Jlin

"Patton was raised in Gary, Indiana, United States.[2] Growing up, she was exposed to music through her parents, and her favorite artists were Anita Baker, Rachelle Ferrell, and Sade. She also heard footwork at an early age.[3] She briefly attended Purdue University as a math major.[2] As an adult, she supported herself by working at a steel mill, although she claims this did not substantively influence her work.[4] Patton began making her own music in 2008, and was inspired by her mother to pursue a unique sound.[3] She also received encouragement from figures such as DJ Rashad, who she communicated with online.[3]

After making the track "Erotic Heat", she was hesitant to release it because it did not fit the conventional sound of a footwork song.[3] The track was ultimately released on Planet Mu's Bangs & Works, Vol. 2 compilation in 2011, which showcased Chicago juke and footwork artists and brought Jlin attention. The song was later used to accompany a 2014 Rick Owens fashion show.[3] She released her debut album Dark Energy in 2015 to critical acclaim.[5] Dark Energy would help to popularize footwork on a global stage.[6]

In 2017, Jlin released her second album Black Origami. It features collaborations with William Basinski, Holly Herndon, Fawkes, and Dope Saint Jude."
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