Langue disponible : anglaisPeggy Gou is a South Korean-born DJ and producer based in Berlin. During the 2010s, she became internationally renowned for energetic DJ sets, which dreamily flow through various styles of techno, house, and electro. A 2019 volume of the DJ-Kicks series demonstrated her eclectic approach. Her own tracks, such as the acclaimed 2018 single "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)" and 2021's "I Go," are vibrant, joyous productions that echo vintage deep house and post-disco without sounding like a throwback. Gou seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2016, releasing no less than four 12" EPs of bright, slightly hazy house tracks during the course of the year. In actuality, she had been producing and DJing for several years -- she learned to beatmatch in Korea in 2009 and resumed the hobby a couple years later, when she was attending the London College of Fashion. After racking up gigs during the next few years, as well as moving to Berlin, she made her breakthrough in 2016, releasing two Art of War EPs on Radio Slave's Rekids imprint, "Day Without Yesterday" on Phonica White, and Seek for Maktoop on Technicolour. She also played dozens of gigs across the globe, including dates with Moodymann, the Black Madonna, Jackmaster, and others. Following an even busier 2017, which included her first American tour and a month-long BBC Radio 1 residency, Gou returned to the studio. Her Once EP was released by Ninja Tune in 2018, led by "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)," a catchy single featuring Gou's Korean-language vocals. "Travelling Without Arriving" was issued by Phonica White soon afterwards. In 2019, Gou released the two-song Moment EP on her own Gudu Records, as well as her first mix CD, a volume of !K7's long-running DJ-Kicks series. She was featured on "Jigoo," the lead track from Maurice Fulton's Gudu-issued Earth EP, in 2020. The following year, Gou released the downtempo single "Nabi" (featuring OHHYUK) and the electro-disco tune "I Go."
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Il semblerait que la critique (Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, Mixmag…) se soit accordée sur un point : avec Once, Peggy Gou a trouvé l’équilibre nécessaire à la production d’une house de qualité, respectant les préceptes du genre tout en les repoussant un peu plus loin. Pourtant, il se peut que la première écoute de ce maxi ne laisse pas forcément une empreinte incandescente sur l’esprit. Mais on y revient, et la finesse de production couplée aux touches d’originalité délicatement fondues dans ce mille-feuille de groove font l’effet d’une petite bombe à retardement. On imagine très bien comment la DJ/productrice sud-coréenne basée à Berlin pourra enflammer les chaudes après-midi du Dekmantel Festival d’Amsterdam cet été, avec le titre It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) et son rythme chaloupé de samba ou encore avec Han Jan où, pour la première fois, Gou se permet de chanter dans sa langue natale – pour notre plus grand plaisir. Oui, il va falloir se préparer à l’entendre dans les festivals ces prochains mois. © Sylvain Di Cristo / Qobuz