South Korean DJ Peggy Gou has been announced as the presenter of the 69th DJ-Kicks series, out via !K7 on June 28th, and its something of a dream fulfilled. When she released her debut Art of War EP in 2006, little did she realise that within 4 years, two of the items – the DJ-Kicks and being the first first South Korean DJ to play Berlin’s techno institution Berghain, would be ticked off. As she says of the former “It’s the premier class of DJ mixes. Some of my favourite selectors have contributed to it.”

The projects been on the go for a while though, with the 28-year old starting the project last year, in the middle of her first Mixmag cover, DJ-ing at 20 clubs per month all over the world, and promoting her own work. Insted of a straight DJ mix, or a flavour of her DJ sets, she’s treated it as portrayal of her own musical journey, with formative tunes from her collection that transverse disco, house, techno and electro, from 1983 onwards, and cross tempos – 90 to 150 BPM.

When Peggy Gou released her debut EP ‘Art of War’ in 2016, she made a list of career goals. One of them was to become the first South Korean DJ to play Berlin’s techno institution Berghain, an objective she achieved only a few months later. Another item on that list was to record an installment of !K7’s DJ-Kicks series. “It’s the premier class of DJ mixes,” she says. “Some of my favourite selectors have contributed to it.” Now Peggy Gou can tick that off her list too as she proudly presents the 69th edition of the mix series.

The same level of detail went into the artwork, which references both Korean iconography and the endangered status of the creature of the country’s foundational mythology, the tiger:

“I had the concept of this cover in my mind for a long time – as the first Korean woman to contribute to the DJ-Kicks series I wanted to do something from my heritage, so I chose the tiger, which is very important in Korean traditions and a metaphor for my personality,” says Peggy.  “As it is not humane to shoot with a real tiger, I and the photographer Jonas Lindstroem used a library image to make a composite. The tiger ‘disappears’ when you turn to the inside-cover photo, to highlight that these beautiful animals are already extinct in my home country and in danger of disappearing from our world entirely”.

Check out the tracklist below.

TRACKLIST CD / DIGITAL
** = EXCLUSIVE

01 Spacetime Continuum – Fluresence
02 Peggy Gou – Hungboo (DJ-Kicks) **
03 Pearson Sound – Earwig
04 Pegasus – Perseguido Por El Rayo
05 Sly and Lovechild – The World According To Sly and Lovechild (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe Mix)
06 Dorisburg – Rytm804
07 Hiver – Pert **
08 Kyle Hall – Flemmenup
09 DMX Krew – EPR Phenomena
10 JRMS – 3
11 Shades of Rhythm – Exorcist
12 Kode 9 – Magnetic City
13 The System – Vampirella
14 Black Merlin – Kundu
15 Aphex Twin – Vordhosbn
16 R-Tyme – Illusion (Mayday Remix)
17 Psyche – Crackdown
18 Deniro – Epirus
19 I:Cube – Cassette Jam 1993 **

TRACKLIST LP

A1 Peggy Gou – Hungboo (DJ-Kicks) **
A2 The System – Vampirella
A3 Pegasus – Perseguido Por El Rayo

B1 I:Cube – Cassette Jam 1993 **
B2 Sly And Lovechild – The World According To Sly & Lovechild (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe Mix)

C1 Deniro – Epirus
C2 Psyche – Crackdown

D1 Hiver – Pert **
D2 Aphex Twin – Vordhosbn

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09 May 2019 – Teksupport, 53 Scott Ave, New York
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