Because it extends beyond the usual confines of house music, the boundless "holographic house groove" of New York's Deee-lite has a certain appeal. But it was clear to anyone at the ultra-hip trio's debut here Tuesday night that it's not just the warblings of cartoonish vocalist Lady Miss Kier, the mixes of Jungle DJ Towa Towa or the samples of Super DJ Dmitry that lured hipsters in and around the Fifth Column.
As on its video hit "Groove Is in the Heart," Deee-lite's trump card is its scene: a post-disco, post-hip-hop, house-happy revival of the groovy '60s. In the groovy '90s, the whole world is a clique. Flowers are empowered again, except this time they are proffered with the slightest of smirks. Clad in a Technicolor catsuit, Kier looked like Jane Jetson, and sang almost as well as the recent crop of neo-disco divas.
As various Deee-liters shimmied and strutted, the group's Day-Glo logo underwent permutations on large video screens behind it. Still, the music was the impetus. The samples were hooky but not overly familiar, and the prerecorded rhythms spun by Towa were substantially animated by Dmitry's psychedelic guitar waa-waas and some interesting percussion -- from tambourines (of course) to a talking drum. As Towa shot and distributed Polaroids of the audience and the dancers tossed mums, the beats wore on.