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