No. 1 Is the Number Having honed his craft in German dance clubs, Queens native Deskee proves a deft groove-mixer, spiking a sound known as "hip-house" (a combination of rap… No. 1 Is the Number Having honed his craft in German dance clubs, Queens native Deskee proves a deft groove-mixer, spiking a sound known as "hip-house" (a combination of rap… Deskee Electronic
Music Review

No. 1 Is the Number (1991)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Deskee; Genre: Electronic

Having honed his craft in German dance clubs, Queens native Deskee proves a deft groove-mixer, spiking a sound known as ''hip-house'' (a combination of rap and dance music) with shots of disco and reggae in No. 1 Is the Number. His voice, like those of the best rappers, has a forcefulness and a musical resonance that propels the beat on No. 1 Is the Number as powerfully as a well-played rhythm instrument would. As for the songs, several of them — most notably ''Kid Get Hyped'' and ''Lost in Groove'' — feature hooks worthy of Deskee's energetic delivery. B+

Originally posted Jan 18, 1991 Published in issue #49 Jan 18, 1991 Order article reprints
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