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Essential Listening: Peggy Gou

Essential Listening: Peggy Gou

Mollie Denton | Features & Interviews
If you haven’t heard or read the name Peggy Gou by now you must be living under a rock. The Korean DJ has made her mark on the music world by playing fun-filled and experimental sets all over the globe, as well as gracing the fashion world, campaigning with huge brands such as Ray Ban and Nike - and doing all this whilst producing some of the most successful techno, house and electronic tracks to have come out of the genre in recent years.

Now based in Berlin, Gou has hit some mighty milestones in her career, from becoming the first Korean woman to play at Berghain, to being the first Korean to play a BBC Essential Mix. Taking her electronic music career to the next level, Gou is scheduled to play a hefty amount of international festivals this summer. We select five of her most iconic tracks, old and new - to showcase the sensation Peggy Gou has become.

Six O’ Six

In 2016, a leading record label based in London Phonica White released two tracks by Gou, ‘Day Without Yesterday and ‘Six O’ Six’. Standing out from the two was the B side, with subtle acid tinges, drum machine grooves and dreamy vocals. Definitely a go-to to create that party mood feeling.



It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)

A track that continuously graced our speakers last spring, ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ is the first track Gou has sung over, done in her own native language. The house pumper features bouncy percussion, synth riffs and of course her favourite addition of acid bumps. It was well deserving of all the best tracks of 2018, featured on The Guardian. A legendary track.



Gou Talk

Another early release of Gou’s, ‘Gou Talk’ features a slightly pounding bassline with a funky melody casting over. Compared to Gou’s other hits, this track from the single ‘Seek For Maktoop’ appears a lot more subtle in comparison. But still holds the fresh groove that can be found within her productions.



Starry Night

Released on her very own record label Gudu Records, ‘Starry Night’ signals Gou’s first single of 2019, and also happens to be an absolute house pumper made for summertime sunshine. Whether it be played indoors at a club, or outdoors for a garden rave or poolside party. Featuring bouncy piano chords and that staple acid-touching bassline, this single is certainly set for your summer soundtrack.



Hungboo

To say it is the very first track Gou had ever produced, it is an incredible start. ‘Hungboo’ is crafted in the style of pansori, a South Korean traditional style of storytelling. Featuring on her DJ Kicks mixtape, ‘Hungboo’ is a brilliant example to showcase her unrivalled talent in producing. Featuring her own vocals and a funky, dark acid backing, the track is a definite rediscovered treasure.



Recently, Gou has stepped up for a legendary mix series presented by !K7, showcasing an insight into her musical influences and loved tracks by favourite artists. The mixtape sends us down a journey pointing into her taste and style as well as early influences, making it almost an auto-biography in track form.



Catch Peggy Gou at upcoming festivals this summer:

Exit Festival, 4th-7th July

Creamfields, 23rd-25th August

Dimensions Festival, 29th August-2nd September

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