Review: Marking the final release in Daniel Wang's Best of Balihu series, the disco connoisseur compiles some unreleased cuts and newer versions of tunes from his seminal EPs.
While having never been a huge sample fiend in his time, probably the most noticeable appropriation on the EP is the accapella of "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester on first tune Sylver Belt. It only makes a fleeting appearance though as Mr Wang keeps things moving quickly over the course of the tune, switching things up like Coldcut did in their heyday.
More conventional is Not Feeling It, which plunges straight into an awesome late-night groove, with heavily reverbed vocals and sparse Techno stabs over some wickedly punchy kicks. East Village Hustle brings some lush and silky strings into the mix, and keeps the funk going with some equally tasteful bass.
The instrumental version of If It Feels Good has been kept in Wang's archive until now and finally gets a release here. Some other very vintage pieces show up on the EP also, Shadows for example is as rare as hens teeth, as well as Unhouse, which is a quirky yet soulful Rhodes and flute-fest.
Definitely a must-have for all fans of the Balihu series and for anyone interested in Nu-Disco period.