German-South Korean DJ Peggy Gou has released a trance and house-inspired new single ‘I Go’.
Specifically referencing the British electronic music boom of the late 1990s, including baggy, big beat, and acid house, ‘I Go’ ebbs and flows with vintage beats that sound like they were beamed in directly from early-era Skint Records releases.
“When I was a teenager in Korea, we didn’t have rave culture like there was in the UK,” Gou explained in a statement. “‘I Go’ is a tribute to that era, my own reimagination of the sounds I grew up loving. The lyrics are inspired by a note I wrote on my phone in 2019, staring at myself in the mirror of an airport toilet – I looked so exhausted but there was no way I wasn’t going to keep going! ‘I Go’ is basically me motivating myself, finding courage and returning to a feeling of innocence. I hope people feel the same sense of positivity when they hear it.”
The last time we checked in with Peggy Gou, she released a collaboration with Hyukoh’s eponymous lead singer Oh Hyuk, the similarly trippy and positively joyous ‘Nabi’.
Despite a relatively limited discography, which includes a handful of EPs, singles, and a remix-compilation album that pays tribute to her peers and influences including Aphex Twin, Psyche, and Shades of Rhythm, Gou has been storming the global electronic music scene for roughly a decade.
With high profile gigs at festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, and Primavera Sound, Gou’s star has steadily risen beyond her native South Korea. It doesn’t seem as though the artist has any intention to consolidate her efforts into a full-length debut LP, but that format isn’t exactly conducive to her style anyway. Like a lot of DJs, Gou is more comfortable with a free-flowing and less rigid presentation of her music, which is why singles seem to be the way to go for her at the moment.
Check out the audio for ‘I Go’ down below.