Peggy Gou left Korea for the hip capital of Europe, Berlin, and looks like she's conquering the dance world. She’s set for Coachella next month, on top of her continuing tour of clubs all over the world. Once is her fifth studio outing. After releasing four 12”s in 2016, she set about making her name DJing before returning with this three track EP.
It’s also her first time singing on a record; “I’ve recorded my voice before but this time I tried to sing… I'm not a pro singer but I did my best,” she says. ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ is a fine debut for her voice. The Korean vocals work very well with the backing track as Massive Attack percussion mixes with Chicago house synths for a danceable but chilled tune.
All three songs come in over six minutes long but ‘Itgehane’ and ‘Hundres Times’ are both worthy of the time spent. While the former is a floor filler, the latter is a more contemplative number, mixing early Nightmares On Wax with The Orb. ‘Han Jan’ adds little in terms of quality. It’s a generic throwaway tune and sounds overly familiar, even on the first listen.
Once is worth a listen, particularly for the groovy ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’. While I can’t claim any special expertise in dance music, I’ve heard enough of it that a new record has to do something individual and/or original to stand out. Once doesn’t offer that. This is one for aficionados only.