Long before Booka Shade became one of the most successful international dance music acts of the last 10 years, Arno Kammermeier & Walter Merziger formed a new wave pop band in the early 90s, signed a record deal in 1992 and released two albums under the name Planet Claire.
Now they’re back with a new album – Galvany Street – a return to their pop roots and a collaboration with former Archive singer Craig Walker. Walter says, of his new album: "We´re very proud to have reached a lot with instrumental music. With MOVEMENTS 10 we closed a chapter last year. 2017 is the perfect time for a new start and to mix things up.”
Slated for an April 7 release date, the album will be presented live in April. Single Babylon will be released on March 03 as 12inch Vinyl and in digital formats. The single includes special Single & Extended Versions, as well as the exclusive B-Side ‘Changes’.
In addition the duo announce a European Tour, which takes in major cities including Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Madrid and Barcelona – with new London venue Printworks hosting their only UK show to date on April 7 th .
The album promises departure from the trademark tech house and electro house of Booka Shade’s past. “As a singer it's a real pleasure to work with Booka Shade,” says Craig Walker, “as the music they presented to me was so rich and full of melody. The rhythms and melody are always top level and make the job of writing toplines and lyrics a very enjoyable one. I really love the combination of all our influences - 80's synth pop, 90's Manchester and right up to more current stuff like The Weeknd - it's all in there and it makes for a very interesting sound.”
March 25 - Beirut, LB (The Grand Factory)
April 02 - Brussels, BE (AB Club)
April 05 - Amsterdam, NL (Melkweg)
April 06 - Berlin, DE (Columbia Theatre)
April 07 - London, UK (The Printworks)
April 08 - Paris, FR (La Maroquinerie)
May 03 - Copenhagen, DK (Pumpehuset)
May 04 - Aarhus C, DK (Fonden VoxHall)
May 05 - Stockholm, SE (Debaser Huvudkontor)
May 06 - Oslo, NO (Vulkan Arena)
May 12 - Madrid, ES (But)
May 13 - Barcelona, ES (Sala Razzmatazz, S.L)
June 03 - Dublin, IE (Forbidden Fruit Festival)
July 06 – Novi Sad, RS (Exit Festival)
Ticket pre-sale - Monday 23rd January at 2pm GMT / 3pm CET
General on-sale - Wednesday 25th January at 2pm GMT / 3pm CET