With the concurrent release of her Spectral Sound debut She Said and two new Death is Nothing to Fear EPs on which she appears, Kate Simko’s musical profile is clearly in the ascendant. The Chicago-based producer and DJ brings a wealth of formal training to her left-field house and techno productions: having grown up studying piano and music theory, she shifted her academic focus from a degree in classical piano to electronic music composition and continued her studies following a 2001 move to Santiago, Chile. The move was doubly fortuitous as a meeting with Andres Bucci developed into a subsequent partnership under the name Detalles (full-lengths have appeared on Traum and Kupei Musika). Despite an ever-intensifying schedule of performance dates and creative projects, Simko generously found time to compose a provocative list for textura. View the top ten