After a summer of headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, Booka Shade will return to North America this October in support of their 2010 album More! (Get Physical). Starting October 20 at Club Soda in Montreal, Canada, the electronic music producer/performers, armed with their keyboards, synths and electronic drum kit, will set off on a 10-date tour of headlining shows in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. Also included are festival appearances at LIVE 105’s Subsonic Spookfest in San Francisco and HARD Haunted Mansion in Los Angeles which closes the tour on Halloween night (10/31).
This past year, Berlin’s Booka Shade—Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier—have cemented themselves as one of the most sought after international electronic live acts. On their last round of dates on this continent earlier this year, highlights included a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York City which saw a stage invasion from the crowd (the New York Times (5/19/10) wrote, “This German electro duo is a perennial favorite of dedicated clubgoers – on a dark, sweaty dance floor, its slinky compositions become heavy with intrigue and promise.”), a Red Rocks Colorado performance that literally ‘rocked’ and stellar sets at Washington state’s Sasquatch and the Movement electronic festival in Detroit to close out each.
Meanwhile, fans can get cosmic with Booka Shade‘s “Teenage Spaceman”—the follow-up single to “Bad Love” from More!—which will be available during the tour as an EP featuring five versions. Booka Shade’s own ‘Booka In Space’ mix is the main title track of the EP and a melancholy masterpiece of suggestion and atmosphere, building to that breathless, eyes-closed moment you can only ever experience on the darkness of the dance floor. Sei A, one of the U.K.’s most promising techno talents, brings his distinct rich textured sound of warm subtle melodies and moody atmospheric synths with two signature remixes. With productions already signed to Gigolo, Buzzin’ Fly and Turbo, this young Glaswegian delivers a mature style of deep tech house. Tim Deluxe again takes a detour from the style he’s known for and delivers the energetic ‘Future Disco’ remix. A radio version rounds out the package.
Booka Shade gave the opportunity to aspiring film directors to make the video to “Teenage Spaceman.” After many brilliant entries from around the world, Matthew Harris from New Zealand was chosen by the duo as the winner. “There was the video from Matthew Harris, where a loner finds contact to the world again with a self-made space suit. The narrative is held together with amazing special effects and a fantastic performance by Scott Orr. The video is freaky, funny, a little trashy (in a positive Dee Lite circa early ‘90s way),” says Arno Kammermeier. “We’ve never had a video with a sense of humor before and our initial reservations were slowly quashed as something kept making us return to watch it over and over.” Check here for the winning video:
Catch BOOKA SHADE on tour:
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 10/20 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Thu 10/21 Toronto, ON Mod Club
Fri 10/22 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s
Sat 10/23 Chicago, IL Congress
Mon 10/25 Boston, MA Royale
Tue 10/26 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed 10/27 Philadelphia, PA Factory
Fri 10/29 San Francisco, CA LIVE 105’s Subsonic Spookfest @ Cow Palace
Sat 10/30 Dallas, TAX TBD (DJ Set)
Sun 10/31 Los Angeles, CA HARD Haunted Mansion @ Shrine Expo Hall
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This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.