On this day in music history: August 7, 1990 – “World Clique”, the debut album by Deee-Lite is released. Produced by Deee-Lite, it is recorded at D&D Studios and Calliope Studios in New York City from January – May 1990. Originally formed in 1986, Youngstown, OH native Lady Miss Kier (born Kierin Magenta Kirby) and Ukrainian born Supa DJ Dmitry (born Dmitry Brill) meet when both move to New York City. With Kier initially pursuing a career as a fashion designer and Dmitry studying graphic design, both find that they share an equal interest in music. After making him a stage costume for his band Shazork, she begins singing and writing songs with him. Not long after, the couple meet Japanese born Jungle DJ Towa Tei (born Doug Wa-Chung), who join their group. With Kier and Dmitry both being fans of classic old-school dance music and 70’s pop culture, Towa Tei brings the musical influences of techno and house music to the group. Calling themselves Deee-Lite, the trio make a name for themselves on the New York City club scene as DJ’s while working on original music together. Standing out visually as well as musically, Deee-Lite are signed to Elektra Records in 1989 and begin work on their debut album. While working on the record, the group reach out to funk icon Bootsy Collins, sending him a demo tape of a song they’ve put together. Collins loves it, and agrees to work with them, also bringing in long time friends and former JB’s band mates Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley into the project. Deee-Lite also extend an invitation to Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest to add rap verses to the breakdown of the song. The track titled “Groove Is In The Heart” (#4 Pop, #1 Club Play, #28 R&B) pulls together an eclectic group of samples including Herbie Hancock’s “Bring Down The Birds” from his film score to Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blow Up, Vernon Burch’s disco/funk classic “Get Up”, Ray Barretto’s “Right On” and Ralph MacDonald’s “Jam On The Groove” among them. Accompanied by a splashy and quirky music video featuring cameo appearances by Collins, Q-Tip, and Parker, it perfectly captures Deee-Lite’s musical spirit and visual image. The song becomes an instant dance floor smash before crossing over, and becoming a worldwide hit. The album spins off three more singles including “Power Of Love” (#47 Pop, #1 Club Play), “Good Beat” (#1 Club Play) and “E.S.P.” (#7 Club Play). Released on vinyl on a limited basis in 1990, the album is reissued briefly in 2009, then again as a limited edition (1,000 copies), numbered LP in 2015 by Music On Vinyl, pressed on purple vinyl. A standard black vinyl pressing follows in 2016. “World Clique” peaks at number twenty on the Billboard Top 200, number thirty four on the R&B album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.