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Booka Shade (live)
One of the biggest exports to come out of Berlin , Booka Shade are riding on the success of their forth Album , MORE! . Following a Jam packed performance at Electric Picnic this year and sellout shows all over the world this year , We are very happy to announce a pre Xmas show at Tripod this December . A huge favourite with the Dublin Crowd , Arno and Walter never miss the target with their electrifying performances .
With its 11 tracks, and 45 minute running time, 'More!' is a complete, self-contained work that is expecting to be judged, not against the latest faddy dancefloor trends, but against the other classic albums. Like Bjork's 'Debut'; Hot Chip's 'The Warning'; or even Massive Attack's 'Blue Lines', it is an album of modish electronics, strong emotions and rich melodies, which is both of, and transcends, the dancefloor.
If this is Booka Shade's definitive statement, they have, it's true, taken their time about it. Arno and Walter grew up together in Saarbruecken, and have been making music together for almost 25 years. But all that history feeds into 'More!'. Their familial love of jazz and classical music; their first synth-pop band, Planet Claire; their techno epiphany on Frankfurt's legendary club scene; their long discography of underground dance tracks, their first big crossover hit - 'Una Musica Senza Ritmo' as Degeneration; it's all here. Even their dark period working as Xenomania-style hit-makers, churning out lucrative, soul-destroying chart fodder for Germany's major labels has, likewise, shaped who they are today, whether for good or ill.
Booka Shade loved rave culture, but grew to loathe the formulaic nature of 90's dance music. Later, disillusioned and directionless, Booka Shade took the major label dollar and hated themselves for it. When, in 2002, they, M.A.N.D.Y, Peter Hayo, and then Groove Magazine editor, Thomas 'DJ T' Koch, decamped to Berlin, to form their label/ production house, Get Physical, it was a creative rebirth for all concerned. "Before that," says Arno, of their time in the pay of the majors, "we didn't give a shit. Now, every note counts."
Ironically, in Booka Shade's case that complete artistic freedom has led to them lately, outgrowing Get Physical. The Prenzlauer Berg label's HQ and studio is still their base, workspace and their spiritual home,.
Such hard business decisions are a reflection of the anticipation which surrounds 'More!'. Thanks to massive underground hits like 'Mandarine Girl', Booka Shade already have a serious cult following in clubland, where, uniquely, you'll find their tunes being spun by DJs as diverse as Tiesto and Richie Hawtin, everywhere from Manchester's Warehouse Project to Berlin's Watergate. But, increasingly, they're crossing over, too. In the last two years, their live show - Walter on a bank of synthesisers and machines; Arno drumming for his life - has seen them infiltrate festivals, like Coachella and Glastonbury, where most dance acts would fear to tread. Booka Shade are now among that select band - Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Daft Punk - who can take on rock at its own game: playing live.
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