Korea’s rising star is poised to release her ‘Once’ EP this week. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to ‘Han Jan’.
Korean by birth, Peggy Gou was raised in Berlin, and the creativity ingrained in the German city’s electronic music scene has clearly taken hold of the young producer. The past two years have seen her setting her trajectory directly towards the top of her game, a trajectory she has followed with impressive speed, with releases on Technicolour, REKIDS, and Phonica White back in 2016 – including her seminal ‘Art of War’ EP – and
Her sound straddles the space between Detroit’s famous techno sound and the inimitable house sound of Chicago, with tribal, electronica, and acid elements woven into the rich tapestry of sound that Gou so deftly makes her own.
March 2nd sees Peggy dropping her latest EP, ‘Once’ via the almighty Ninja Tune. This is a clear mark of quality in itself, as the label consistently signs fantastic artists; artists who aren’t afraid to approach production from different angles and offer less formulaic takes on the sound they are representing.
Take a listen to the electro-tinged ‘Han Jan’ from the EP, which is released this Friday. The track contains hallmark qualities of eighties synth pop, with Gou delivering an almost monotone rap section in Korean, before a more melodic vocal refrain kicks in. All of this plays over the top of some tight percussive programming and an incredibly funky bass riff. Check it out, below.