Jlin sees Footwork as African music

Jlin’s new album Black Origami out 19 May via Planet Mu. Take a listen below.

American producer Jerilynn Patton, aka Jlin, already shaked the footwork scene in 2015 with her first album, Dark Energy. Even one of her tracks was played by Aphex Twin in 2016 while his big comeback. This is not surprising as Aphex is a close friend to Planet Mu’s boss, Mike Paradinas.

As a reminder, Footwork is a genre of music and street dance that originated in Chicago during the 1990s. The dance involves fast movement of the feet with accompanying twists and turns, and usually takes place as part of a “battle”. True cornerstone of house’s evolution, Footwork also frequently feature heavily syncopated samples from rap, pop, and other sources, and are often around 160 bpm. Then producers start to experiment. Some tracks like DJ Rashad‘s “Reverb” are as close as concrete music as house music. Jlin is one them, pushing Footwork boundaries over. Here is her own definition of this genre :

“I view footwork as an African based modern dance music that fits this era in time. The music itself is based out of Chicago, but the root is based out Africa. That’s just my opinion though. Everybody sees things differently, doesn’t make them right or wrong per se. Footwork to me is formed of expression that comes from within,” she explains to THUMP. “It is a dance that takes consistency and persistence to master. I believe footwork is set out to create good frequencies and vibrations into the world in the form of dance.”

Listen to Black Origami via NPR :