Booka Shade’s favourite tracks

The resurgent techno duo, who returned with LP Eve, empty the contents of their psychic record bag

The track we’ll be opening my next DJ set with
Gorgon City: Go All Night (Booka Shade remix)

It snuck into our Australian live tour as well.

The track we always play to rescue a dancefloor
M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade: Body Language

It may sound obvious, but it’s true – this is the one song we have produced which is known everywhere in the world, and even 10 years after its release, it rocks any party. If this one doesn’t make the crowd dance, no song will.

The band we wish we’d signed to our label
Metronomy

We luckily signed a couple of really cool tracks to our label Get Physical over the years when we ran it. And then again, there were acts that kept sending us songs and we didn’t really know what to do with them. Metronomy was one of them, and they’ve made themselves a big career.

The track we’d play to show off our eclectic tastes
Françoise Hardy: Comment Te Dire Adieu?

It’s actually the song we play if we do a set at the end of the night, when the lights go on. Sends the audience home with a smile.

The track that got us out of bed this morning
Bombay Bicycle Club: Luna

Just love the positive energy of this song.

The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
The 2 Bears: Not This Time

It’s got a feelgood groove, but I think the lyrics will be a challenge for the young couple.

The ideal festival track
Tomas Andersson: Washing Up

It’s a techno oldie but goldie, and it’s a “let’s go nuts one last time” type of track to squeeze out the last bit of energy out of a festival crowd.

The best track by our favourite new artist
Ten Walls: Walking With Elephants

This guy did a couple of extremely good tracks. People say it sounds a bit like Booka Shade? Well, thank you, we can just say it sounds great!

The track that should have been a crossover hit
Metronomy: Love Letters (Crom & Thanh remix)

A remix from our fellow Berliners; they recently did a remix for Lana Del Rey which did very well in the clubs.

The track I’d play at my funeral
The Smiths: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Morrissey is the best one for a funeral, which shouldn’t be too serious…


Booka Shade DJ at XOYO, EC2, Sat. Eve is out now on Embassy One

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Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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