Emerging from Brooklyn’s vanguard of boundary pushing artists, Akua has proved she's not afraid to redefine techno on her own terms. The Ghanaian-American DJ has cultivated a sound that reflects her passion for research and recontextualization, as she infuses old-school tracks and techniques with a vision for the dancefloors of the future.
Akua channels a dynamic approach to the craft that fuses a sense of playful confrontation and high octane rhythm-shifting, giving her sets a sense of conceptual rigor and undeniable energy. Pulling from a deep appreciation of the more freakish strains of techno from the past, her style reflects a tireless study of the medium and a reinvention of its frameworks through modern means. Her finesse for blending machine funk frequencies possesses distinct toughness and a trademark trippiness, creating a space where simple distinctions and genre boundaries disintegrate. As Akua traverses through acid drenched basslines, frenetic percussions, and distorted synths, her sets leave listeners with a fierce compulsion to move as they lose and find themselves again inside the torrent of sonics she weaves.
The Discwoman affiliate has quickly established herself as a singular force in the thriving NYC scene through organizing events and regularly gracing the decks of local haunts Bossa Nova Civic Club and Nowadays. She’s taken her sound to packed dance floors in cities across North America, and in 2019 she hopped across the pond to present her hyper-charged selections to European crowds with debuts on the Boiler Room Utrecht, Saule and De School. Her mixes have received plaudits from Resident Advisor and Crack Magazine and she recently was tapped to do a summer residency on the airwaves of Rinse FM. While her sets continue to gain acclaim all over, Akua is poised to continue New York’s tradition of fearless, forward-thinking artists in the years to come.