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 sadly departed DJ Rashad, the genre has lovingly seeped into hearts and feet worldwide whilst continuing to innovate. Until now, most of the focus has been on the male DJ/Producers, but that is about to change. Gary based producer Jlin, who some of you might remember for her track EROTIC HEAT (Bangs and Works Vol.2 – Planet Mu 2011), or from her moment in the mainstream light providing music for fashion designer Rick Owens’ F/W 14 Paris runway show,

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is stepping further into the light with a stunning eleven track debut album DARK ENERGY showcasing her unique and bold new sound.

“Gary, Indiana, a neighboring City to Chicago, is one of those towns people overlook or perhaps expect the worst of. It’s famous for the Jackson 5 and its Steel Mills, one of which Jlin works long shifts at. She says her sound and “the themes behind my tracks are all based off what my creativity absorbs, whether it be bad or good,” and the music certainly shows that intent. It’s forceful, yet ripples with colour; it’s an intense, monolithic sound with rugged rhythms that stop and breathe and roll out in unusual staccato patterns. It’s a sound unlike any other out there, one that’s fiercely unique.

“Her track titles are as evocative as the music is intense and hint at deeper themes – BLACK DIAMOND, GUANTANAMO, and 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 quietly collaborating with.

“Her album DARK ENERGY is so called because of where it came from and how it came to be; the dark monolith on the cover also perfectly encapsulates it – “This album took my entire life to make. Every moment in my life led 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.”

“Jlin has been supported by all the key players in the Footwork scene and says she is “thankful to many.” 2015 feels like the year people are ready for a new voice in Footwork and Jlin is a true original with a hard, yet infectious style and an album that showcases it brilliantly.”  – Planet Mu



2015 Debut – Dark Energy | Planet Mu

2015 EP – Free Fall | Planet Mu


2015 – RollingStone – “…the most acclaimed footwork full-length of the year thus far. Released this spring, Jlin’s Dark Energy.” 

2015 – Fact Magazine “…Jlin dropped one of the year’s best albums with her debut, Dark Energy…”

2015 – Red Bull Music Academy Radio – “Planet Mu’s footwork innovator Jlin…  Live from Seattle.”     


2015 – Pitchfork 8.5 – “Gary, Ind. Producer Jlin, hints at this idea of combativeness, bending all matter of percussion, vocal clips and pre-existing ideas about footwork into submission.”

2015 – Tiny Mixed Tapes 9.0 – “Dark Energy immediately sounds like a benchmark, an outlier in terms of minimalist abstraction and intensity.”

2015 – The Quietus 9.0 – http://thequietus.com/articles/17395-jlin-dark-energy-review

2015 – RA Review 4.1/5 – Based not in Chicago but neighboring Gary, Indiana, she’s developed a musical dialect that sets her apart from her footwork peers.


2014 Rick Owens | Paris, Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014/2015 Full Fashion Show 

2015 Chanel | Seoul Cruise collection 2015 2016 by Fashion Channel

2015 Adidas| Adidas Originals | Tubular at Paris Fashion Week SS16


2015 NYC PS1 MoMA Warmup

2015 Seattle – Decibel Festival Discwoman

2015 Krakow, Poland – Unsound Festival Surprise

2016 CTM Festival (Berlin, February 2016)

2016 UNSOUND (Adelaide, February, 2016)

2016 Borealis Festival (Norway, March, 2016)

2016 SXSW (Austin Texas, March, 2016)

2016 Rocksteady (LA, March, 2016)

2016 Low End Theory (LA, March, 2016)

2016 Lapsus Festival (Barcelona, April, 2016)

2016 Kenyon College (Gambier OH, April 2016)

2016 U Street Music Hall (DC, May, 2016)

2016 Moogfest (North Carolina, May, 2016)

2016 Mutek Montreal (Montreal CAN, June, 2016)

2016 UNSOUND (Toronto CAN, June 2016)


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