Review: Wow, this is quite some album from Planet Mu! You may not be so familiar with Jlin, a footwork producer with a couple of contributions to the second Bangs & Works compilation Planet Mu released, but the Indiana based artist is quite the talent on the basis of Dark Energy. Jlin has gone on record to say this album has been in gestation from some time and explores darker themes than you would usually get on a footwork album. There's a real confidence to her productions at times on this album, "Black Diamond" in particular has a wonderful swagger to its syncopation, and in "Expand" Jlin offers an intriguing collaboration with RVNG Intl's resident voice manipulator Holly Herndon.
Review: Earlier in the year, former Indiana steelworker turned Juke futurist Jerrilynn "Jlin" Patton joined forces with British choreographer Wayne McGregor to perform a unique music and dance show at Krakow's Unsound festival. Entitled "Autobiography", the show featured some of Patton's most expansive, complex and impressive music to date. Here, Planet Mu offers up a studio version of Patton's soundtrack, a richly immersive and emotion-rich journey that combines low-end pressure and punchy, high-tempo juke beats with sweeping neo-classical movements, ambient soundscapes, occasional field recordings and surprise jazz flourishes. It's a hugely impressive musical journey, all told, and one that proves once and for all that Patton is one of the most exciting artists in electronic music right now.