They revved up the fog machine for Jlin, who began her hour-long set at 2am Saturday morning. The crowd at Brooklyn Bazaar had gone a little loopy, something to do with the late hour and all the ones that had led up to it—ample time to imbibe. Dizzying opening performances by experimental electronic producer Foodman and rebellious dance producer Container had worked their own powerful magic.
Jlin, aka Jerrilynn Patton of Gary, Indiana, opened dangerously. The footwork-producer-and-so-much-more called forth the darker sounds of “Guantanamo” (off of her 2015 album Dark Energy) and “1%” from her second full-length album Black Origami, released this May.
The foreboding mood dissipated as she moved into “Erotic Heat,” and from there into an entrancing portion of the set that was rich with world percussion samples. She swung her body into the beat and conducted the crowd with her hands, teasing toward a pause, a drop or a flourish of synth.
A more clubby aura closed out the show, including a rare, overtly melodic vocal. Jlin bowed, and the crowd broke into what felt like a standing ovation, though, miraculously, they had persisted upright through the night.
Photos by Zane Roessell