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Best of Balihu Records: I Was a Disco Malcontent
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Best of Balihu Records: I Was a Disco Malcontent
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
 
Since 1993, Balihu Records has functioned as the moniker for reclusive house mixologist Daniel Wang--and with this long-awaited compilation of early 12-inches, the mystery only deepens. Hailing from Tibet, Chicago, or Sout...  more »

      
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All Artists: Balihu
Title: Best of Balihu Records: I Was a Disco Malcontent
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Label: Oxygen Music Works
Original Release Date: 11/17/1998
Re-Release Date: 12/15/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Style: Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 703388301027

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Since 1993, Balihu Records has functioned as the moniker for reclusive house mixologist Daniel Wang--and with this long-awaited compilation of early 12-inches, the mystery only deepens. Hailing from Tibet, Chicago, or South America--depending on with whom one speaks--Wang has long been rumored to actually be a duo of producers, or perhaps some even larger unit. No matter; the beats on Disco Malcontent draw lovingly from so many macrotraditions that it may as well all be true. Farming the verdant valley that lies between Larry Levan and Juan Atkins, Balihu's grooves bubble and squeak like nothing so much as a K-hole where machine elves forever riff on "Love Is the Message." And by conceptually grafting Detroit techno's lonely-planet Roland flourishes to the sex church of New York City garage, Wang has created a most gratifying third way: a severely considered disco minimalism with bump-and-skate dynamics. These 10 staples of Dimitri from Paris's more smoked-out live sets will make your butt smile. --Steve Lafreniere

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Update of old school grooves from chicago to nyc heydays
12/26/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"DJ Danny Wang has a completely straight take on the concept of the groove--i.e. built from the ground up starting with the bass and kick drum in the tradition of old school house from chicago early eighties and even earlier influences like the Paradise Garage in New York's underground disco heydays--with a nod to the dramatic and rigid codes of the Vogue scene of which he used to be an active member--DJ for House of Chanel no less--and this compliation is his first cd after a string of vinyl hits that he released on his own label and which were more recognized on the other side of the Atlantic as is often the ironic case with homegrown boys--now his work boomerangs back Stateside with this collection and rightly so--recommended track is the first one but any of them bears up to listening either on the dancefloor or at home since his analysis and application of the history of groove quest is solid and hits the mark in a satisfying way"