Nov 29, 2011


Devics is a dream pop band from Los Angeles, California consisting of Sara Lov,Dustin O'Halloran, Ed Maxwell, Theodore Liscinski, and Evan Schnabel. Their music can be described as melancholic.

In 2008, Devics covered The Cure's "Catch" for the American Laundromat Recordsproduced compilation "Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure". It was recorded by Pall Jenkins of the Black Heart Procession and included performances by Scott Mercado, Jimmy LaValle, Pall Jenkins as well as Dustin O'Halloran and Sara Lov.

Nov 25, 2011


Vitalic (born as Pascal Arbez in 1976) is an electronic music artist. He was born in France and is of Italian descent. His first singles were released in 1996 and 1997, but were confined to the underground electronic music scene. He decided to make music when he heard Daft Punk’s Rollin’ & Scratchin’ in a club in his hometown Dijon. He became good friends with Michel Amato, also known as The Hacker, whom he met in the Rex, the “techno temple” of Laurent Garnier. The Hacker suggested he send his new tracks to DJ Hell, head of Gigolo records in Munich. Pascal did so, and International DeeJay Gigolo Records, released the well known Poney EP in 2001, which was a huge success shortly after its release. With the track “La Rock 01”, Vitalic created a club anthem which was a hit in the summer of 2001. The track was also included on many compilation albums, even rock compilations.

In 2005, Vitalic’s debut album, OK Cowboy was released on Different/PIAS Recordings. Pascal states that all of the instruments used in the album are synthesized. His official website states that “the only thing he can’t fake is the emotion that galvanizes his music.”
His song “Trahison” from OK Cowboy was used in the trailer for the 2007 French film Naissance des Pieuvres. His song “Poney Part 1” was featured in the Pleix film Birds.[1] It was announced by Festival Republic that Vitalic would be playing both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK in August 2009.

Vitalic’s second studio album Flashmob will be released in September 2009. The first single, “Your Disco Song” is available for streaming at Vitalic’s MySpace page.[2] He has spoken a great deal about the new disco influence on Flashmob.

Nov 21, 2011


Metric is an indie rock band formed in 1998 at Toronto, Canada and based at various times in Montreal, London, New York City and Los Angeles. The band members are Emily Haines (vocals, synthesizers),James Shaw (guitars), Josh Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key (drums). Initially Metric was a duo made up by Haines and Shaw, then in 2001 Winstead and Scott-Key joined the band. They took the name “Metric” in 1999 after a synthesizer beat that Shaw used on his sampler and as a reference to their musical precision. The group’s music encompasses elements of indie rock, new wave and dance music.

Besides Metric, Emily Haines and James Shaw also perform with Broken Social Scene. Joules Scott-Key and Joshua Winstead have their own side project, bang lime. Emily Haines released her debut albumCut In Half and Also Double in 1996 and two records under the moniker Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton: the album Knives Don’t Have Your Back in 2006 and the 6-track EP What Is Free To A Good Home? in 2007. She also has been a guest on albums by Stars, The Crystal Method, kc accidental, Delerium, The Stills and Jason Collett.

Emily Haines was born in New Delhi, India and raised since the age of 3 in Peterborough, Ontario. The daughter of poet Paul Haines grew up as a dual citizen of Canada and India. Her father would often make cassettes of rare and eclectic music for his daughter to listen to and her early influences included Carla Bley and Robert Wyatt. By her teens she followed her parents’ footsteps by attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts. There she met Amy Millan and Kevin Drew, with whom she would later collaborate in hHead. Haines and Millan briefly formed their first band around 1990 while at ESA and with songs later written and recorded while at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1992–1993, at Toronto in 1995 and at Concordia University in Montreal in 1995–1996, Haines distributed in 1996 an early effort called Cut In Half and Also Double with a limited number of copies.

James Shaw was born in the UK. He was a student at a Boston music school and was friends with Torquil Campbell, a vocalist who would later form Stars and Chris Seligman, the future synthesizer player of Stars. Torquil had plans to move to New York City and on his suggestion Shaw applied to Juilliard Music School and moved to New York with him. In 1998, Shaw and Torquil returned to Toronto, where Haines met Shaw through mutual friends in the local music scene. Shaw moved to Montreal where Haines was still living and the two worked on filling out each other’s projects. The first song made by Shaw and Haines was “Butcher” and eventually they had completed in 1998 several other tracks in their home studio, gathered on Mainstream EP, a collection of demos with an overall downtempo and electronic feel.

