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Kate Simko Feat. Jem Cooke – Your Love



Label: No. 19 MusicScore: 9/10

Proof that house music is still firing up in Chicago with the arresting No. 19 debut from DJ-producer Kate Simko, who’s made a splash in recent years with singles on Leftroom, Supplement Facts and Spectral Sound plus two albums for Ghostly International and Hello? Repeat.

The original plants Jem Cooke’s ethereal vocals over understated lope, garnished with rippling piano and old school deep house xylophone flourishes. Along with the atmospheric instrumental, remixes come from Tevo Howard, her partner in Polyrhythmic, who supplies a dark, shimmering electro-funked outing with vocals upfront and Kerri Chandler, on form with booting vocal and instrumental versions of his Bob Beaman mix [so named because he did it when his recent European tour hit the Munich club].

Upping the urgency via resonant new riffage and slamming groove, this is the version doing damage in the clubs, completing a top package from this ever-reliable label. 

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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