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Jlin @ F8 

Wednesday, Mar 23 2016
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If you've never heard of footwork — the sped up, grittier, child of Chicago house music — hearing a track by Jlin will blow your mind. Jlin, who works by day in a steel mill, began making music in 2008 and only released her debut album, Dark Energy, last year. Instead of chopping up and manipulating preexisting hip-hop or soul samples, the Gary, Ind. native composes her own tracks by micro-chopping synth lines and vocals into booming, cascading arpeggios. At first listen, the music can seem harsh, but give it time. This is music that is best played on a large-scale sound system with a high-class subwoofer. It's for dancing yourself silly, losing yourself to the music, or strutting down a runway (at least this was the case at a 2014 Rick Owens runway show).

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