In the fall of 1998, Shaw moved back to New York City, this time accompanied by Haines, Campbell and Seligman. There they shared a loft in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. During their two-year stay at the loft, Haines and Shaw were erstwhile room mates with future members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and TV on the Radio.

Haines and Shaw set off to London in early 2000 and signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis Records. With the help of producer Stephen Hague, Metric worked on a new batch of New Wave/electropop drum-machine paced songs that would form the nucleus of their debut album. The effort dubbed Grow Up And Blow Away, revealed a more musically-layered and mature sound than the earlier Mainstream EP. Haines and Shaw completed the album in April 2001 and by this time had found a label for their release, Restless Records. The album was delayed for years by their record label.

The band performed in New York in early Spring and late Summer 2001, personally circulating handmade CD-R copies of their unreleased music to fans at shows and by mail, eventually giving the music away for free on the internet. Metric at the time was for the most part a studio band and live shows approximated the synthesizer-centered and drum-machine driven sound of the recordings. In the same year they issued a 5-track EP entitled Static Anonymity and two promo singles: “Grow Up and Blow Away” and “Raw Sugar”.

In the winter of 2001, Metric had gained two new bandmates: the drummer Joules Scott-Key (born in Flint, Michigan) and the bass player Joshua Winstead. Joules Scott-Key was attending college in Texas was in town with his friend Joshua Winstead performing in the local music scene. Scott-Key and Winstead had known each other for about a decade and they met Shaw and Haines at the Brooklyn loft and at local performances.

On 2 September 2003, Metric released their first official studio album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? on Last Gang Records. The album was received with positive reviews and it has gone gold in Canada. They released 3 singles from the album: “Combat Baby” (6 December 2004), “Succexy” (2004) and “Dead Disco” (2004). The song “Combat Baby” appeared in the music game Rock Band 3.

On 27 September 2005, the band released their second studio album,Live It Out on Last Gang Records. The album was well received and has since gone twice platinum in Canada, selling over 200,000 units. They issued 4 singles: “Monster Hospital” (7 August 2006; #1 CAN, #55 UK), “Poster Of A Girl” (15 May 2006; #3 CAN), “Handshakes” (promo only; #17 CAN) and “Empty” (12 February 2007). During this time, Metric was approached by and agreed to open for The Rolling Stones whose tour coincided with theirs in New York City. The band has toured the world extensively for several years playing concerts in UK, France, Germany, Iceland, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Holland, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, United States, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan.

On 26 June 2007, Last Gang Records released Metric’s 2001 albumGrow Up and Blow Away, after purchasing the rights to the album from band’s previous label. In 2007 they released a live EP entitled Live At Metropolis followed a year later by a DVD with the same name featuring a concert recorded from Montreal.

On 7 April 2009, Metric released their fourth album Fantasies on their own label, Metric Music International. In the US it debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers and peaked at #76 on the Billboard 200, in Canada it debuted at #13 on the Canadian Albums Chart and peaked at #6 and in Australia, the album debuted at #48. The album received mostly positive reviews and it’s their most successful record to date. They released 5 singles: “Help I’m Alive” (23 December 2008 Canada, 1 January 2010 worldwide; #21 CAN, #17 US Alt. Songs, #29 US Rock Songs), “Front Row” (promo only, 12 March 2009; #65 CAN), “Gimme Sympathy” (radio promo, 12 March 2009; #52 CAN), “Sick Muse” (1 June 2009) and “Gold Guns Girls” (promo only, December 2009). listed Fantasies in eleventh in its “Best Albums of 2009” list. This album was a shortlisted nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize and also won two Casby Awards, the NXNE favourite new indie release award and favourite new album award. On 18 April 2010, the album won the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2010 Awards, as well as the band winning Group of the Year.

On 27 October 2009, Metric released a 5-track EP called Plug In Plug Out containing acoustic versions of five songs from Fantasies. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Metric, along with several other Canadian music acts, came together in Vancouver to re-record K’Naan’s song “Wavin’ Flag” to benefit Haiti in a movement called Young Artists for Haiti.

In 2010, the band contributed to Twilight: Eclipse movie soundtrack with a song entitled “Eclipse (All Yours)”. In the same year, a previously unreleased song “Black Sheep” was used on the soundtrack of the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2011, Metric issued the live EP iTunes Session.

Official site:

Nov 17, 2011


Phantogram is a trip-hop/psych-pop duo which formed in 2007 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA and consists of Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter(guitar, vocals). Their music can be described as a culmination of unique street beat rhythms, psychedelic melodies and organic textures. The band practices and writes music in an out-of-town farm called Harmony Lodge. The group name was inspired by the optical illusion called phantogram.

