Aural History

Booka Shade

As Booka Shade will be our super-special guests on 7th March, we're taking a look back at their substantial musical output.

As Booka Shade will be our super-special guests on 7th March with Paul Woolford and Octave One, we're taking a look back at their substantial musical output

German duo, Booka Shade, began life as a synth-pop outfit before graduating to dance music and taking the world by storm. Now, 20 years from their first release, they're regarded as one of the biggest production teams in Europe. 

With releases on R&S, Harthouse and their own, Get Physical, label along with an Essential Mix and seven full lengths under their belt, it's with great excitement we announced them as special guests in support of Paul Woolford at Ministry on 7th March.

Booka Shade - "Kind of Good"

Their first official release under the Booka Shade name, a staggering twenty years old this year. The pounding acid lines and techno beat are a bit of a departure from their later, more recognisable work, but the trademark Booka Shade production polish is already in full effect.

Moby - "Dream About Me" (Booka Shade Remix)

The first official remix from Merziger and Kammermeier came from 90's favourite Moby's "Dream About Me". The slow burner takes the original's vocals and layers it over a sprawling beat and an almost disco-like baseline.

M.A.N.D.Y. Vs Booka Shade - "Body Language"

"Body Language" was the first of many team-ups between Booka Shade and their Get Physical co-owners M.A.N.D.Y. The resulting track is probably one of the most instantly recognisable dance tracks of the 00s and those bassy chimes would go on to define Movements era Booka Shade.

Booka Shade - "In White Rooms"

One of the darker, more intense tracks to come out of Movements. While most of the others were suited to the warm-up or wind-down, this was straight up dancefloor fare.

Booka Shade - "Night Falls"

This has got to be it - the most iconic Booka Shade track of the lot. As soon as you hear those crickets, you know what's coming next: "Dum! Dum-Dum! Dum! Dum!"

DJ T Vs Booka Shade - "Played Runner"

The third and final member of the Get Physical family, DJ T finally made it onto a Booka Shade production, with 2006's "Played Runner".

Booka Shade - "Charlotte"

The first single from 2008 full length The Sun And The Neon Light, "Charlotte" is a minimal anthem and is one of the tracks that helped propel Booka Shade into even dizzier heights.

Booka Shade - "Love Inc"

Lead single from 2013's return to form Eve. Booka Shade had been in the wilderness for a little while, after 2010's More! failed to make the impact of Movements or The Sun and the Neon Light. Eve and "Love Inc" in particular, proved they were still masters of their game.

Booka Shade - "Love Drug" (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

Second single from Eve and - somewhat surprisingly - Booka Shade's most popular song on Spotify, "Love Drug" is a spiralling club banger, taken even deeper by the skilled hands of Maya Jane Coles.

Gorgon City - "Go All Night" Feat. Jennifer Hudson (Booka Shade Remix)

Last year Booka Shade were back in the remixing seat, with high profile re-imaginings of Digitalism and one of the year's biggest breakthroughs, Gorgon City.

Booka Shade will be special guests for Paul Woolford on Saturday 7th March at Ministry of Sound.

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