I love Third Coast Percussion—I ranked their 2018 release Paddle to the Sea number one on my list of the best Chicago albums of the 2010s—and I’m a big fan of Jlin. So when I heard that TCP had commissioned music from my favorite experimental footwork producer, I started counting down the days till they’d […]
Reba Cafarelli is managing director for Third Coast Percussion, working primarily in booking, marketing, and day-to-day operations. The ensemble is incorporated as a nonprofit, and it has a board of directors and three full-time employees in addition to its four members. In May 2022 Third Coast Percussion plans to release its next album, which will […]
Indiana-based footwork producer Jlin is laser-focused in her vision and in her dedication to expanding her sound. Her debut album, Dark Energy, arrived in 2015, when footwork was gaining sizable popularity outside Chicago. The record stood out for its severity, with confrontational tracks that elegantly pair brooding tones with footwork’s precise rhythms. Jlin’s follow-up, 2017’s […]
As DJ Roc, Chicago producer Clarence Johnson helped mold footwork and provided the support it needed to become an international underground phenomenon. He started making juke tracks in the early 2000s, but just a few years later he adopted the faster, battle-ready footwork sound. Johnson strengthened the footwork scene in 2005 by cofounding production collective […]
Indiana-based beat wizard Jlin returns to the stage for Pitchfork Midwinter after courting burnout to finish her second album and score an avant-garde dance performance.
Midwinter runs February 15 through 17 and also includes Oneohtrix Point Never, Grouper, Perfume Genius, DJ Koze, two William Basinski performances, and Tortoise playing all of TNT.
Current musical obsessions of Strawberry Jacuzzi’s Shannon Candy, Rahim Salaam of the What About Chicago?! podcast, and Reader staff writer Leor Galil
The best footwork producers show how the fast-and-furious Chicago-born sound can seemingly push an MPC drum machine to the limit as much as it can dancers sweating it out during battles. Footwork’s chest-rattling assault of clustered rhythms is at times hard to fathom—how can two human hands keep a piece of hardware on the brink […]
On Pitchfork’s second day, RP Boo and Jlin inspired fancy footwork, while Sufjan Stevens and Brian Wilson served up different doses of sadness.
Reader writers round up the locals on Pitchfork’s bill, guide fans of hip-hop and R&B into the rest of the roster, discuss the gender balance of the fest’s bookings, and much more.
Pitchfork booked a record-breaking nine Chicago acts this year.
Beach House, Savages, FKA Twigs, and Carly Rae Jepsen are all great—but don’t let them distract you from the lopsided maleness of Pitchfork’s bookings.
The lineup for the three-day festival is out now; here’s info and commentary from Reader critics to get you up for it.
Jlin Its Chicago roots notwithstanding, footwork is a global phenomenon now, with vital communities popping up as far afield as Japan and Poland. So it was no leap at all for this adventurous, fast-paced dance music to reach Gary, Indiana, home to footwork producer Jlin, aka Jerilynn Patton. Her steel-mill job keeps her grounded in […]
Hailing from Gary, Indiana, this young producer laces darkness with footwork, but takes a lighter turn on “Unknown Tongues.”