Daniel Wang, Jacob Meehan, Jeffrey Sfire | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Daniel Wang, Jacob Meehan, Jeffrey Sfire 

When: Fri., May 8, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: $14, $12 before midnight
The transition from disco’s opulent orchestras to boogie’s fat synthesizers to house music’s luminous minimalism took some time (roughly the mid-to-late 70s to the mid-to-late 80s), but most club kids and dance-music aficionados forgot about the lineage as soon as it transpired. Daniel Wang was not one of those people. In the early 90s, when house was at its glitziest, the then-Chicago-based Wang created a lo-fi, heavily sample-based take on the genre that explicitly acknowledged disco, boogie, and hip-hop. On tracks such as “Like Some Dream I Can’t Stop Dreaming” and “Free Lovin’,” Wang stripped disco and boogie down to their bare essentials—hand claps, bongos, drippy Fender Rhodes, snippets of strings, zapping synths—then pieced them together using hip-hop’s cutting-and-looping logic and house music’s sound and structure. It was undeniably house, but also funkier, grittier, and earthier than most of what was playing in dance clubs at the time. By the time Wang relocated to New York City in the late 90s, his records were the sound of that city’s underground dance scene and a huge influence on hip local labels such as DFA and Environ (the latter released Wang’s lone LP, 2001’s overlooked Idealism). Wang doesn’t release as much music these days, but he’s an in-demand DJ whose sets reflect the same fresh approach and crate-digging chops that are hallmarks of his recorded music. —Tal Rosenberg



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