Two exciting new tracks from amazing footwork-plus producer Jlin. Dark Lotus features the highly-processed guest vocals of Avril Stormy Unger and sampled djembe production, as well as the usual footwork hallmarks of stuttering rhythms, bass booms and flashing bleeps. Fiercely energetic and inventive music right here. 12” on Planet Mu.
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- Dark Lotus by Jlin
8/10 Robin Staff review, 09 February 2017
Jlin continues to skirt around the corners of her new LP, which will likely do a hell of a lot in a brave attempt to beat the footwork frenetics of her brilliant ‘Dark Energy’. A record of furious repetitions and buzzsaw hooks, it saw her expand the genre into new, chaos-torn territories -- here she follows up on that record and a 12” EP with two tracks from Planet Mu that should keep you guessing as to what’s coming on the forthcoming ‘Black Origami’.
“Escape of the Blvck Rxbbit”, a collaboration with multi-disiplinary collaborator Avril Stormy Unger, speaks to the raw and cliff-dangling footwork Jlin has made in the past, with familiar sample types and odd, more jingle-like vocals interspersed over scattershot beats and dials. “Nyakinyua Rise”, the record’s coveted flip, offers something completely different, introducing a West African djembe as the percussive lead and sparsely used -- but triumphantly punctuating -- communal chants. These are placed along typical footwork production shots like cut-up vocals sand a programmed beat for a track that feels like two different styles in call and response, perfectly attuned to one another’s timbre.
The production on “Nyakinyua Rise” is frenzied and atmospheric at the same time, suggesting new ways for footwork to live and breathe. It’s beautifully put together and, if I may invoke my 564th Norman Review cliche, I can’t wait for more.
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