Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2014

by James Glazebrook

There’s nothing like a Music Montag end of year playlist to make you realise just how diverse the Berlin music scene is! Bookended by classic Zoë favourites that drive home the dominance of the city’s clubbing industry, elsewhere this year’s Best of Berlin runs the gammut of genres. There’s electro pop, indie, weirdo synth explorations, progressive metal, a healthy chunk of Bowie covers… even a hilarious advertising jingle and a track from a rock opera for kids! Hope you enjoy this pick-and-mix of the most interesting music (mostly) produced in Berlin this year. Boom.

Want to walk your ears down memory lane? Check out the Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2013 and the best of 2012.

Music Montag: Happy Birthday Zoë!

by James Glazebrook

It’s Zoë’s birthday today! For the little lady’s special day, Music Montag is devoted of her absolute favourites: “Regenerate” by Booka Shade. This was released just a couple of months before we moved to Berlin, by the seminal Get Physical records, and we continue to think of it as the sound of the Stadt – even though it’s far too mainstream to be played by most of the city’s DJs! Aaaaaaaanyway, check out the full-length version for maximum euphoric breakdown, and help me wish Zoë happy birthday. Altogether now: ♪ “Zum Geburtstag Viel Glück…” ♫

Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2013

by James Glazebrook

What have EnyaFleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, Rihanna, M.I.A, Destiny’s Child and Kendrick Lamar got in common? Nope, they haven’t formed a Gayngs-style supergroup (we wish!)… but all of them have had tracks covered or remixed by überlin’s Music Montag picks for 2013. Here’s two hours of our favourite music made in and about Berlin this year, from electro to acoustic, from heavy heavy metal to fat dirty bass. Enjoy 🙂

Feeling nostalgic? Listen to the Best of Berlin 2012 here.

Music Montag: Booka Shade

by James Glazebrook

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“BS_003.jpg” by eike koenig under Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Booka Shade are back! One day, when I’m feeling nostalgic, I’ll tell you about how the Berlin duo were the soundtrack to our first visit to the city; how listening to them now takes us back to so many precious times and places; how “Mandarine Girl” reminds us of countless stellar DJ sets (including mine); how “In White Rooms” and “Regenerate” are still among our favourite tracks; how the strings version of “Night Falls” was our wedding march. Some other time… for now I’ll just tell you that their excellent new EP Haleshop is out today, on limited edition hand-stamped white vinyl, and that they’re announcing new live European dates all the time – go to bookashade.com to find out about both pieces of great news!