Classy disco edits delivered with a message.
Daniel Wang Presents S.D.A.P. - Don't Go Lose This
In the halcyon days of his Balihu label, Daniel Wang delivered his records with messages that varied from cryptic to critical. His new release, his first in over a decade, has another one: a screed against social media and modern DJ culture written on the B-side's centre label. The presentation lends Wang's words a certain urgency, and while you might not agree with what he has to say about selfies, "festivals whose lineups look like a stack of labels at a shopping mall" and "careers produced by others in the shadows," there's a pressing feel to "Don't Go Lose This." The vocal seems directed at dance music fans—don't fuck it up—and whatever that might mean, it feels important.
Both versions of "Don't Go Lose This," which samples Hugh Masekela's 1984 classic "Don't Go Lose It Baby," are classic Wang: fizzy synth lines, addictive vocals and a spaced-out smear of reverb. Where some disco edits can be stiff and repetitive, Wang makes DJ-friendly versions that still feel loose and lively. The dub version further highlights Wang's style of editing. He might be angry, but this record suggests that everything is going to work out in the end.
Tue / 16
A Don't Go Lose This (Main)
B Don't Go Lose This (Dub)