Leftroom continue a sterling run with the The Same Page EP, a three track collaborativec project between Leftroom boss Matt Tolfrey and Chicagos Kate Simko.
Both Matt Tolfrey and Kate Simko have formidable reputations within the modern dance music landscape. Tolfrey has become one of house musics safest hands in recent years via an open minded attitude to DJing, on-point stewardship of Leftroom and increasingly frequent forays into the studio while Simko garners huge respect as one of the most forward thinking and talented guardians of Chicagos house music legacy, and thats just one of the strings to her bow.
A true transatlantic collaboration, The Same Page was borne out of an instant studio chemistry between Tolfrey and Simko following a Chicago-based session just after the Detroit Movement Festival May 2011. After nine months of stolen sessions amongst the incredibly busy duos touring schedules, Same Page was finished in London earlier this year and the results have already given rise to chatter about live shows and longer-term projects.
Despite the all round skill sets these two producers possess, theres a distinct breakdown in roles across the Same Page EP. Tolfreys sense of arrangement and adroit use of basslines meets Kates superb keyboard and drum work throughout and Chicagos jack meets Londons moody elegance head on.
From the jazz-inflected futurism of lead cut Take it Easy, the discoid discordant funk and fluid progression of Lazy B and subtly dubbed, melancholic creep of No Shame, The Same Page EP is shining example of contemporary house music. With Tolfreys debut LP in progress and Kates solo debut for Leftroom just around the corner, this is just a taster of things to come too.