Review: Throughout their career as purveyors of tech-house and club-ready electronica, Booka Shade has always boasted a softer, more contemplative side. Most of their albums boast a sprinkling of downtenpo tunes, and they also released a digital-only ambient album, Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs), in 2008. Galvany Street, their latest full-length, continues this trend, subtly moving away from the dancefloor towards home listening pastures. Of course, there are nods to house and (more surprisingly) dub disco, but the meat of the album is a range of evocative synth-pop, downtempo and electro-soul songs featuring a variety of guest vocalists. While this may still surprise a few, it's arguably one of the duo's strongest albums to date. This "deluxe" edition boasts an additional CD packed with alternative versions of selected tracks.
Body Language (Interpretation) (Chi Thanh remix) (2:00)
Lost High (Andhim remix) (2:00)
Mandarine Girl (Deetron remix) (2:00)
Wasting Time (MANDY remix) (2:00)
Mandarine Girl (Eat Twisted remake) (2:00)
In White Rooms (Hunter/Game remix) (2:00)
Night Falls (Patrick Topping remix) (2:00)
Review: On its' initial 2006 release, Booka Shade's sophomore album, Movements, really captured the zeitgeist. Arguably the first great album of the post-minimal tech-house era, it mixed their usual hypnotic, undulating dancefloor tracks with more considered, IDM-influenced material. Ten years on, they've decided to reissue it, bundling the original album with a new disc of remixes. These remixes are uniformly excellent, from the intense creepiness of Nils Frahm's soundtrack style revision of "Night Falls", and Dennis Ferrer's deliciously percussive version of "Lost High", the feverish Afro-techno humidity of Andhim's rework of "Lost High", and Eats Everything's throbbing, big room interpretation of "Mandarine Girl" [sic].