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Deee-Lite are best remembered for their hit single Groove Is In The Heart, Having hit #1 in several countries around the world, although peaking at #2 in the UK, with the single back in 1990, it was thought that the trio would go on to become household names with their distinctive take on the house genre. Alas it was not meant to be. For while their debut World Clique resonated with audiences at the time, their two subsequent releases and changing line-up meant that their career dipped and by 1996 they had hung up their collaborative dancing shoes and instead starting focusing on their own projects. But what of the album that launched the song that still dominates dancefloors today? Surely it had it’s merits. As the record turns 27, Cherry Red have decided it was time to revisit the collection for special deluxe edition re-release.
As is often the case with Cherry Red releases, Deee-Lite fans are treated to not only the original record but a bonus disc of remixes and an insightful inlay detailing the release history. Boasting a detailed interview with vocalist Miss Kier, the booklet is a real bonus for those that know little of Deee-Lite’s back story and feels like a real celebration of a band that managed to make a huge impact on a generation – not just through their music but their style and attitudes.
The album itself is something of a mixed bag. Deee-Lite were perhaps the victims of their own genius.Groove Is In The Heart is still today one of the most irresistible and irrepressible dancefloor fillers. As it borrows from a real array of genres, it is a true cross-generational appealing slice of pop pleasure that it is impossible not to sing and shimmy along to. While the remainder of World Clique is well-constructed and thoroughly enjoyable, it fails to top their breakout international hit.
Essentially a funk and house album, World Clique shows the versatility and experimentation of the three skilled musicians at it’s helm. Yet interestingly it is when the trio allow their poppier leanings to come to the fore that the sounds they lean on really click together. Joining Groove Is In The Heart as album highlights are the equally enticing Who Was That and Try Me On…I’m Very You. With a funk drive, the three songs have the power to move your body and stick in your mind for days. At the other end of the spectrum, with a dub-feel, What Is Love and E.S.P prove that the anti-thesis of your breakout hit could have provided the clues to you longevity. Both are real gems that deserved greater exposure at the time of the album’s release.
When the band try to shake formulas and focus less of hooks and melodies, the songs lose their impact and definitely their immediacy. Good Beat, title track World Clique and second single Power Of Love are all songs that grow with each listen but even fail in the long-term to exude the sheer joy of the aforementioned three from their listener.
While the remixes are as mixed as the album itself, they do add enough listening material to make it worthwhile for those who still own the original to invest in the re-release. Although Deee-Lite will probably always be best remembered for Groove Is In The Heart, this re-release is worth a revisit.Share