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Album Review

The music associated with Chicago's juke/footwork scene is fast, frenetic, complex, and often highly aggressive, as it is typically intended to soundtrack dance battles. The tracks produced by Jlin, a steel mill worker from nearby Gary, Indiana named Jerrilynn Patton, use footwork as a venue to express frustration, anger, and depression. The screams and horror movie samples ("You don't want to hurt anyone," "But I do, and I'm sorry") on tracks such as "Guantanamo" and "Abnormal Restriction" sound downright evil, and are a far cry from the more hedonistic, drug-glorifying tracks by artists such as DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. While those artists' tracks are heavily populated with recognizable soul and hip-hop samples, Jlin builds her music from scratch, constructing all the percussion sounds and bass tones herself. Her production style is intense and gripping, but it never sounds cluttered, and it never breaks out into all-out chaos. Tense, thrilling, and a bit frightening, Dark Energy is simply one of the most compelling debut albums of 2015.

Customer Reviews

kinda the same

its repetitive ya, but the sounds used in all the songs are kind of the same as well...

It's ok

Good album but sounds so repetitive in every track. Good if you want to use in vine videos or awesome trick videos

Pitchfork strikes again

When Pitchfork files this under "Best New Music" I had a feeling it was going to be terrible. I was right. Seriously???


Genre: Electronic

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...
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