Thursday, May 21, 2015
We all love our Footwork and Juke stuff right that has been prominently introduced to European dancefloors via the sound of main male protagonists like DJ Rashad, RP Boo and the likes of. But little has been known so far about female producers in this field and Planet µ is about to change that with the debut album of Jlin entitled "Dark Energy" which has been put on the circuit in late March, 2015. Hailing from Gary, a city nearby Chicago, her musical vision brings a harder, harsher and way edgeier tone to the genre, best reflected by the mechanical "Guantanamo" that sounds like featuring beats generated from processing noises field-recorded in fully automated assembly lines, her possibly best-known tune "Erotic Heat" that might be best described as RoboJuke or the seductive slow-jam "Mansu Musa" also, like basically all tunes, featuring Jlin's trademark claps that seem to be slightly distorted and pitched towards the higher frequencies of the sonic spectrum. "Infrared (Bagua)" introduces a more aggressive, abstract and well-apocalyptic vibe in Juke that, especially referring to the harsh wobbling synths, has been previously unheard and the Egyptian sun god "Ra" also turns out be an enunciator of a forthcoming armageddon. The robotic "Expand" might be picked out as the most intense track on "Dark Energy", perfectly combining sci-fi atmospheres and rave-killing hover stabs, the kush-celebrating "So High" should be picked as next single for a reason and the final "Abnormal Restriction" is the musical equivalent to the phrase 'that escalated quickly'. Thrilling.