Travelling Without Arriving (Ge-Ology Nite Stealth Ninja mix) (7:17)
Review: We're barely a quarter of the way through the year and it already seems like Peggy Gou is going to be one of house music's heroes of 2018. Here, the Berlin-based South Korean follows-up her brilliant Once EP on Ninja Tune (which included the soon-to-be-an-anthem brilliance of "It Makes You Forget") with a new 12" for Phonica White (a label she first graced back in 2016). "Travelling Without Arriving" is a rubbery, sun-kissed deep house treat rich in elastic bass, toasty chords, glassy-eyed synthesizer melodies and dreamy, drifting electronics. On the flipside, Brooklyn beat-maker GE-OLOGY serves up a superb alternative version which retains the track's gentle positivity and breezy melodiousness while dragging it further towards futurist techno territory.
Review: Originally from South Korea but moving to London at the age of 14 where she spent her formative years, Peggy Gou has since moved to Berlin (of course!) where she's since made her break releasing two EPs in less than a year on Matt Edwards esteemed Rekids imprint. Her new one on Phonica white sees her explore classic deep house aesthetics convincingly such as on the dusty MPC bashing Moodymann style deepness of "Day Without Yesterday" with its deep funk bass, emotive strings and woozy sample all working in perfect harmony. But "Six O Six" gets a craving for the acid life with some gnarly 303 lines going head to head with hands in the air vocals and rusty drum machine grooves.
Review: We were rather impressed by "The Premise EP", Kassian's (Joe Danvers and Warren Cummings) Heist Recordings-released debut single. If anything, this follow-up on Phonica White is even better. Title track "Faux Polynesia" is particularly potent. While its musical elements tend towards the ultra-deep - think smoky vocal samples, gentle (synth) trumpet lines and dreamy chords you can get lost in - these are underpinned by a bustling, heavyweight rhythm track that's packed with peak-time energy. In other words, it's hazy and intoxicating, but has enough guts to raise the temperature out on the dancefloor. Elsewhere on the EP, "System" delivers a looser late night blend of swinging, New Jersey-influenced percussion, jammed out chords, alien synth washes and glassy-eyed vocal snippets. It, too, is superb.