Peggy Gou – I Hear You

A solid album with occasional sparkles...

Last summer, the sounds of Peggy Gou were inescapable thanks to the 90s-house earworm: ‘(It Goes Like) Nanana’. Following the single’s momentous release, Gou embarked on a world tour before returning with her debut album ‘I Hear You’. The album showcases Gou’s love of vintage house, as seen in the super funky ‘Lobster House’ and rave anthem ‘Back to One’. 

Gou’s originality and experimentation shine in tracks like ‘All That’ featuring Puerto Rican rapper Villana Antillano, which is a rewarding foray into downbeat, while “‘Peggygou (서울시페기구)’ is a ferocious drum and bass track led by the gayageum—a traditional Korean stringed instrument.

‘I Hear You’ is a solid tribute to vintage house, brought cohesively together under Gou’s powerful artistic stamp. But, there’s a feeling we’ve already seen her best work – 2021’s gorgeous synth-wave single ‘I Go’ is included in this tracklist but is not rivalled, while tracks like ‘1+1=11’ sound a bit too close to Gou’s self-professed love for 90s German trance DJ, ATB. It’s difficult for a superstar DJ to debut an album, and ‘I Hear You’ may have arrived too late to be fully impactful. 

7/10

Words: Charis McGowan

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