Kate Simko and her London Electronic Orchestra will release their eponymous debut LP this spring.
The new album is a journey into unchartered terrain for Simko, a classically trained pianist, who began experimenting with combining classical instruments and electronics while studying at the Royal College of Music.
“I was studying Composition for Screen, but ended up on a detour experimenting with orchestral instruments, seeing how I could combine them into electronic backdrops,” she explains. “The tones, ranges, and colour possibilities completely blew me away.”
Since then, she’s remixed Philip Glass, produced for Katy B, and launched a career as a house DJ, but the new project is an opportunity to work on different skills. “To me DJing is live composition,” she explains. “It’s an improvisation. You’re choosing music for the moment. And that spontaneity is channeled into London Electronic Orchestra.”
Simko has composed the orchestral parts and produced the LEO songs, but the emphasis is still on collaboration: “LEO is about showcasing these ornate instruments in a new way, letting the players have their own moments to shine, and working with other young creative collaborators to make it all happen.”
Check out the first track, ‘Tilted’, which is coming out on a three-track EP ahead of the album’s release, backed with a club-ready remix by Seth Troxler and New York producer Phil Moffa. Pre-order it via VF Editions.
After that, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra arrives on May 6 via The Vinyl Factory.