Sunday, January 23, 2011

DEEE-LITE: "I.F.O. (IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT)" (1992)

Deee-Lite
(l tor: Jungle DJ Towa Tei, Super DJ Dmitry and
The Lady Miss Keir Kirby)
Click above to hear "I.F.O."

Unfairly relegated to the one-hit wonder scrapheap, Deee-Lite is rarely given their due as the innovative musicians that they were. While their immortal "Groove is in the Heart" is well served on numerous compilation albums, the rest of their catalogue is collecting dust, which is a travesty.

Formed in New York City in the late 1980s, Lady Miss Keir Kirby, DJ Dimitry and DJ Towa Tei had attained iconic status in the dance music world long before committing a single note to record. Their house blend of quirkiness, irreverence and a complete disregard for genre conventions keeps their cult following hopping to this day. "I.F.O." is a distillation of all that made them so special, and more of their vast catalogue will be featured in subsequent blogs. While their first album, "World Clique" was about fun and frivolity, their follow-up, "Infinity Within" was far more overtly political. This won't be the last you hear of Deee-Lite on this blog!

While Deee-Lite may have disbanded, no one has come along to snatch away their standing as true originals of the NYC dance scene. Groove really IS in the heart.

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