Deee-Lite: World Clique (Cherry Pop)

For a brief time, Deee-Lite was one of the most original dance bands in the world. World Clique, their debut, was also their masterpiece, a blend of funk, soul, techno, disco, and just plain outer-space retro weirdness. It wasn’t destined to last, and it didn’t; but in 1990, you couldn’t top ’em. This expanded reissue shows why.

Deodato: Night Cruiser/Happy Hour (Robinsongs)

Brazilian jazz pianist Eumir Deodato’s career was in full force by 1980; a respected jazz musician and producer responsible for the international success of Kool & The Gang. The pair of albums featured on this twofer would prove to be some of his last regularly-released solo albums before a lengthly retirement, but they’re high quality records that definitely show Deodato’s superb arrangement and compositional skills.