Exclusive Premiere: Booka Shade Works Out Space Disco Vibes on 'Line of Fire'
It's a little hard to believe that German production duo Booka Shade, a.k.a. Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, used to be in a synth-pop duo called Planet Claire in the early '90s before making the trance-ition to more of a club-focused drive. Within their darkly throbbing 4/4 are flashes of their old pop sensibilities in melodies or vocal cues, or bits of experimentation like the space disco bop that opens "Line of Fire," the title track off their new EP (due Nov. 10 on Beatport and Dec. 5 on iTunes via Embassy One/Baufield).
Of the track, Merziger and Kammermeier tell Billboard, “All three tracks of the Line Of Fire EP have been on heavy rotation during our DJ sets this summer. The title track, for example, premiered at Creamfields UK with great success. The atmosphere of 'Back To Monza' reminds us very much of the late night vibe at Club Monza in Frankfurt in the early 2000s, where the sound of the first Get Physical [Booka Shade's imprint] releases was defined. As well as in the DJ sets, 'Right On Track' will be featured in our upcoming live shows. with the help of the crowd we expect serious dance floor damage!”
"Line of Fire" grinds at a breakneck pace toward siren-like squeals and crunches, closing out with on the same sounds with which it began, just in time for Booka Shade's appearance at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for the borough's Electronic Music Festival from Nov. 7-8.