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Future Is Now: Jlin

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Future Is Now: Jlin

For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.

SOUNDS LIKE: The title of her second album – Black Origami – is a fine description: dark snares and pointy textures folding in on themselves.

FOR FANS OF: Aphex Twin, DJ Rashad, Autechre

WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Though no stranger to buzz – her first album was Rolling Stone's Number Two electronic album of 2015 – Jlin's second LP has seen a torrent of love from tastemakers, including features in Spin and Pitchfork, and performances at Red Bull Music Academy. Luckily, the latest album by the artist born Jerilyn Patto lives up to the hype, and is so unique in its sound that it's as though it emerged from a vacuum. Though earlier material drew from Chicago footwork – Patton hails from nearby Gary, Indiana – most of that genre's rhythmic hallmarks have receded into the ether. In their place? Unpredictable, hyper-speed, minimalist clatterings of drums, warped vocal snippets, and the occasional wail, all laced with enough flanging and echoes to approach the sublime. Black Origami's cast of guest collaborators, too, reflects this kind of heady stuff, with names like sound artist/composer Holly Herndon and minimalist legend William Basinski coming to play.

SHE SAYS: "Origami is the art of taking paper and folding it, bending it and making it into this complex thing, right? But it starts off as a blank sheet of paper. Instead of using the paper, I replace it with sound," she says. "The way that I approach music is that I don't. It's like chemistry for me; it's experimental. I never go in with a concept."

HEAR FOR YOURSELF: "Holy Child", a collab with William Basinksi, rattles and hums as if from another dimension.

 

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