Cat #: ZIQ356
Format: 2xLP / CD / Digital
As the popularity of Footwork has continued to soar, the range of sounds within the genre has expanded. From the angular, minimal beats of RP Boo to the widely admired sound of DJ Rashad, the genre has continued to innovate. Gary based producer Jlin, known for her track “Erotic Heat” (Bangs and Works Vol.2 – Planet Mu 2011), or her providing music for fashion designer Rick Owens’ F/W 14 Paris runway show, presents an eleven track debut album “Dark Energy” showcasing her unique and bold new sound. Her track titles are as evocative as the music is intense and hint at deeper themes – “Black Diamond”, “Guantanamo”, “Abnormal Restriction”. She notes “The titles I chose are based off failing and learning.” Album track “Expand” also features a vocal from another important female artist – respected experimental West Coast producer Holly Herndon whom Jlin has been collaborating with. “Dark Energy” is so called because of where it came from and how it came to be; the dark monolith on the cover also encapsulates it – “This album took my entire life to make. Every moment in my life lead up to this album. My musical sense of expression comes from sadness, and anger. I can’t create from a happy place. It seems pointless in my opinion. I don’t make the tracks as much as I feel them. Creating for me is about feeling and impact.” The album was project managed by Knives, including music supervision and art direction.