BOOKA SHADE MOVEMENTS – REMIXES
German techno duo Booka Shade revisit their decade old classic album Movement as remixes. Much to enjoy from the remixers, including Nils Frahm, M.A.N.D.Y and Dennis Ferrer.
Booka Shade are Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier. Movements (2006) was their second and probably best album. Whilst the original album has been remastered I thought we’d focus on the remixes commissioned to accompany the re-release.
The album opens with In White Rooms remixed by Jonas Rathsman. A great way to start with swirling techno sounds every bit as good as the original. This is followed by Nil Framh’s remix of Night Falls (previously here). The remix is a bit sturdier than some of Frahms’ more wispy moments. It keeps a solid back beat and goes for a slightly droney, trippy feel. Great remix.
Mandarine Girl gets two remixes – Eats Everything and Deetron. Eats Everything goes for a minimal 3am feel, which sounds sadly uninspired. Deetron adds a bit of echoey drama to the proceedings but everything’s too dark.
Dennis Ferrer gets us partially on track with Lost High which is given a buzzy slightly experimental and rakish air. Wasting Time is taken to space techno places in the M.A.N.D.Y remix.
Lost High gets a further remix from Andhim. This is another album highlight. A gentle techno track with a soft yet uplifting synth line to whisk you along. The album closes with Chi Thanh’s 80s style remix of Body Language and right good it is too.
The album’s not perfect – what remix album is? But with source material that good it can’t really fail to contain some gems.
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Available on Boxset, 2LP, 2CD or digital. Out Oct 14 2016
To mark its 10th anniversary Booka Shade release an expanded re-issue of the era-defining and career-kickstarting LP Movements. 10 exclusive remixes from electronic music’s finest artists including Nils Frahm, Jonas Rathsman, Deetron, Eats Everything, Dennis Ferrer, Patrick Topping, M.A.N.D.Y, Andhim, Hunter Game and Chi Thanh of classic singles including “Night Falls”, “Mandarine Girl”, “Lost High”, “In White Rooms”, “Wasting Time”, and of course, “Body Language” will feature alongside the 2016 re-master of the original album.