Listen: Booka Shade releases new EP on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak
As they enter the final stretch of a non-stop Northern summer, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger have taken the wraps off their latest handiwork as Booka Shade. The Honeysmack EP comes with the original and club mix of the title track, plus two versions of Tomorrow Belongs To Us. Keen Booka Shade fans will already have wrapped their ears around Tomorrow Belongs To Us and Honeytrap on the duo’s disc for the 2012 All Gone Pete Tong mix compilation, which also featured records from Nina Kraviz, Reboot, Scuba and Jordan Lieb. What you get with the Honeysmack EP are two distinctive Booka Shade productions. What’s perhaps unexpected is the fact that it’s out through Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak empire, which the crowd-surfing, champagne-spraying DJ has operated out of Hollywood since 1996.
In 2012, Dim Mak has kept its roster of releases varied, championing Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Clockwork, Atari Teenage Riot and TAI to name just a few. Booka Shade adds another curveball to that line-up. The duo’s albums have been released by Get Physical, the German label they built up with M.A.N.D.Y. and DJ T. 2006’s Movements is likely to remain the iconic Booka Shade album, but 2010’s More! showed they still excel at the LP format. After deviating into synth-pop crossover territory on 2008’s The Sun and the Neon Light, with often mixed results, More! had plenty to recommend it.
Over the last few months, Booka Shade has played a mix of DJ sets and live shows at festivals like Monegros, 10 Days Off, Kazantip and Lovebox, while also making regular dispatches to Ibiza. The guys love Australia, so expect to see them back here soon. You can listen to previews of the tracks in the Soundcloud embeds below.