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Vertigo

Booka Shade

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Album Review

A proper album rather than a collection of single sides and remixes in the usual house music tradition, Booka Shade's full-length debut has the shapely flow of one long composition. After the two previously released singles that open the album, "Vertigo" and "Double Identity," the album settles into a leisurely flow that incorporates a handful of relatively brief, melodic interludes that function as breathers between the electronic throb of key tracks like "S.T.A.R.R.Z." and "Something Physical." At album's end, the nearly ambient neo-psychedelia of "Moonstruck" (which includes a string sample oddly reminiscent of the hook from the Flaming Lips' "Race for the Prize") caps the record with an intriguingly experimental coda.

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

From their techy, trancey beginnings to their more mature post-millennial work that incorporated pop, ambient, electro, techno, and funk influences, Frankfurt, Germany house duo Booka Shade maintained an elegance of style that owed little to whatever current dance music trends were on the scene. However, before they were Booka Shade, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger had an early-'90s synth pop duo called Planet Claire, which in the tradition of Underworld and Ministry mutated into something very...
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