Barthel and Carter were friends since junior high school. Barthel pursued a visual arts degree while Carter formed the experimental band Grand Habit. In the summer of 2007 they reunited and worked on finishing some beat ideas Carter made earlier. The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records. When they signed to BBE Records they changed the name to Phantogram, to avoid legal issues.

In March 2009, they self-released a five song EP, Phantogram EP, which featured four songs that ended up being on the full length. In the same year they released another EP, Running from the Cops on BBE Records.

The band’s debut album Eyelid Movies was released in September 2009, on BBE Records in Europe, and in February 2010, on Barsuk Records in the US. The album received generally favorable reviews. The singles “Mouthful of Diamonds”, “When I’m Small” and “As Fas As I Can See” supported the album.

Phantogram have supported acts such as Metric, The xx, J-Live, Brazilian Girls and have toured with The Slip, Zero 7 and Minus the Bear.

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter were inspired by artists like J Dilla, Serge Gainsbourg, My Bloody Valentine, Madlib, Sonic Youth, The Beatles and David Bowie.

In 1 November 2011, the band issued the EP Nightlife. This EP includes the single “Don’t Move”.

Official site:

Nov 13, 2011


Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (born January 2, 1986) is a trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Troy Andrews is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews . Growing up in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, “Trombone Shorty” was participating in brass band parades as a child, carrying his trombone even before his arms were long enough to reach all the positions of the slide. Andrews was a bandleader by the age of 6. Originally attracting attention for his youth, by his teens he was attracting attention for his musical virtuosity as well.

He attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). And as a graduate he joined the ranks of others like Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Irvin Mayfield and Nicholas Payton.

In 2005, he was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section for a world tour that shared billing with acts such as Aerosmith.

Six weeks after the levees failed in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, some of the city’s greatest musicians came to Austin, Texas, to record a benefit CD called Sing Me Back Home at Wire Studios with producers Leo Sacks and Ray Bardani. With their lives in storm-tossed transition, the all-star collective was christened The New Orleans Social Club. Andrews was the featured guest on “Hey Troy, Your Mama’s Calling You,” a tribute to “Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Calling You” which was a Latin-jazz-soul hit for the Jimmy Castor Bunch on Smash Records in 1966. Andrews also performed on “Where Y’At” as part of The Sixth Ward All-Star Brass Band Revue featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers.

In London, during the summer of 2006, Andrews began working with producer Bob Ezrin and U2 at Abbey Road Studios. This association led to Andrews performing with U2 and Green Day during the re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome for the NFL’s Monday Night Football pre-game show.

To wrap up 2006, Andrews appeared on the NBC television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Leading a group of New Orleans musicians, he performed the holiday classic “O Holy Night” which drew such an enthusiastic response from viewers that NBC released the single for free download on their web site.

Kicking off 2007, New Orleans’ premier music magazine, Offbeat, named Andrews their Performer of the Year. He also garnered honors as Best Contemporary Jazz Performer.

As of 2009, his current project is Orleans Avenue, a funk/pop/hip-hop mix including musicians Mike Ballard on bass, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, Clarence “Trixzéy” Slaughter on tenor sax, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, and Dwayne “Big D” Williams on percussion.

Nov 11, 2011


Fritz Kalkbrenner, brother of the Berlin-based Paul Kalkbrenner, grew up in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg, which is full of projects, sadness and desolation. It’s the nineties – nothing to do but lots to fuck up. And for most of the people from that time and that corner of the world there is nothing more important than first of all: hanging around, killing time and second: music, music, music.

Month by month Fritz spent all of his little pocket money on spray cans and dusty old hiphop vinyls, eg. Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-ONE and Wu-Tang Clan. And for having a soft spot for those old hiphop artists, his brother Paul and buddy Sascha Funke kept making fun of him… over and over again. Because Paul and Sascha were already infected by the techno virus, Fritz – the late bloomer in the crew – shall follow the lead some day.

From his brother Paul and Sascha’s point of view, ’97 was the time when they’ve decided to smuggle Fritz into the legendary Berlin club Suicide Circus. The result was that Fritz couldn’t let go from the tech house music, not that he wanted to anyway. The time has come for Fritz to party it up in clubs like WMF, Discount, Tresor and Matrix. He’s having a good time while sucking in all of the new impressions. It wasn’t too long after that when Fritz started his own productions with leftover equipment from his brother Paul. But every lifestyle and action has its price, and Fritz’s was failing his high school diploma and dropping out.

