss Kier and co.
1. Deee-Lite Theme
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
13. Groove Is in the Heart (Peanut Butter Radio Mix)
14. Good Beat (Turn Up the Radio Mix)
15. Power of Love (Turn Up the Radio Mix)
16. Riding on Through!
17. Groove Is in the Heart (Meeting of the Minds Mix)
18. How Do You Say... Love (A Delicious Joey Pal Dub)
19. E.S.P. (Ouijee Extended Mix)
20. What Is Love? (Rainbow Beard Mix)
21. Good Beat (Extend the Beat Mix)
22. Power of Love (Sampladelic Remix)
23. Build the Bridge (Holographic House Groove Mix)
24. What Is Love? (Holographic Goatee Mix)
25. Good Beat (Pal Joey's Shake Your Body to the Beat Mix)
26. Groove Is in the Heart (Jelly Jam Beats)
I actually met Lady Miss Kier after a show they performed here in Detroit some 20 years ago. I was meant to meet her before the show, but they arrived very late to the venue, played a delayed show to it longest moments allowed, then she spent some solo time alone backstage before @ 3am I was ushered back to meet her! Anyway, as we had a lovely chat, and as the original album opens with the funky, jazzy trumpet and bass beat sounds of "Deee-Lite Theme" (as did the live show that night, that moment in time comes flooding back to me instantly.
Next up is the dance floor smash "Good Beat" which is backed by the house hit "Power Of Love" and then the Bootsy-driven "Try Me On ... I'm Very You". The slow trumpet groove of "Smile On" (which, for my money was ahead of its time) is next and that's followed by "What Is Love?", a cut that proves that Deee-Lite were no one hit wonders. Oh, and for those still wondering, the spoken words are from Mark Twain and are the opening lines on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Tom Clay (1971).
Next up is the funky title track itself, "World Clique" and that's backed by the psychic power melodic pop rock of "E.S.P.". Again, a massive track well ahead of its time and that's backed by their massive worldwide mega hit, the highly infectious "Groove Is In The Heart" ("How do you say Deee-Groovy? How do you say Deee-Gorgeous? How do you say Deee-Lite, Deee-Lite, Deee-Lite, Deee-Lite ...").
Introduced to us by a trumpet reveille, "Who Was That?" is another gem here on World Clique and with the dynamic pairing of both "Deep Ending" and the sedate, yet still trippy "Build The Bridge" bringing the original album (disc 1) to a close, I am already relishing the chance to listen to this first side through again!
But, onward we must as their is a musical treasure trove of wonderment now to be found here on the second disc. Starting with "Groove Is in the Heart (Peanut Butter Radio Mix)" and 14 tracks later culminating with "Groove Is in the Heart (Jelly Jam Beats)", it seems someone assigned to the creation of this 2CD set got a wee bit carried away with the mixing board. For we get three versions of "Groove", three versions of "Good Beat", two of both "Power Of Love" and "What Is Love?", and one each of "Riding On Through!", "E.S.P.", "Build A Bridge" and "How Do You Say ... Love".
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