Peggy 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, the Seoul-born artist had been producing and DJ'ing 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, she made her breakthrough in 2016, releasing two Art of War EPs on Radio Slave
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 monthlong 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. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi