Dear Future Self


2022 repress. Booka Shade reveal their ninth studio album with the arrival of Dear Future Self on Blaufield Music. Leaders, purveyors, and pioneers within the emotive, melodic realms of house and techno, German duo Booka Shade have remained at the forefront of the scene for over 25 years. Following the long-player Cut The Strings in 2018, the iconic duo deliver their latest extended body of work as they unveil the thirteen-track Dear Future Self on home turf -- a project which welcomes an emphasis on club-ready sounds. Recorded across the globe as the band continually tour the worldwide circuit, the album takes in recorded sessions from New Zealand to their home city of Berlin, and features collaborations with artists from Iceland, South Africa, England, and Germany to deliver a collection of dancefloor-focused cuts that capture the band's current club output. Title cut and opener "Dear Future Self" alongside South African spoken word artist Lazarusman and the bubbling "Red Medina" provide early examples of this ethos, with both tracks featuring previously on the label but equally finding their place within the project with ease, a nod to their approach within their ever-evolving live sets. "Polar Lights" featuring fellow Berlin based artist Joplyn and "Perfect In A Way" with Icelandic vocalist Kaktus Einarsson combine smooth vocal melodies with darker synths to balance light and dark to offer some trademark Booka Shade soundscapes, whilst previously released tracks such as "Sacred", "I Go, I Go", and "Torch" undergo slick re-worked interpretations, with the resulting productions providing a fresh take for the new decade. "Acid Brain" and "Rigera" up the energy via sweeping leads and crisp percussion, whilst "To The Sea" featuring Eli & Fur provides yet another dynamic as slow blooming melodies and organic percussion go to work alongside further infectious vocal work. "Plexus 3AM" offers up playful tones backed by more menacing and hypnotic bass licks, whilst "NZ Modular" takes cues from its title as off-kilter analog synths go to work amongst crunchy drums and sweeping atmospherics, before closing proceedings with "Atlantic Beam". A body of work showcasing the duo's ever-evolving and forever refining palette, Dear Future Self delivers an experience that looks set to become a must-have for fans of the band, new and old, and continues their ongoing status as one of the most celebrated acts within electronic music. 180 gram vinyl; gatefold.