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Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities

Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities by Deee-Lite
Released: Nov 2007
Label: Rhino/Elektra
Deee-Lite beamed into the late '90s like some kind of multiculti clubland pixies, and they've been synonymous with a campy brand of flower-power ever since. But this collection of remixes presents a fuller picture of the group as keystones of the downtown scene. House legend Pal Joey contributes warm, scuffed house grooves; Carl Craig bestows Detroit's anointing touch. If you came expecting dance pop, think again: There are swaths of dark techno intensity, and Towa Tei's synths often surge toward full-on freakadelica. A fascinating snapshot of club culture in full creative flower.
Philip Sherburne