In September, London based DJ Amy Becker debuted her Acrylic On Air on NTS Radio to an all-round positive response. Having now released the set from her second set, Becker brings the house down with this week’s mix.
One of the biggest feats Becker manages to accomplish in her Acrylic On Air show is to expose the audience to a huge amount of variety. This is both a testament to her ability as a DJ and the strength of the London clubbing scene. Although this results in some jarring transitions, it is a worthy trade-off for the playful mix of hip hop and electronic music that Becker has assembled. Beginning immediately with MTRNICA’s Ransom, which establishes mean hip hop vibes: the beat is hard, pumping away at a constantly fast pace. This strong beat is dynamic, picking up speed in one song and slowing down the tempo in the next. Moving from English hip hop, to urban EDM, to trap hip hop and mumble rap, all the way to some trance bass and house music, Becker explores these genres with a carefree attitude, letting the harsh transitions and contrasting sounds emphasise the unique attributes and differentiating originality between tracks. Playing everyone from Drake to Azealia Banks, Becker doesn’t limit herself, giving exposure to over thirty artists in this single fifty-minute mix. A special mention goes to her difficult but well executed inclusion of DJ Sammy’s Heaven, an early 2000s dance track that remains as fun as it is corny.
Amy Becker is at the forefront of the London music scene, using her position to both expose a wide array of talented artists as well as fuse a variety of genres. The resulting mix is an interestingly joyful combination of musical range and artistic diversity.