Song of the Day: Booka Shade - Charlotte

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Charlotte by Booka Shade from the 2008 album The Sun & The Neon Light on Get Physical.

Booka Shade - Charlotte (MP3)

After getting their start in the early 90s, Berlin-based Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, aka Booka Shade, went on to form Get Physical in 2002, forming what has become a very successful relationship with M.A.N.D.Y. and giving their own music room to breathe. They’ve been busy bees ever since; The Sun & The Neon Light marks their third album over the last three years, a time span that has also included the duo’s critically acclaimed contribution to the DJ-Kicks series, as well as countless remixes and production work. After touring the hell out of 2006s Movements, Merziger and Kammermeier sought to branch out with their most recent release. In doing so, they’ve created an album with darker soundscapes and more traditional song structures, even including the pop crossover Sweet Lies. But by delving into the use of traditional pop instrumentation, the duo has expanded on a wealth of sonic resources, adding further accreditation to a catalog that includes some of the best dance music the world has ever known. Check out their MySpace page as they’re currently spanning the globe on yet another massive tour, and look for the repackaging of 2006s Movements, which now includes bonus DVD footage of the duo’s performance at last year’s Pukkelpop Fest along with bonus cuts and more. Before doing anything else, check out this official video for Charlotte:

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One Comment

  1. Joellen
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone else noticed that there is a run of bands who have names that are similar to other bands out there? Like what’s up with Charlotte? Couldn’t they find something else knowing there is another band out there with “Charlotte” in their name. ‘don’t want that association! And what is the fascination with the word “wolf” in so many band names?

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