Juke and footwork producer Jlin builds on her unique sound with her second full length for Planet Mu. Skittish and direct percussive trills come at you from all directions with feverish energy and underlying groove. Black Origami features collaborations with Holly Herndon, William Basinski, Fawkes and Dope Saint Jude.
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Gary, Indiana’s undisputed queen of footwork is back with her second album, following her widely praised, critically acclaimed debut back in 2015. An album which topped many end of year lists. Since then she’s given us a coupla great EPs on Planet Mu and been busy putting ‘Black Origami’ together. The influence of her ongoing collaboration with Indian dancer/movement artist Avril Stormy Unger is prominent on a few tracks spread throughout ‘Black Origami’, my current rewind being the gorgeous ‘Holy Child’ which features William Basinki. Jlin has really expanded her sound palette on this record, and her meticulously crafted, relentlessly intricate and complex percussion often sounds more fluid - in the sense that you can imagine a collective of drummers playing tracks like ‘Challenge (To Be Continued)’ rather than the lady herself beating the pads on her MPC. It feels like another substantial progression from early Juke and footwork - often more sophisticated than the early raw ghetto house styles of the movement, yet never losing sight of the music's roots in tracks like ‘Never Created, Never Destroyed’ and there are bunch of fun samples scattered throughout; rave/hardcore hoovers, elephants and answering machines as heard on '1%' where she collaborated with Holly Herndon.
In many ways Jlin is progressing footwork in a similar way Venetian Snares did with Jungle/D&B. As we’ve come to expect - the record is loaded with masterful, endlessly complex rhythms which always retain a thoroughly danceable groove and her restless sense of funk.
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