Review: Peggy Gou – Once (Ninja Tune)

It’s no secret that we at Hyponik are big fans of Peggy Gou. And, judging from the hype surrounding this EP, we’re clearly not alone.

Her rapid rise can be partly attributed to some excellent releases on REKIDS, Phonica White and Technicolour, but perhaps more so due to her prolific touring schedule – playing over 100 shows in 2017. ‘Once’, her first release of the year, is another timely reminder of why this hype is justified, delivering three sonically varied tracks that draw on her eclectic list influences from the last few years, from electro and African music to early ’90s house and techno.

The release also marks the first time in her career Gou’s sung on a recording, with opening track ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ being the standout moment with its silky Korean-sung vocals. Throw in some twinkling synths, vibrant xylophone notes and a simple yet effective combination percussion and drums and you’ve got the making of a summer anthem.

Closer ‘Han Jan’ sees Gou adopt a spoken word delivery, combining this with a myriad of cosmic effects and a playful bassline. It’s easy to imagine both of the aforementioned tracks, as well as ‘Hundres Times’, a dazzling Electro-tinted offering, cropping up in many sets over the coming months.

Words: Nathan Diamond

Out now on Ninja Tune. Order here

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