Following up her astounding, critic-wowing footwork opus Dark Energy from last year, Gary, Indiana resident Jlin deploys the Free Fall EP. Over the 4 tracks, she displays new directions and re-cut takes on older forms, all of it brimming with energy and atypical rhythms. ‘BuZilla’ is a re-versioning of an RP Boo track. 12” on Planet Mu.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 March 2016
Music that I don't understand part 432.
Jlin is the leading footwork artist. She hails from the horrifying industrial hub of Gary, Indiana. Her 2015 album 'Dark Energy' was voted best album of the year by the white middle aged men with beards who make up the staff of the Wire, but don't let that put you off. Opener 'Eu4ri' is in fact a rather exciting relentless blast of incessant samples slathered like confetti over a kind of dark bass music that has a severe dancehall flava. It's the array of vocal samples that make the track a thrill as they blast into your ears - it's like being shouted at by a lot of people at the same time, kind of like working at Norman Records. Next up 'I Am the Queen' relents on the voices and instead concentrates on some kind of strobing mono pulse. Overleaf there are two more tracks. The first of which kind of has a sample chopping over drums programmed seemingly by a six year old. The whole effect is like sitting between two very loud games at a video arcade. The closer 'Nandi' chops some breathy vocals and inserts them between a chopped Phil Collins gated snare to interesting effect.
Not for the faint hearted, the record begs the question as to whether this is genuinely groundbreaking or whether it's impressing people simply because it sounds completely fresh and different. Personally, over the course of the EP I was impressed by the opening and closing tracks which are a thrilling cavalcade of chopped up sound. Other parts of the EP just seemed the kind of 'difficult' bass music that shouts so loud your ears switch off.
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