Dark Energy

Jlin - Dark Energy
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2015 Ratings: #20 / 770
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 113 ratings
2015 Ratings: #244
March 24, 2015 / Release Date
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Planet Mu / Label
Footwork / Genres
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By prioritizing rhythm over hooks, by turning away from looped vocal samples and toward a starker, more tensile vocabulary of snares and strings, Dark Energy immediately sounds like a benchmark, an outlier in terms of minimalist abstraction and intensity.


Throw it onto the list of recent albums, like Heems’ Eat Pray Thug and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, that take personal, political and temporal stock of our lives and refuse to be one-dimensional in chronicling these experiences.

Resident Advisor
Jlin has plenty to say, and she has a remarkably strong and distinctive voice with which to say it.
The Guardian
As Burial is to dubstep, Jlin is an artist who belongs to her genre, but has an eye on where it could go next.

Tense, thrilling, and a bit frightening, Dark Energy is simply one of the most compelling debut albums of 2015.

I've had a hard time getting into musicians described as "footwork" over the past couple of years, but this is the first record that has made me start to appreciate it. To me, the most appealing aspects of this album are the ridiculously complex and jittery rhythms, the creative use of samples and the occasional blood-pumping beat drop.
ドス黒いFOOTWORKにOneohtrix Point Neverのグリッチ感とPC Musicのプラスティック感を掛け合わせた不思議な一枚。母性すら感じさせるしなやかな音像は、このアーティストが女性と聞いてなんとなく納得。
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Track List

  1. Black Ballet
  2. Unknown Tongues
  3. Guantanamo
  4. Erotic Heat
  5. Black Diamond
  6. Mansa Musa
  7. Infrared (Bagua)
  8. Ra
  9. Expand
  10. So High
  11. Abnormal Restriction
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Added on: April 2, 2015