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