V/A - Daisy Age (2xLP - Import)
It wasn't really a movement, barely even a moment, but the Daisy Age was an ethos that permeated pop, R&B and hip hop at the turn of the 90s. Playfulness and good humour were central to de la Soul's 1989 debut album, "3 Feet High And Rising", which would go on to cast a long, multi-coloured shadow over rap. In Britain, the timing for "3 Feet High And Rising" couldn't have been better.
The acid house explosion of 1988 would lead to a radical breaking down of musical barriers in 1989, and it's associated look - loose clothing, dayglo colours, smiley faces - chimed with the positivity of de la Soul and rising New York rap acts the Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest, all at the heart of a growing collective called Native Tongues.
The Native Tongues' charismatic, summery aura quickly spread west to the Bay Area's similarly-minded Hieroglyphics crew (Del Tha Funky Homosapien's 'Mistadobalina'); Canada's Dream Warriors ('My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style') used "3 Feet High"'s colour palette and borrowed Count Basie and Quincy Jones riffs; Naughty By Nature (OPP) were mentored by Native Tongues heroine Queen Latifah, while Londoner Monie Love was also adopted by the collective, resulting in her Grammy-nominated 'It's A Shame (My Sister)'.
It wasn't built to last, but the Daisy Age reintroduced Multiplication Rock, bubble writing and the gently psychedelic into the charts. It was a brief, but extraordinarily warm and optimistic moment. The songs on this collection promised that the 90s would be a lot more easy-going than the 80s.
De La Soul Featuring Q-Tip & Vinia Mojica - A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum
The Freestyle Fellowship - Sunshine Men
Del Tha Funkeé Homosapien - Mistadobalina
Fu-Schnickens with Shaquille O'Neal (Shaq-Fu) - What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock?) (K-Cut's Fat Trac Remix)
Digital Underground - Doowutchyalike
KMD - Peachfuzz
Jungle Brothers - Doin' Our Own Dang
Queen Latifah Featuring de la Soul - Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children
Naughty By Nature - O.P.P.
Digable Planets - Where I'm From
Monie Love Featuring True Image - It's a Shame (My Sister)
Justin Warfield - K Sera Sera
Brand Nubian - All for One
Leaders of the New School - Case of the P.T.A.
Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style (Album Version)
Black Sheep - The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
Chi-Ali - Age Ain't Nothin' But a #
Da Bush Babees - We Run Things (It's Like Dat)
Groove Garden - You're Not Coming Home (Mase's Funkay Recall Mix)
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