Founded in 1986 by three of NYC’s most talented club kids – Super DJ Dmitri, Jungle DJ Towa Towa, and cartoon diva Lady Miss Kier – Deee-Lite injected club culture into the mainstream with a multi-colored dance-pop synthesis of house, techno, hip-hop, and funk.
Deee-Lite made their Elektra deee-but with 1990’s World Clique, highlighted by their sampladelic smash, “Groove Is In The Heart.” The worldwide hit single, which featured guest appearances from Bootsy Collins, Q-Tip, and Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker of James Brown’s famous J.B.’s, was a top 5 success on Billboard’s “Hot 100” as well as a #1 “Hot Dance Club Play” blockbuster.
Infinity Within, released in 1991, saw a sharp turn in the group’s lyrical focus, veering from flower-power positivity to an overtly activist bent dealing with the environment, social justice, and sexual freedom. 1994’s rave-fuelled Dewsdrops In The Garden melded the two approaches, focusing on matters of a more spiritual and personal nature. Recorded after the departure of DJ Towa Tei, the album proved their last all-original release, followed only by 1996's odds-and-sods remix compilation assembled by Super DJ Dmitri. All three members have since gone on to careers in and around club culture, but for their brief lifespan, Deee-Lite made the world a truly deee-groovy place to be.