Having to choose at that point what his future in music might be, he decides to turn his second passion into a profession. As a cultural and music journalist, he worked since 2002 for various TV stations such as ARD, MTV and the Deutsche Welle. But the artist life kept haunting him and one year later he teamed up with Sascha Funke to perform a track as a vocalist on Sascha’s debut album “Bravo”. The first single from Sascha’s abum is the result and “Forms and Shapes” becomes one of the essential tracks that summer.

Fritz keeps building his reputation as a singer by collaborating with Zky, Alexander Kowalski and Monika Kruse. Besides that he was working on his own production skills, always looking for his very own sound. Then, in autumn 2008, “Sky and Sand” is released, a musical family reunion with his brother Paul, which raised the feeling from the first day on that this could be a big one. And it was. “Sky and Sand” didn’t just become an underground anthem, but also reached peak in many European chart positions.

It’s 2009 and the next chapter is ready to start. While Fritz is touring the clubs with his intense live act, Chopstick & Johnjon could convince him (it’s still unknown how they did it…) to sign on to their label SUOL, where he has released two EPs and numerous collaborations so far. His full length album “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow“ was released on SUOL in October 2010

Nov 9, 2011


Following the smashing success of “The JuJu Orchestra”,
the creative team around Oliver Belz has come up with the next step…

A delicious clash of SOUL, JAZZ and LATIN with that unique vintage feel.
So what do you expect from one of the brains behind the Juju’s brilliant ‘BOSSA NOVA IS NOT A CRIME’ ? … Well you’ll get an impressive demonstration of the latest defining of superb dancefloor-jazz which makes this music welcome to DJ’s worldwide. 

“RHYTHM IS WHAT MAKES JAZZ JAZZ” the long awaited debut-album with great vocal co-op’s like charming ISABELLE ANTENA/Nouvelle Vague, exciting PAT APPLETON/DePhazz, new Freestyle signing MALENA and the incredible voice from Vienna Mrs. BELLA WAGNER.

The massive appearance on playlists around the globe - from radio stations as well as established clubs - gave kudos to the producers.

Nov 7, 2011


After moving to Berlin in the mid 90’s, Michael Vater a.k.a Phonique was on the go like few others in Berlin. His successful parties and club nights got much love and paved him the way to become one the nice guys in Berlin’s nightlife. First he only organized parties, after a while he started to DJ himself: “DJ Phonique” was born. 

Since January ‘98, Phonique continued to bring previously lesser known DJs and producers to Berlin for his club nights and parties, presenting many strong nights with DJs like Glen Gunner (Street Corner Symphony/Block 16), Lil Tony (Nu Spirit Helsinki/Guidance), Alexkid (F-Com/Ovum), Llorca (F-Com/Brique Rouge), Joakim (Tigersushi) or Ivan Smagghe (Blackstrobe/Volga Select).

In the meantime, Phonique continued to develop his “freestyle” profile. His guests were treated to a splendid mix from Hip-Hop via Breakbeats to Old School and Drum‘n’Bass. Just about anything was possible in between, as long as the tracks had the necessary “type of groove”. He invited DJs like LTJ Bukem, Richard Dorfmeister and many more.

As thanks for all his efforts, Phonique was voted one of Berlin’s 5 most loved DJs in Prinz magazine’s poll of 2000, along with major producers and DJs such as Paul van Dyk, Westbam and Jazzanova.

Traveling the world and playing clubs in Sao Paulo, Helsinki, Paris, London, Marseille, Vienna, Brussels, San Francisco, Prague, Tel Aviv, just to name a few destinations, Phonique never forgot his Berlin base. Just like his residencies at Tresor and Pfefferbank (among others), where he brought his ‘Club Paris’ evening to life, with guests like Pepe Bradock, DJ Deep, Jori Hulkkonen and I:Cube. 

From time to time Phonique, together with his partner Kiki, presented their QuadroPhoniquekikz’ on four turntables, eventually releasing their first ‘QuadroPhoniquekikz’ mix-CD in 2002 on Komfort Musik. 

Due to his releases on Intim Recordings in 2002 he also played a monthly residency with label head Martin Landsky at Sternradio. Since then Phonique appeared regularly at the clubs of the ‘No Ufos’ crew, either at Sternradio or Polar-TV.

