― Tim F, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 21:59 (two years ago) link
i don't think the aphex twin comparisons are off base: this is rhythmic virtuosity at play, the likes of which i haven't heard in anyone but the two. where afx is more straightforward with melody intertwined, jlin instead focuses on the dizzying footwerk polyrhythms
― just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 25 May 2017 22:54 (two years ago) link
I agree with Vahid that Shackleton is the best (albeit still reductive) point of comparison. These grooves *work* as grooves in a way that I don't think is true of Aphex post oh 1994.
(Ironically, sounding a bit "off" is a quality that post 1994 Apjex shares with footwork but which Jlin herself lacks)
― Tim F, Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:23 (two years ago) link
I'm also put in mind of what I guess I'd describe as "full kit neurofunk", like Source Direct's "Computer State", Sonar Circle's "Bass Flip", Maximum Style's "The Message (Arcon 2 Remix)", Can's "Tango Whiskeyman (A Guy Called Gerald Remix)", 4 Hero's "We Who Are Not As Others"...
― Tim F, Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:32 (two years ago) link
this album actually reminds me a lot of drum corps charts -- some of the tracks even use marching snare samples
― Dominique, Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00 (two years ago) link
― flopson, Friday, 26 May 2017 14:28 (two years ago) link
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― Tim F, Friday, 26 May 2017 14:47 (two years ago) link
you're going to die down here all
― flopson, Friday, 26 May 2017 14:51 (two years ago) link
this is really interesting music
― Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 26 May 2017 16:06 (two years ago) link
― ogmor, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:13 (two years ago) link
hahai meant that as a compliment!
― Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 26 May 2017 16:14 (two years ago) link
In terms of sheer rhythmic invention neither Aphex nor Shackleton come close to Jlin. Shackleton shares some her mastery of space and depth, while Aphex has manu fantastic qualities but they aren't the same as Jlin's. A lot of these beats are next level - one of the reasons she's so distinctive is because by and large she doesn't work in 4/4.
― Matt DC, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:59 (two years ago) link
I genuinely wish I found this as impressive and enjoyable as everyone else seems to :/
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 26 May 2017 19:25 (two years ago) link
I agree with Matt that no single comparison is going to to be terribly reliable.
One reason why I tend to think complex but still dancefloor-friendly drum and bass is a better point of comparison is that the thing that really strikes me about Jlin's beats is the very careful, very intricate interplay between the various drum hits at her disposal - that stereopanning "ball ricocheting around an inverted drum kit" feel she goes for.
Shackleton ended up with some of the same sonic qualities but he was coming from quite a different angle - rhythms as the sacred music of a lost civilisation kind of thing.
Jlin's music feels much more irrepressible and almost happy as a result of its sheer rhythmic exuberance - "fierce, fierce, fierce joy" as Bjork once put it.
― Tim F, Friday, 26 May 2017 22:22 (two years ago) link
i love the sounds Jlin uses but I'm with Jordan here. I dunno, music that is essentially rhythmic without any melodic counterpart often doesn't work for me, regardless of how intricate or unique the sound palette is. I dunno, I find this strain of music a bit exhausting but I admire its innovative nature
― Unchanging Window (Ross), Saturday, 1 July 2017 21:39 (two years ago) link
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 15:03 (two years ago) link
― breastcrawl, Saturday, 21 July 2018 11:06 (one year ago) link
(from “Autobiography,” the score for her collaboration with British choreographer Wayne McGregor, which will be released in full on 28 September)
― breastcrawl, Saturday, 21 July 2018 11:09 (one year ago) link
New album is really good, surprised it hasn't received much attention. More melodic and atmospheric than the others, but still very clearly Jlin. "Carbon 12" is a standout.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 1 October 2018 03:32 (one year ago) link
I'm not feeling it as much as her earlier work I'm afraid, I think maybe because it was made for a ballet it's not great club music but not really designed for home listening either?
― paolo, Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link
She's still one of the best producers around right now though. Jlin's weaker material is better than like 95% of all other electronic music right now
― paolo, Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:57 (one year ago) link
paolo ilu but Autobiography is wonderful in any context
― lukas, Monday, 9 December 2019 00:59 (three months ago) link
Aw thanks. Has she put out anything since Autobiography? We must be due something soon.
― paolo, Monday, 9 December 2019 09:52 (three months ago) link
Glad you asked!
― lukas, Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:55 (one month ago) link