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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.   Love Inc
  6.   Mandarine Girl
  7.   Night Falls
  8.   Many Rivers
  9.   Mandarine Girl
  10.   Tickle
  11.   Numbers (DJ-Kicks)
  12.   Charlotte
  13.   Vertigo
  14.   Jesolo
  15.   Aery Canary
  16.   S.T.A.R.R.Z.
  17.   Gloomfeld
  18.   Black Cow
  19.   Wildest Thing
  20.   At the Window
  21.   Paper Plane
  22.   Back to Monza
  23.   Right on Track
  24.   Line of Fire
  25.   Blackout:White Noise Feat. Chelonis R. Jones by Chelonis R. Jones
  26.   Crossing Borders
  27.   Ballad of the East
  28.   Only When You Wake Up
  29.   Love Drug
  30.   Time's on My Side
  31.   Perfect Time
  32.   Maifeld
  33.   Leema
  34.   Glory Box
  35.   Honeyslave
  36.   Tomorrow Belongs to Us
  37.   ain' got much to lose
  38.   The Birds & Beats
  39.   Stupid Question
  40.   City Tales
  41.   Vertigo vs. CHA!
  42.   Home
  43.   Queen Lucid
  44.   Point Break
  45.   You Don't Know What You Mean To Me
  46.   Comacabana
  47.   Planetary
  48.   Psychameleon
  49.   Sweet Lies
  50.   The Sun & The Neon Light
  51.   Solo City
  52.   Control Me
  53.   Outskirts
  54.   Trespass
  55.   Unhealthy Pleasures
  56.   Karma Car
  57.   The Magician
  58.   Blue Rooms
  59.   Lost High
  60.   Wasting Time
  61.   Take a Ride
  62.   Pong Pang
  63.   Hide & Seek in Geishas Garden
  64.   The Birds and the Beats/At the Window
  65.   Paper Moon
  66.   Shimmer
  67.   Something Physical
  68.   Frantic
  69.   Mr. Torrance
  70.   Friend for a Night
  71.   Double Identity
  72.   Moonstruck
  73.   Noisy Man
  74.   16mm
  75.   Cha!
  76.   Memento
  77.   Duke
  78.   Up
  79.   Played Runner
  80.   Triple Identity
  81.   Panoramic
  82.   Kalimera
  83.   L' Armée des Ombres
  84.   Hallelujah USA
  85.   Bakerson
  86.   Dusty Boots
  87.   Trespas 06