- This year Amelie Lens broke out of Belgium and onto the world stage. She's had huge exposure through performing at festivals like Awakenings and Tomorrowland, and spent the year touring Europe, Asia and Australia. She's also cemented her popularity at home with extended sets and all-night takeovers at venues like Ampere and Labyrinth Club. Her skyward DJ trajectory has been fuelled by a series of shrewdly made and highly consumable releases, starting with Exhale in early 2016 and gaining momentum from there with follow-ups on Pan-Pot's, Adam Beyer's and Pig & Dan's respective labels.
Lens has a sound: dark, smouldering, groovy and stamped with femme fatale vocal hooks. She might have overplayed the latter, but as a calling card it's worked to her advantage—you'll know a Lens track when you hear one. Acid is another weapon in her arsenal, which she wields with great effect. It's techno made for tripping out the big room, a style Lens consolidates on Stay With Me, her third EP for Second State.
The vocals are little corny on "Follow," but Lens makes it work by submerging the tough kicks and giving the rest a druggy Plastikman-style makeover. "Stay With Me" is also deep and acidic, but more straightforward. On his remix, Perc strips away the acid and beefs up its core. Lens finishes with a banging drum tool, leaving the big room to explore more experimental routes.
A2 Stay With Me
B1 Stay With Me (Perc Remix)