12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite her Chicago-area pedigree, Jlin never really subscribed to the accepted templates for making footwork or juke tunes; her cut-cut-cut-cut-paste production would challenge even the most skilled dancers. Black Origami takes Jlin even further down the rabbit hole, and proves her to be a real master of texture and atmosphere. The vocal samples on “Enigma” might vaguely hint at NOLA bounce, but in their heavily deconstructed state, the track works more like a haze-inducing narcotic than something to get the crowd hyped. The same goes for “Kyanite,” a showcase of mind-blowing drum programming. Footwork dancers in need of a breather, EDM fans ready to take a big leap: Black Origami is a pathway to new possibilities.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Despite her Chicago-area pedigree, Jlin never really subscribed to the accepted templates for making footwork or juke tunes; her cut-cut-cut-cut-paste production would challenge even the most skilled dancers. Black Origami takes Jlin even further down the rabbit hole, and proves her to be a real master of texture and atmosphere. The vocal samples on “Enigma” might vaguely hint at NOLA bounce, but in their heavily deconstructed state, the track works more like a haze-inducing narcotic than something to get the crowd hyped. The same goes for “Kyanite,” a showcase of mind-blowing drum programming. Footwork dancers in need of a breather, EDM fans ready to take a big leap: Black Origami is a pathway to new possibilities.

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Ratings and Reviews

Hatshepsut

wgwest

Hot Creative tracks.. bought Infrared and Ra from the Dark Energy album and like this album better.... rapid snare drums. Bought 1,3,5,6,8,9.... Very exciting songs. Had to play the preview of Kyanite three times before I decided to buy it... Glad I gave it a shot and bought. Syncopated drums and stutter voice on Nandi is very new to the music scene. Finally went back and bought NyaKinyua Rise.

Best electronic release of 2017

Severian14

Jlin's Black Origami is... insane. Jlin came up in the wake of footwork, coming from the Chicago-adjacent Gary, Indiana. This makes her a relative outsider, and she approaches this music with an outsider's spirit, breaking footwork down to its base elements and then mixing those elements with various accelerants and explosives to create an album of frenetic, daring, tuneless electronic music that spins the footwork trope like a top.
DJ Rashad would be proud of Ms. Patton. What she has achieved here is truly transcendent; an album so unique and so pure that it's awesome kinetic power can be downright frightening.

About Jlin

Jlin is the recording alias of Jerrilynn Patton, an electronic music producer from Gary, Indiana who is associated with the frenetic genre known as footwork. Patton creates dark, twisted, volatile tracks that seem far more concerned with venting frustration, anger, and depression than providing dancefloor fodder. She began producing music in 2008, and while her early tracks relied on heavily manipulated soul samples (as is common with the genre), her mother encouraged her to find her own voice. Her subsequent material featured samples from horror films such as Mommie Dearest (1981), but she otherwise largely abandoned samples. Jlin first reached the public's consciousness in 2011 when her tracks "Erotic Heat" and "Asylum" were included on Planet Mu's Bangs & Works, Vol. 2 compilation of the Chicago juke/footwork sound, which also included tracks by DJ Rashad & Gant-Man, DJ Clent, RP Boo, Traxman, and other notable producers from the scene. A few Jlin tracks appeared on online footwork compilations, but her debut release didn't arrive until March of 2015, when Planet Mu released her first full-length, Dark Energy, which included a collaboration with experimental electronic artist Holly Herndon. The album was an immediate critical success, earning rave reviews from numerous publications, including Pitchfork, FACT, and Resident Advisor. Dark Energy was eventually included on a multitude of year-end best-of lists, and was named Album of the Year by both The Quietus and The Wire. A follow-up EP titled Free Fall also appeared on Planet Mu that November. Patton subsequently quit her job as a steel mill worker in order to concentrate on writing music and touring. In 2016, she remixed Factory Floor's song "Wave" and released a few songs online, teasing her second album. The Dark Lotus EP appeared in February of 2017. Jlin's highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Black Origami, arrived in May, and included a collaboration with composer William Basinski. ~ Paul Simpson

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