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