World Clique


World Clique

With the massive popularity of their hit single "Groove Is in the Heart," Deee-Lite brought the colorful sights and sounds of New York's club culture into the mainstream. Formed in 1986, the trio was led by vocalist Lady Miss Kier (born Kieren Kirby in Youngstown, OH) and fleshed out by a pair of DJs, Super DJ Dmitry (a classically trained guitarist and Russian emigre born Dmitry Brill) and Jungle DJ Towa Towa (born Doug Wa-Chung in Tokyo, Japan).

Fusing house, techno, rap, ambient, and funk music with an outrageous visual flair largely influenced by the drag queen community (Kier's fondness for Fluevog platform shoes helped the '70s fashion revival gather steam), Deee-Lite became hugely popular among New York club denizens, and the trio's own unique cultural make-up earned them a following which ignored racial and sexual boundaries. In 1990, they debuted with the album World Clique, a crossover smash thanks to hits like the loping classic "Groove Is in the Heart" (featuring the fluid bass of Bootsy Collins and the saxophone of Maceo Parker) and "Power of Love."

With their 1992 follow-up, Infinity Within, Deee-Lite's music turned overtly political as songs touched base with hot topics like the environment, safe sex, and democracy. Towa Towa left the group soon after; rechristened Towa Tei, he released his solo debut, Future Listening, in 1995. Kier and Dmitry, meanwhile, enlisted DJ Ani for 1994's Dewdrops in the Garden, a sensual outing influenced by the growing rave culture. After the release of 1996's remix album Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities, Deee-Lite disbanded.

Title Mix/Edit Artist Genre Tools
Deee-Lite Theme main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Good Beat main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Power of Love main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Try Me On...I'm Very You main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Smile On main mix Deee-Lite Pop, R&B/Soul
What Is Love main mix Deee-Lite Electronic
World Clique main mix Deee-Lite Pop
E.S.P. main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Groove Is In The Heart main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Who Was That main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Deep Ending main mix Deee-Lite R&B/Soul
Build That Bridge main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Power of Love (Zanizibar Vocal Mix) main mix Deee-Lite Pop
Groove Is In The Heart instrumental Deee-Lite Pop
Take Me Back