From its unforgettable opening “one… two… one-two-three” kick pattern, Kate Simko_s “Take You There” proves that a few well-placed elements are all it takes to make a minimal-house classic. The Take You There EP is yet another entry into Simko_s growing catalogue of immaculately arranged dance music-light-ontheir- feet but dark-of-heart dance tracks whose precision individual elements build upon one another, combining and re-combining into a greater whole. “Take You There” rides its stark three-beat kick hook for all it_s worth. Simko dresses that iconic thump to the nines, dropping jaunty tambourines, tingly synth swells, and disco claps, deepening the space with swoops of eerie ambiance and Brenda D_s breathy, reverb_d vocals. “Down Beat” takes its title to heart, draping a deep, jazzy rhythm in melancholy keyboard pads that bring to mind a moonlit drive through a snow-covered metropolis. “Take You There (Bruno Pronsato_s Break-Up Day Remix)” sucks out much of the song_s low end, to fascinating effect: The iconic kick pattern, rendered little more than a series of digital blips, combines with silky keys to give the track a serenely sinister glide. The EP closes with “Margie_s Groove,” the standout Bside from last year_s “Gamelan” single (and a favorite of DJs including Guy Gerber, Jamie Jones, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom). And while the Take You There EP_s four songs may leave you wanting more, Simko_s specialty is tantalizing understatement-she knows you_ll keep coming back.
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