From their origins in Frankfurt, Germany, Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier have exploded well beyond the realms of German Diskos onto the international techno scene. Even though they got started less than a decade ago, they have already come out with four smashing album hits: Memento, Movements, The Sun & the Neon Light, and More! They have been hugely popular at the world tour performances, gathering up millions of fans all over the globe. One of their most popular albums was undoubtedly The Sun & the Neon Light.
The Sun & the Neon Light, which came out in May 2008, is much different than Booka Shade's previous works, with the beats more muted and controlled than their usual, wilder house music. While you can definitely still get down on the dance floor with tunes from “Karma Car” and “Planetary,” there is still a definite change from the lively beats in previous albums.
One of the top tracks on The Sun & the Neon Light would undoubtedly be “Redemption.” While it starts as a calm, gentle techno beat, it suddenly moves faster and becomes more ominous as the listener feels as though something powerful is upon them. There is a brief smash of techno house beats in the middle, but then it quickly switches back to the flowing calmness that was the beginning, with brief interruptions in between. It finally finishes off abruptly, making you feel as though you missed something, yet you heard just enough as it were. It is a truly puzzling song that's hard to stop listening to.
Their popular single “Charlotte” is also worth listening to over and over again. It starts off with paused, alien-like beats before a swift transition into dance-worthy electro rhythm. Towards the middle - as seen in other tracks on this album - things revert to the complete opposite of the previous beat, going from fast and hustling to slower, tip-toeing beats. The end trickles off nicely too, making this a popular song in the clubs for those looking to listen to something unlike the masses of other dance floor beats these days.
The synthesizers used in this album give it a truly unique feel and help this album evoke a more mature version of Booka Shade's regular beats. It has been well-received all over the world and continues to inspire new streams of techno music today.
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