Berlin-based producers and live act Booka Shade have been at the forefront of contemporary dance music ever since their classic singles “Body Language” (with M.A.N.D.Y.) and “Mandarine Girl”, and together with the label they co-run, Get Physical, they have conquered the clubbing underground, then Ibiza, then the world.
Three years later, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger show no signs of slowing down: in the year gone by, the duo completed their mammoth Movements world tour (which took in close to 150 shows over the course of 20 months, and sealed their reputation as one of the world’s most exciting and energetic electronic live acts), releasing the 12”s Tickle / Karma Car and Numbers, both international radio and club hits, along the way. The latter was plucked from Booka Shade’s first mix CD, for the DJ Kicks series, which was widely acclaimed and chosen both as DJ Magazine’s compilation of the year and Mixmag’s #2. The band released two remixes, of Dave Gahan’s “Kingdom” and Dubfire’s “I Feel Speed”, which topped DJ charts all over the world.
At the forefront of contemporary dance music
This year has been another huge and hectic one for Booka Shade: in February they released the Movements Tour Edition, which comprised the original 2006 hit album Movements together with a new live DVD, We Came To Dance, featuring a live show filmed at Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival last year, a revealing tour documentary and bonus tracks. The band then unveiled a brand new studio album, their third to date, in May, The Sun & The Neon Light.
Garnering massive props for both their original studio work and their live performances, Booka Shade have also become in-demand remixers, lending their production magic to the likes of Moby, The Juan McLean, Yello, Hot Chip, Depeche Mode, Roxy Music, Dubfire, Tiga, Dave Gahan and The Knife.
At the end of 2006 the UK’s leading electronic music website, Resident Advisor, crowned Booka Shade ‘Best Live Act’ as well as awarding them with the title of ‘Best Album’ for their second LP, Movements. The album was released in May 2006 and featured the massive club hits “Mandarine Girl” and “Body Language”, alongside new club anthems “Night Falls” and “In White Rooms”. These tracks were among last year’s biggest dance tunes, and “In White Rooms” and “Night Falls” were the two top-selling EPs for worldwide vinyl distributor Intergroove in 2006. Pitchfork listed “In White Rooms” among the best songs of the year, while closer to home, Germany’s ME Sounds ranked 2004’s “Vertigo” amongst the “most important songs of all time”.
A showcase of the band’s musical depth and versatility
A showcase of the band’s musical depth and versatility, Movements was highly praised by US mag XLR8R: they championed it as one of the top 100 albums not just of the year, but of all time. Meanwhile, the Movements tour saw Walter and Arno perform and win over crowd after crowd at clubs and festivals around Europe, Australia, North and South America. They have captivated and conquered diverse audiences from The Montreux Jazz Festival to the Virgin Rock Festival and Detroit Electronic Music Festival.