Black Origami
Jlin - Black Origami
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Rank: #7 / 624
User Score
Based on 175 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

After spending a lot of time with the new LP, the early work seems almost naive, the product of someone still trying to find her voice ... And that’s simply because Black Origami is a massive breakthrough.

90
AllMusic

Black Origami is a monumental achievement, yet it still seems like Jlin is just getting started.

90
Exclaim!
It's earthy and futuristic, complex and linear, dance-y and a total mind-fuck. It's exactly what you'd expect from Jlin, but it's a total — and pleasant — surprise, too.
88
Pitchfork

The sophomore album from the brilliant producer turns the tools of footwork into an overwhelming piece of musical architecture, an epic treatise on where rhythm comes from and where it can go.

87
GIGsoup
While the record will undoubtedly be included on numerous year-end lists, its long-term value lies in its potential to dissolve arbitrary genre restraints and lift similar artists to greater heights.
84
Resident Advisor

Black Origami can be intimidating: it's dark, relentless, and makes substantial demands on the listener. But it's also powerful and distinctive. In the world of rhythmic electronic music, nobody else is doing it quite like this.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Make no mistake—this is an album that’s challenging and demands attention, but if you can stay focused, you’ll be richly rewarded.

80
Clash

‘Black Origami’ is a record of experimentalism and inventiveness that reaches beyond novelty. It showcases an artist widening her scope of production, whilst maintaining an ear and a place for the dance floor birthplace of her genre.

80
Crack Magazine

Footwork has always been body music; dance music at its purest. Yet the avant-garde was never far away. With Black Origami Jlin has pushed both of these potentials to exhilarating extremes.

80
The 405

Perhaps one of the greatest sources of tension on Black Origami is not knowing what shade of tense it’s going to be. From track-to-track, Jlin shifts moods with enough subtlety to sustain a through line but enough variation to prevent the album from ever losing your attention.

80
PopMatters
Fans of footwork and devotees of percussion will be sure to gravitate to this achievement, and it will likely earn her some crossover followers as well. It is a challenging and demanding, yet wholly edifying, work of rhythmic art.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes
The long-fermented grammar of life articulated in footwork reincarnates on Jlin’s latest record as pure, intelligent substance, imbibed and outwardly projected to cultivate a deep nod of xenolalia: the divine, unaccountable performance of a language that the speaker has never formally acquired.
May 19, 2017*
Aoaystheory
85
EDIT: I feel like people rating this low just don't get it...it's footwork and the production is ridiculous. Like, I understand the perspective of not enjoying it, but in it's genre, it doesn't get much better and you have to have a special type of brain to assemble this record. Give it a few spins until your mind is able keep up with what you're hearing.

straight spazzing
May 24, 2017*
BuffaloStaple
40
This sounds cool, gets a little old after the first 5 or so tracks but I dig her style overall.

EDIT: Nah I changed my mind, this album's aggravating. Most of these songs go on for about twice as long as they should and I get that repetitive, stuttering vocal samples and loops are a large part of footwork music, but the way it's handled here just doesn't come off to me as inventive as much as it does frustrating and head ache inducing. There are a couple tracks I like here but for the most ... read more
May 20, 2017
lemuriams
70
Footwork is annoying (for me) sorry, but i dont find music i this work.

This is perfect production right.
May 19, 2017
NR
Not trying to sound ignant, but I feel like if Jlin was a white guy from New York Pitchfork wouldnt even review his albums.
Oct 27, 2017
plowo
78
Albuns to crazy dance around your bedroom.

Favs: Black Origami, Enigma, Kyanite, Carbon 7 (161), Nandi and 1%.


Added on: March 14, 2017