Booka Shade, ‘The Sun and the Neon Light’ (Get Physical)
On their third proper studio album, producers Arno Merziger and Walter Kammermeier abandon their trademark German microhouse sound for more trancelike grooves. Merziger huskily croons “Control Me” in homage to Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, while keyboards stab and flicker throughout “Dusty Boots” and “Planetary” like dark shadows. Effectively reinventing their sound with these gloomy anthems, Booka Shade should still rock the superclubs with ease. But some may miss the clever duo known for the carefree pulse of singles “Mandarine Girl” and “Body Language” (which was sampled on will.i.am’s “Get Your Money”).