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Jlin performing at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York, on August 8, 2021
Jlin performing at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York, on August 8, 2021
Background information
Birth nameJerrilynn Patton
Born (1987-07-30) July 30, 1987 (age 36)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
GenresElectronic, footwork, IDM
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, DJ
Years active2008–present
LabelsPlanet Mu

Jerrilynn Patton (born July 30, 1987),[1] known as Jlin, is an electronic musician. She began producing music in 2008 and received early attention for her 2011 track "Erotic Heat". Jlin's debut album, Dark Energy, was released in 2015 to critical praise.[2] Her follow-up Black Origami (2017) received further acclaim.[3]


Patton was raised in Gary, Indiana.[4] 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.[5] She briefly attended Purdue University as a math major.[4] As an adult, she supported herself by working at a steel mill, although she claims this did not substantively influence her work.[6] Patton began making her own music in 2008, and was inspired by her mother to pursue a unique sound.[5] She also received encouragement from figures such as DJ Rashad, who she communicated with online.[5]

After making the track "Erotic Heat", she was hesitant to release it because it did not fit the conventional sound of a footwork song.[5] 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.[5] She released her debut album Dark Energy in 2015 to critical acclaim.[7] Dark Energy would help to popularize footwork on a global stage.[8]

In 2017, Jlin released her second album Black Origami. It features collaborations with William Basinski, Holly Herndon, Fawkes, and Dope Saint Jude.[9] It received universal acclaim and was named among the best albums of the year by various publications.[3]

Also in 2017, Jlin was commissioned to compose the score for "AutoBIOgraphy", a new work by Company Wayne McGregor that has its premiere at Sadler's Wells in London in October 2017.[10] In 2020, Jlin created the new work "Perspectives", commissioned by the Boulanger Initiative for performance by Third Coast Percussion.[11] In 2022, Jlin launched a course with online music school Soundfly, "Jlin: Rhythm, Variation, & Vulnerability".

In 2023, Jlin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition Perspective.[12]



Extended plays[edit]

  • Free Fall (2015, Planet Mu)
  • Dark Lotus (2017, Planet Mu)
  • Embryo (2021, Planet Mu)
  • Perspective (2023, Planet Mu)


  1. ^ Dorn, Anna (May 5, 2017). "Expression Changes Constantly": An Interview with Jlin". Passion of the Weiss. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Dark Energy by Jlin". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Black Origami by Jlin". Metacritic. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Cush, Andy (April 15, 2015). "Jlin's Rust Belt Modernism". Spin. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Beta, Andy (April 15, 2015). "Rising: Never Scared: The Fearless Footwork of Jlin". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Fintoni, Laurent (March 5, 2015). ""I create from a place that is the belly of the beast": Jlin unleashes her Dark Energy on footwork". Fact. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Critic Reviews for Dark Energy". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Martin-McCormick, Daniel (May 3, 2017). ""Challenge (To Be Continued)" by Jlin Review". Pitchfork.
  9. ^ Cush, Andy (March 14, 2017). "Jlin Announces New Album Black Origami, Featuring William Basinski and Holly Herndon Collaborations". Spin. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Jennings, Luke (October 8, 2017). "Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography review – dance as philosophical process". The Guardian. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Boulanger Initiative's WoCo Fest 2020". Third Coast Percussion. 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Finalist: Perspective, by Jerilynn Patton". Pulitzer. Retrieved October 11, 2023.

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