Jlin - Black Origami
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2017 Ratings: #31 / 898
Year End Rank: #20
User Score
Based on 331 ratings
2017 Ratings: #317
Liked by 3 people
May 19, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Planet Mu / Label
Footwork, IDM / Genres
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Black Origami is a monumental achievement, yet it still seems like Jlin is just getting started.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.


‘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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
Sometimes the constant shifts can leave you reeling and wondering what Jlin is trying to get at, but it’s never long before they pick you up again and pull you back into it. This is the sound of a huge talent blossoming.

The elements introduced here are beautiful, but only work when isolated.


Uhm yeah, I just don't get the hype behind this record at all, a lot of the songs don't have much that interests me, they go on for way too long which is only amplified the album doesn't offer much variety in terms of sounds.

Best Track: Never Created, Never Destroyed
Worst Track: Carbon 7 (161)


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




These beats are stiff.


Some say it’s unfair to write about music you don’t like at all, but nobody cares at all. This 2017 album presents some relentlessly intelligent dance I won’t want to dance, that’s what I initially say, I won’t move my shoelaces: this drum machines origami paralyzed me. Your spine vibrates like a harp string plucked by the nails of a funeral headache. Still not the appropriate soundtrack if you want to alleviate it: these noises squeeze your temples like lemon ... read more

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Track List

  1. Black Origami
  2. Enigma
  3. Kyanite
  4. Holy Child
  5. Nyakinyua Rise
  6. Hatshepsut
  7. Calcination
  8. Carbon 7 (161)
  9. Nandi
  10. 1%
  11. Never Created, Never Destroyed
  12. Challenge (To Be Continued)
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Added on: March 14, 2017