Review: The latest release on Hot Since 82's label comes from German duo Booka Shade. On this occasion, the pioneers of the 'trance house' sound turn the controls over to the remixers - with excellent results. French producer Olivier Mateu, aka Rodriguez Jr is best known for his releases on Mobilee and follows a similar approach to that work here. A pulsing, hypnotic groove and crisp drums provide the backdrop for a velvety vocal that rises like plumes of smoke over the arrangement. At the other end of the spectrum is the Denneyas ERD remix. More steely and driving, it still features evocative vocal lines like 'I tremble, you falter', but these breathy niceties are aligned to detuned but catchy hooks that recall Booka Shade's own sound.
Review: To celebrate ten years since the release of their classic album, Booka Shade announce Movements 10. The German duo comprised of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier are known for the seminal minimal and electro-house cuts over the mid to late noughties that defined a sub-genre, alongside their Get Physical alumni M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T. Timeless classics they're responsible for, such as "Body Language", In White Rooms" and "Mandarine Girl" are all here and remastered for your listening pleasure. Not to mention a collection of fine remixes by a who's who in the current tech house climate. Our favourites weren't limited to: "Lost High" remixed by NYC legend Dennis Ferrer, Swiss hi-tech soul merchant Deetron delivering an absolutely infectious rendition of the aforementioned "Mandarine Girl" and Geordie producer Patrick Topping delivering a very 2016 style makeover of "Night Falls"
Review: Celebrated German House music legends Booka Shade are back with a bit of help from American expat in Berlin Chelonis R Jones on the Blackout Ep. Expect bouncy, slinky, late night tech house that Is heard on the title track and the adrenaline fueled grit of "Glory Box" while "Karrera" is definitely the more uplifting and positive of the bunch.
Cut The Strings (feat Troels Abrahamsen - Chi Thanh remix) - (6:30) 124 BPM
Confessions (Underher remix) - (6:57) 115 BPM
Cut The Strings (feat Troels Abrahamsen - Nowhere People & Oliver Klostermann remix) - (6:42) 123 BPM
Night Surfing (Booka Shade Rework) - (6:29) 124 BPM
Review: Following up the first volume of remixes of their terrific new LP Cut The Strings, Berlin tech house heroes Booka Shade are not resting on their laurels and they're serving up another collection of renditions on their Blaufield imprint. Rising British star Bontan (Circus/Crosstown Rebels) delivers an absolutely electrifying rendition of "Confession" featuring the most razor sharp arpeggio you will hear this year, label staple Chi Thanh gives us a deeply emotive perspective of "Cut The Strings" (feat Troels Abrahamsen) but trust Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier themselves to provide the EP's highlight: in the form of their hypnotic remix of "Night Surfing" (Booka Shade Rework) which is absolutely wonderful.
Black Crystal (Wes Wieland remix) - (7:06) 127 BPM
Easy Drifter (Claude VonStroke Radio mix) - (4:44) 125 BPM
Review: Berlin tech-house heroes Booka Shade are back on their beloved Blaufield Music, which offers the second remix package after the success of the critically acclaimed Cut The Strings LP - which dropped earlier this year. The duo have approached more fellow artists to provide their own interpretations of the album. The inimitable Claude Vonstroke of the legendary Dirtybird serves up a full length mix of "Easy Drifter" which is as bombastic as you'd expect from the man, but graceful at the same time - in the way that it retains all the evocative qualities of the original and it's a fine effort indeed. By comparison, underground stalwart Yousef 's Circus Rework of "Tyrell" is a sombre and paranoid excursion through minimal house, that's more suited to a Sunday morning afterhour. Finally, they save the best for last with the adrenalised peak time stomper "Black Crystal" remixed by rising Berliner Wes Wieland. This will appeal to fans of nefarious main room missives on labels like Suara or Senso Sounds.
Review: Berlin tech house heroes Booka Shade deliver their new EP for John Digweed's Bedrock imprint this November, featuring three electrifying cuts. The Blaufield Music founders Booka Shade have long been respected figures in the contemporary electronic music scene, having racked up a handful of crossover cuts amongst their regular output aimed towards more underground realms - here we see them focusing on the latter. "Rosebud" sees them employ their idiosyncratic style of melodic and emotional groove, while the hypnotic and entracing "Lust 2.1" allows for more introverted moments under the strobelight. Finally, they lunge straight for the jugular on the moody and epic dancefloor drama of "Velvet".
Review: The Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier aka Booka Shade return to Bedrock to unveil their second EP for John Digweed's imprint. Following up last year's Rosebud EP., the Get Physical staples and Blauefield Music bosses open this new EP with the moody yet evocative dancefloor drama of "Understanding" complimented by some passionate female vocals. This is followed by the slinky and hypnotising tech house cut "Somus" powered by its ethereal melody and razor sharp bassline. Ending with the powerful peak time cut "Retox" with its adrenalised arpeggio that takes it all the way home.
Review: Following releases from 8Kays, Pongo and Moonwalk, electronic music legends and pioneers of the scene Booka Shade return to their Blaufield Music label with a new single! Still full of progression and that undeniable melancholic, uplifting streak of trance that runs through their music; melodies, overtones and underlays converge in the subdued epic "Acid Brain". "Red Medina" reduces itself to a bassline house number perfect for the Ibiza dancefloor or setting the scene for the duo's next smoke filled, laser lit arena. Booka Shade bounce back.