Albums You Must Own Number 4 – Movements by Booka Shade
So for this Music Eyz feature I got asked the dreaded question! Can you tell us what album anyone who is into Dance must own. After considering some absolute classics such as any of the Now compilations (joke), Prodigy ‘Fat of the Land’, Daft Punk ‘Discovery’, Leftfield ‘Leftism’ and Fat Boy Slim ‘You’ve Come a Long Way Baby’. I sat back and thought about what `a great` album means to me?
It has to have some absolutely banging tunes, but more than that it needs to hold great memories for me, it needs to take me to a good place and remind me of good times. That is why for me my Must Own Album is ‘Movements’ by Booka Shade.
This album evokes memories of my youth raving with friends in some of the greatest clubs that London had to offer namely the now defunct clubs, The Cross and The Key.
The album was released in 2006 off the back the emergence of a more techy minimalist type of house, but all tracks still retain a funky beat. The album builds from start to finish and within the tracks there are twists and turns that tease and excite, drawing you in and making you eagerly anticipate every next beat. The most compelling thing is the one two punch that almost all of Booka Shade‘s tracks deliver, enormous and spooky synth melodies with a heavy basslines and a smatering of a rushing snare. My tunes to look for in particular include Mandarin girl and of course….. In ‘White Rooms’ which is without doubt one of my classic clubbing tunes and will always get me raving extra hard on the dancefloor.
If you haven’t listened to this album yet, I highly recommend indulging yourself and getting a copy…….
Review by Jason Hockman