His first two 12” were released on Martin Landsky’s Intim Recordings, and from then on Phonique released on labels like Komfort Musik (Berlin), Seasons (USA), Brique Rouge (Paris) and Crosstown Rebels (London), but mainly on Steve Bug’s own Poker Flat and Dessous.

His first remix (for Doctorolive) was released on French label Bazoline. After remixes for Frankman (Draft/Fm), Soulcamp (Soulcamp), Le Tone (Naive), Funky Transport (Brique Rouge), Tonic Agents (Highgrade), Detroit Grand Pubahs (Poker Flat) and Erlend Oye (!K7) he even remixed Germany’s pop phenomena “Rosenstolz” - last minute, finished within only one day due to overnight demand by a major record company…

Recently Phonique asserted his recognition as one of the high profile remixing artists in the dance world, letting Morcheeba’s former vocalist benefit from his talents on a remix of her upcoming solo project “Skye” (Atlantic/ Warner). 

Besides Phonique’s remixing talents and DJing with vinyl and CDs, he also started to edit tracks so they made more sense for his DJ-sets. When Jazzanova found out about this, they asked him to do some for their own use. So Phonique worked out some edits, partly with his buddy Dixon. Edits for Georg Levin and DJ Spinna, remixes for Georg Levin and Sirius Mo even got released on Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv label.

2004 then was a very successful year for Phonique.

His second 12” on Dessous “The Red Dress” climbed on top of the official German Club Charts (DCC), “The Red Dress” became one of the hottest tracks being played by almost every tastemaking DJ in Europe. He worked on Erlend Oye’s incredibly successful DJ-Kicks (!K7) in technicals, mixing and consulting and actually played several tour dates with Erlend all across Europe.

In Autumn 2004 then his debut album “Identification” for Dessous was released, featuring collaborations with Paris The Black Fu, Erlend Oye, Alexander East (Minneapolis), Ian Whitelaw (Glasgow) and Dixon (Sonar Kollektiv). With amazing international feedback, even a number one chart entry on Itunes’ dance download charts it turned out to be Phonique’s breakthrough success. 

Massive Video play on German MTV’s renowned “Spin” and on Viva Plus of “For The Time Being” with Erlend Oye took his popularity to another level. The 12” release “99 & a half” feat. Alexander East featured one of the best I:Cube remixes in recent days and went to become a club hit immediately. The album track “You, That I’m With” feat. Jan Whitelaw was licensed to South Africa even pre-release, where Ian Whitelwa’s last track (with Alexkid ) had also been the club hit of 2003/4. 

Also the single “For The Time Being” with remixes by Alexkid and Motorcity Soul received massive positive feedback, followed by a remix by Sasse (Moodmusic), even leading to a future collaboration with Rodney Hunter (G-Stone) as they found out that their creativity combined would go beyond the framework of a remix and demanded proper recognition, as on a track for the next album.

Even for Sven Väth “Identification” was a highlight, thus he asked Phonique for an exclusive track for legendary “Cocoon Compilation E” among DJ Hell and Sven Väth himslef.

With the closing of Tresor in 2005 Phonique lost one of his favorite residencies, playing the Bonito House Club once a month. Since his very first Tresor Wednesday night gig of February ‘99, he was fired up about the 600-1400 people crowd that would not stop dancing up until late Thursday morning….

Since Berlin’s nightlife is subject to rapid change, Phonique’s residences change alike. Currently you can meet him mainly at Weekend, F.U.N. Crew’s incredible venue with a view over all of downtown Berlin at Alexanderplatz. Their second compilation on Fine/ Four Music will be supported by Phonique’s track ‘’Bee”. Even though release is not expected before early 2006, the track already gets massive support by tastemakers like Trevor Jackson (Output) and M.A.N.D.Y (Get Physical). 

Phonique mostly works with Alex Krüger (Dub Taylor / Korsakow / Tigerskin) for his productions/remixes, but from time to time he is cooperating with other artists or musicians like Steve Bug, David Duriez & Phil Weeks, Martin Landsky or Meitz.

Right now, besides playing a busy tour schedule from Tokyo to St.Petersburg and everywhere in between, Phonique is working on the follow up to groundbreaking “Identification”, to be expected in spring 

2006. Already being recognized internationally as one of the leading forces behind deep and forward thinking club music and commercial productions alike, this one will take it to the next level.

Nov 6, 2011


Kasper Bjørke and Tomas Barfod

Short description
Danish electronica/house-producing team.
Known for their tracks “I Want You”, and “You & I” with vocals by Pernille Rosendahl.

