Personally, these guys were one of the few deal sealers for me to attend Identity Festival. From Berlin, Arno Kammermeirer and Walter Merziger, have been delighting ears and moving bodies for just under a decade. Booka Shade’s music is difficult fit into a specific genre, but at its core it is dance music plain and simple. It’s minimal with hints of Techno, but straddles the line into House (often deep/progressive) at times.
Six albums deep, their most recent, “More!” gave us just that. A bit different than their previous approach, this album was “..built from the dance floor up” (Booka Shade). Their single, “Regeneration”, was a hit in clubs around the globe. Their live show is an audio-visual insight into the duo's music. While Arno takes control of percussion, Walter does his thing on synth and various midi controllers.
Booka Shade tours extensively and has shaken dance floors from hottest clubs in Europe to the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. You are in for a treat if you are able to catch them as they play a number of the Identity Festival tour dates. Look out for the DPC crew in Camden, NJ this weekend as we will be getting down to Booka Shade and a host of premier electronic dance music acts. Also, stay tuned for more IDfest Spotlights…
If you’re not completely convinced of Booka Shade’s dance inducing sound just yet, do yourself a favor and check out this fantastic DJ set from earlier this year.
(30 min Sample, Full set download below)
Booka Shade Global Dance Session 1/8/2011 (via mixing.dj)