Category: Album Reviews

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.

Lift To Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Mute)

Released in 2001, Denton, Texas trio Lift To Experience’s sole album was an amazingly intense concept album that largely went unheard during the band’s brief lifespan. Subsequent years have rightly elevated it to be one of the best records you’ve never heard. This reissue cleans up the mix and offers bonus material, but the focus is still on the amazing ninety minute apocalyptic opus that still sounds like nothing you’ve heard.