not everyone gets deeelite.
deeelite were retro at a time when retro was not cool. in 1990 we looked to the future not the past and the 70s sound was a stark reminder of the recent past. we laughed at photos of our parents in flares, platforms and afros – deeelite defiantly wore all three and looked cool. we were dumbstruck, and fell in love with their barefaced cheek.
their sound and their image complemented each other perfectly. swirly, quirky and full of colour. as 60s babies, the trio had updated the 70s rainbow funk of their childhood and updated it for the new generation. they were so not cool in terms of the new age image of the time that clothed itself in crystals and white chiffon, but their positive vibes complemented the ethos perfectly.
when they broke up in the mid 90s, it was probably just in time. their skippy, flower fairy psychedelia was still working. bjork didn’t manage to maintain it beyond one album. look what could have happened…
apple juice kissing
grass roots soul – like any of today’s screechy r&b divas on valium and forced to sit in a garden all day.
groove is in the heart
this is the sampladelic relics… version as i’m sure you all have the original by now.
how do you say…love?
early house/bleep with a human edge.
picnic in the summertime
i remember the cd single cover looked like a victoria plum pencil pot i had in infant school. actually i still have the pot somewhere – and this guru remix.
power of love
the second single from their debut album ‘world clique’ and long a bone of contention for me as the single remix is vastly superior to the album version. and yet you can’t find it anywhere – so, this is a ’pitchy’ as paula abdul would say, youtube rip.
anyone remember mtv europe in the good old days? well during fashion show ’the pulse’ (with swatch) this was often the soundtrack of choice. god the early 90s were camp…
from second album ‘infinity within’ this was a clubbier direction.
chilled jazz hop with a floral trim.
ravey, rumbling track that was a bit darker than anything else on ‘dewdrops’.
stay in bed…forget the rest
lady miss kier can get down with the best of them…its not all butterflies and eyeliner.
what is love
bouncy rave track wth breathy vocals.
who was that?
popcorn style electro.