Chicago producer and DJ Kate Simko brings her city’s strong electronic roots to her diverse productions and compositions. With a strong classical and radio background, she moved to London and launched the London Electronic Orchestra, which has performed the world over. It has released an album and bridges the dancefloor with more subtle and lush sounding compositions. Over her career, Simko has remixed the likes of Guy Gerber, Philip Glass, DJ Pierre and Francesca Lombardo. With her most recent remix for Lombardo just hitting digital shelves today, we asked Simko to dig into the crates for her favorite remixes of all time, selecting tunes by MK, Sasha, Jamie XX, Audion and many more.
Nightcrawlers - Push the Feeling On (MK Dub of Doom Mix) - 1992
I had to include MK in this list, as he has one of most iconic remix styles of all. Can’t believe he’s been doing his thing this long! Carl Craig told me recently that MK started producing in Detroit when he was a teenager. Amazing remix of a classic track here.
London Grammar - Hey Now (Sasha Remix)
The original song is incredible in it’s own right, with the vocals and rhodes chords just tearing at your heart. What I love about Sasha’s remix is he’s paying a homage to the song in his own style for almost four minutes until these two iconic elements drop. It’s already an amazing remix and then it really elevates to another level.
Azari & III - Hungry For The Power (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Remix)
This remix of Jamie’s really defined his sound, and was a breath of fresh air in 2006 when the sound in underground dance music was quite minimal. The melodic intro and way the track builds is pretty perfect. I orchestrated this remix for our collaboration Opus 1, and hearing it with live orchestra is incredible!
Eric B & Rakim, ‘Paid In Full’ (Seven Minutes Of Madness The Coldcut Mix)
Little known fact, I used to DJ soul, funk, and downtempo/hip-hop during college. I’d spin 6-hour vinyl only sets that ended up with the last two hours house music. This remix was always a favorite in my record collection. Absolute gem.
Four Tet - Lion (Jamie XX Remix)
I adore both of these producers, so happy to hit both in one swoop. Jamie XX’s deep production style and reconstruction of Four Tet’s delicate sound is just perfect here.
Kevin Saunderson Ft. Inner City - Good Love (Luciano Remix)
This remix is the perfect mix of respecting the original with bringing in an underground signature loopy sound. Love the low sub bass and overall sexiness.
Hercules & Love Affair - I Try To Talk To You (Seth Troxler NYC Extended Mix)
Hercules’ vocalist John Grant wrote about his experiences of contracting HIV in this powerful track. I happened to be in New York when Seth was doing this remix, and jammed out the strings intro. What I love though is the bass line and incredible production (by Seth and Phil Moffa). I’ve heard this out quite a bit in stores, etc. It’s a really incredible production, one that was slept on a bit.
Hot Chip - No Fit State (Audion Remix)
When it comes to remixes, there’s really nothing better an already incredible track getting dropped into a one-of-a-kind producer’s unique sound world. This track is just that. Audion defined a big part of the late 2000’s underground sound, and this remix hit hard right during that moment.
Deetron - Life Soundtrack (Radio Slave Remix)
I must have played this track out a thousand times. I love both Deetron and Radio Slave’s sound, and it’s the perfect mixture of both, with top vocals as well.
Nils Petter Molvær - Merciful (Herbert's We Mix)
I had to include a Matthew Herbert remix. This is a lesser known one by him, one I have on vinyl and just adore.