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Booka Shade

From their techy, trancey beginnings to their more mature post-millennial work that incorporated pop, ambient, electro, techno, and funk influences, Frankfurt, Germany house duo Booka Shade maintained an elegance of style that owed little to whatever current dance music trends were on the scene. However, before they were Booka Shade, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger had an early-'90s synth pop duo called Planet Claire, which in the tradition of Underworld and Ministry, mutated into something very different after their early direction petered out following two mildly successful albums. Abandoning dance-pop in favor of heavier club beats, Kammermeier and Merziger released a number of underground dance tracks -- including the smash hit "Una Musica Senza Ritmo" under the Degeneration moniker -- before renaming their project Booka Shade and debuting with the 1995 single "Kind of Good." Another single, "Silk," was issued the following year, but the duo soon lost interest in formulaic club music and decided to reinvent themselves as movie soundtrack composers and pop producers for hire. This phase of their career lasted for a few years but turned out to be a thoroughly depressing experience, and eventually, in 2002, Kammermeier and Merziger moved to Berlin and started their own imprint, Get Physical, alongside M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T. In 2004, feeling that they finally had complete musical freedom, Booka Shade released their first proper album as artists, Memento. Following two more club hits in 2005, "Mandarine Girl" and "Body Language" (in collaboration with M.A.N.D.Y.), they released their second album, Movements, in 2006. It was followed by a DJ-Kicks mix in 2007 and a pair of additional albums for Get Physical, 2008's The Sun & the Neon Light, and 2010's More!. For their fifth studio album, the duo went to Manchester, England and recorded in a proper studio -- a move that recharged their creativity. That album, Eve, was released in 2013. Throughout their career, Booka Shade also maintained a separate line in high-profile remixes, including work for the Juan MacLean ("Tito's Way"), Moby ("Dream About Me"), Hot Chip ("[Just Like We] Breakdown"), the Knife ("Marble House"), and Dave Gahan ("Kingdom"). The duo returned the following year with an EP, Line of Fire which featured vocal contributions from Karin Park. The pair reciprocated by remixing her track "Pandora Drive." In 2017, Booka Shade put out their sixth full-length effort, Galvany Street. The record's overall sonic palette was a return to the new wave sound that the duo had experimented with during some of their earlier projects and collaborations. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1.   Song
  2.   Body Language
  3.   In White Rooms
  4.   Darko
  5.   Mandarine Girl
  6.   Love Inc
  7.   Night Falls
  8.   Many Rivers
  9.   Tickle
  10.   Friend for a Night
  11.   Ballad of the East
  12.   Memento
  13.   Double Identity
  14.   Bakerson
  15.   Black Cow
  16.   Right on Track
  17.   Love Drug
  18.   Perfect Time
  19.   Tomorrow Belongs to Us
  20.   ain' got much to lose
  21.   Panoramic
  22.   Solo City
  23.   Dusty Boots
  24.   Played Runner
  25.   Blue Rooms
  26.   Shimmer
  27.   Frantic
  28.   Queen Lucid
  29.   S.T.A.R.R.Z.
  30.   Gloomfeld
  31.   Wildest Thing
  32.   At the Window
  33.   Paper Plane
  34.   Back to Monza
  35.   Line of Fire
  36.   Blackout:White Noise Feat. Chelonis R. Jones by Chelonis R. Jones
  37.   Aery Canary
  38.   Crossing Borders
  39.   Jesolo
  40.   Only When You Wake Up
  41.   Time's on My Side
  42.   Maifeld
  43.   Leema
  44.   Kalimera
  45.   Glory Box
  46.   Honeyslave
  47.   Up
  48.   Triple Identity
  49.   Home
  50.   Point Break
  51.   You Don't Know What You Mean To Me
  52.   Comacabana
  53.   Planetary
  54.   Sweet Lies
  55.   Charlotte
  56.   Control Me
  57.   Outskirts
  58.   Trespass
  59.   Unhealthy Pleasures
  60.   Karma Car
  61.   The Magician
  62.   Lost High
  63.   Wasting Time
  64.   Pong Pang
  65.   Hide & Seek in Geishas Garden
  66.   The Birds and the Beats/At the Window
  67.   Paper Moon
  68.   L' Armée des Ombres
  69.   Something Physical
  70.   Mr. Torrance
  71.   Vertigo
  72.   Moonstruck
  73.   Noisy Man
  74.   Stupid Question
  75.   Trespas 06
  76.   Take a Ride
  77.   Vertigo vs. Cha!
  78.   City Tales
  79.   16mm
  80.   Psychameleon
  81.   Hallelujah USA
  82.   Duke
  83.   Cha!
  84.   The Sun & The Neon Light
  85.   The Birds & Beats