Label: Get Physical Music
Source: WEB (iTunes)
Release date: Dec-12-2008
Quality: 256 kbps
Size: ~102 MB
Style: Techno / Minimal / Downtempo
01. Outskirts (Trentemoller Remix)
02. Solo City
03. Night Falls (Larry Gold's 'Night Falls Over Philly' String Version)
04. Outskirts (Cinematic Shades Edit)
05. Hallelujah USA
06. Moonstruck (Cinematic Shades Edit)
07. Paper Plane
08. Vertigo (Cinematic Shades Edit)
09. At The Window (Cinematic Shades Edit)
10. Lost High (Cinematic Shades Edit)
12. The Sun & The Neon Light
13. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me (J's Lullaby)
It's been a busy year for Booka Shade - not only have they released their third album to date, The Sun & The Neon Light, and toured it extensively around the globe; Get Physical, the label which they founded with M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T., just put out its 100th release. Next year will see them begin working on brand new material, but in the meantime the Berlin-based duo of Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger have put together a compilation entitled Cinematic Shades: The Slow Songs.
Although they remain best known for tubthumping dancefloor anthems like 'In White Rooms' and 'Mandarine Girl', there's always been a drama and a sweep to Booka Shade productions that is unmistakably...soundtracky (for want of a better word). And some of the best productions of their career - from the string-laden Neon Light opener 'Outskirts' to the crunchy disco of 2004's 'Vertigo' - have a decidedly melancholic undertow which is a million miles from the euphoric whamming and bamming of their live shows. It's this cinematic, less dancefloor-oriented sound which the duo celebrate on the digital-only Cinematic Shades, mixing up special edits of slower tracks cherry-picked from their 13 year oeuvre with a couple of remixes (Trentemoller's previously unreleased version of 'Outskirts', Larry Gold's 'Night Falls' string instrumental) and one new track, 'Paper Plane'.
We caught up with Booka Shade's Arno to discuss the genesis of Cinematic Shades...
There's always been a vaguely cinematic side to Booka Shade's music, right?
"Ever since the first album, especially on the first album, we’ve always made tracks that are atmospheric, what you might call cinematic. Intimate, almost claustrophobic music...It’s always been an important thing for us, making this kind of music – I think it stems from when Walter and I used to do a lot of soundtrack work for TV and films, most of it pre-Booka Shade, in the 90s and early 00s."
What prompted you to put together this compilation now?
...read full interview here
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