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Hot on the heels of her collaborative EP with Matt Tolfrey, ʻThe Same Pageʼ EP, Kate Simko makes her full solo debut on Londonʼs Leftroom imprint alongside the vocal talents of Jem Cooke and the remix might of John Tejada.
Chicagoʼs Kate Simko has hit her stride as a producer and DJ since her auspicious beginnings as part of Matthew Dearʼs Spectral Sound roster. Remixing Philip Glass, composing film scores, collaborating with Tevo Howard as Polyrhythmic, and increasingly on the radar of the world's top clubs via on-point DJ and Live/AV sets, Simkoʼs talents have been closely followed by Leftroom boss, Matt Tolfrey. Tolfrey first invited Kate on board last fall with her remix of Laura Jones' smash hit "Love In Me;" then, after hearing the raw, acid-house inspired 'Kabuki Drop', Tolfrey signed the EP on sight and it's not hard to see why.
Simkoʼs love of Daniel Bell/DBXʼs incredibly focused and classic use of sound shines through on ʻKabuki Dropʼ, where an uncluttered rhythm track boldly drives a perfectly formed array of creeping bleeps, atmospherics and lush pads.
Kateʼs old friend, John Tejada - an artist who has developed an enviable reputation for squeezing soul out of machines - treats ʻKabuki Dropʼ to an oozing makeover. An inspired choice for the task in hand, the lauded producer delivers the sort of immersive eloquence that few achieve.
The second half of this diverse EP is balanced by ʻGo On Thenʼ, a full vocal cut and dub version featuring the sultry, jazz-inflected talents of London-based Jem Cooke paired with delicate Rhodes, lazy fills and hazy keys that underpin a powerful dubbed bassline.
With plans to relocate to London in July, Kate's 'Kabuki Drop' EP is a heartfelt offering to Leftroom from this soon-to-be Chicago transplant.
1. Kabuki Drop (Original Mix)
2. Kabuki Drop (John Tejada Remix)
3. Go On Then feat Jem Cooke (Original Mix)
4. Go On Then feat Jem Cooke (Sparse Vocal Dub)
Kate Simkoʼs ʻKabuki Dropʼ EP is released early June on Leftroom.
Release/catalogue number: LEFT032
Release date: May 28, 2012