On the heels of my favorite albums of 2017 post, this is another one I’ve had planned for some time now. I’m a huge electronic music fan going back to the DDR days, and I’ve currently been enjoying these producers at the top of their game.
All three producers just so happen to be Asian and female, which has been a rarity in the electronic music space – so this is the perfect opportunity to showcase some talent as well as different styles of great electronic music!
Where do I start with Yaeji? She spent her childhood bouncing between New York City, Atlanta, Korea, & Japan, before finally choosing to live in Brooklyn to develop her artistic pursuits. After her 88rising videos blew up, she’s had a breakout year with not one but two critically-acclaimed EPs. She’s also my favorite new artist of 2017.
Playing a chilled-out style of house music with lots of spoken word in both English and Korean, her production is soothing, head nod-inducing, and fun at the same time. There’s something about the tone, cadence, and repetition of her singing style that makes the music especially good.
TOKiMONSTA is probably the most established producer of the three, having signed with the acclaimed Brainfeeder label in 2010 and releasing a string of very solid music since. Based in LA, she’s made a name for her hip hop-influenced beats and collaborations, and she also rocks a tight live show.
But one of the most incredible stories about her is how she had to re-learn music and speech after a brain surgery in early 2016. She not only performed at Coachella a few months later, but continued to produce, releasing the outstanding Lune Rouge album this past year!
Peggy Gou is another rising star with a bright future ahead. Originally from South Korea, she moved to London to study fashion and then moved to Berlin to pursue music. She’s definitely got the Berlin-hip vibe and has also played at a ton of venerable dance clubs around the world.
Given that Berlin is the modern capital of techno music, it’s unsurprising that Peggy’s productions fall in the techno range of the electronic music spectrum, featuring catchy beats, interesting sonic details, and lots of creative layering. It’s definitely a more out-there sound that’s fun to listen and dance to.