Exciting Comfort, 2001
Deeply Superficial, 2002
Into The Wasteland, 2006
Faces, 2011

Nov 3, 2011


Even by Booka Shade’s unusually frenetic standards, the past 12 months have been intense. Since the release of their fourth album, ‘More!’, the Berlin-based duo, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger, have been touring almost non-stop. And loving every minute of it.

Personal highlights, such as performing live on BBC Radio 1, to help celebrate legendary radio DJ Annie Nightingale’s 40th broadcasting anniversary, or rocking Europe’s foremost electronic music event, Sonar, capped a whirlwind year which included tours of Australia, Brazil, the UK and the US (including a show at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks amphitheatre).

One of those rare electronic music acts who channel the spirit and sounds of underground techno, but who can rock any festival crowd, Booka Shade, increasingly, find themselves winning over new fans across the rock and dance music tribes. Late last year, for instance, as they prepared for a winter tour of Australia - with the mixed rock ‘n’ dance festival, Big Day Out - Booka Shade were voted one of the world’s Top 5 live acts by the cutting-edge electronic music hub, Resident Advisor. That perfectly illustrates how, in 2011, they transcend borders and genres. 

In a way, that broad appeal is no surprise. Yes, Booka Shade make dance music, but it is dance music which audibly absorbs influences from everywhere: classical, rock, jazz, dubstep. Throughout their 25 years making music together, Arno and Walter have found it impossible to restrict themselves to one set sound or scene. 

Early on, back in their native Saarbruecken, they made electronic-pop, as Planet Claire, later - having been seduced by Frankfurt’s then vibrant club scene - they released numerous underground dance tracks, including the huge crossover hit, ‘Una Musica Senza Ritmo’, as Degeneration. 

By the mid 1990s, bored with formulaic club music, they decided to start working as movie soundtrack composers and (rather bizarrely) producers-for-hire, writing pop hits for German major labels. That turned out to be a rather depressing period, musically. One they would sooner forget. 

Indeed, it wasn’t until 2002, when Booka Shade moved to Berlin and formed the label/ production house, Get Physical Music - with M.A.N.D.Y and the then Groove Magazine editor, Thomas ‘DJ T’ Koch - that Arno and Walter finally felt that they had total musical freedom. It was a creative rebirth. “Before,” says Arno, of their time as pop producers, “we didn’t give a shit. Now, every note counts.”

The story since then is one that many of you will know. Under Booka Shade´s production aegis, Get Physical became one of modern Berlin’s key dance music labels, while, on their own artist albums, ‘Memento‘, ‘Movements’, ‘The Sun & The Neon Light‘ and most recently ‘More!’. They also became highly sought after remixers, lending their production magic to respected artists such as; Depeche Mode, Moby, Yello, Hot Chip, Roxy Music, Kings Of Leon, Tiga, Dave Gahan and The Knife. Booka Shade had developed a uniquely melodic and emotionally rich brand of contemporary techno. This was club music, but club music built to last. 

“This sounds basic, but it’s all about expressing how you feel, your personality,” says Arno. “Anybody can produce a nice, functional club track, but to produce something personal - music that is the essence of who you are - that is much more difficult. And it gets more difficult the further we go with Booka Shade.”

Walter, the production brains of the outfit, nods: “We’ve produced thousands of tracks together. By now, we have an almost psychic musical connection. But we’re still constantly interrogating what we do. Is it fresh? Is it different? When you stop questioning your work, it’s time to give up.”

It was this constant questioning, which, with ‘More!’, led Booka Shade to rethink their approach. In contrast to previous albums, it was built from the dance floor up. Every track, from the pixelated ear-worm, ‘Donut’, to that ethereal rave anthem, ‘Regeneration’ (which reached No.2 in the Beatport chart), started out as a killer club groove which Arno and Walter then worked around. It received reams of positive press and an iTunes Top 20 chart placing, but, finally, it is time to draw that era to a close. Fourth single, ’Scaramanga’, released in May 2011, will be the last salvo from the ‘More!’ sessions.

It’s a fresh start for Booka Shade in other areas, too. After almost 10 years, Arno, Walter and DJ T recently handed over control of Get Physical to their co-founders Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer (aka M.A.N.D.Y)and Peter Hayo. Rest assured: there was no drama. No falling out. And Arno and Walter are still making music with M.A.N.D.Y (check the new DJ-mix ‘Body Language Vol.10’ for a preview of their latest collaboration, ‘Home’). 

Elsewhere, look out for fresh dates in Asia, Europe and the US, and, of course, a host of Booka Shade festival appearances through summer 2011.