First things first: Booka Shade, the Berlin-based electronic duo comprised of long time friends Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger, are not DJs. On this fact they are both agreed. Yes, they are successful and seminal producers, musicians, remixers (having applied their sonic alchemy to the likes of Depeche Mode, Roxy Music, Tiga and Moby) and label bosses (they founded the incendiary Get Physical), and, as such, have an intimate knowledge of the dancefloor and the differing tools required in a DJ’s arsenal, but Jeff Mills or Richie Hawtin ‚Ä¶ they are not.
Now if all this sounds rather a bizarre way to introduce a DJ mix album, it’s at this point that we’d like to remind you that the CD that you presently have in your hand ‚Äì or, better still, blasting out of your stereo, iPod or Boombox ‚Äì is no run-of-the-mill DJ mix album. After all, !K7’s evergreen DJ-Kicks series don’t do run-of-the-mill mix albums.
Indeed, Booka Shade’s first foray into this arena is that rare beast in that it manages to be both experimental and exciting.