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jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby arucinluv » Thu Jan 18, 2024 2:26 pm

björk will be featured on the track "borealis" on Jlin's upcoming album "akoma" out march 22nd

https://thequietus.com/articles/33757-j ... lbum-akoma
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby faber » Thu Jan 18, 2024 3:51 pm

yay for features :hyper: I love that she's being more relaxed with those nowadays
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby jp4151 » Thu Jan 18, 2024 5:53 pm

for non-vat physical collectors, cheapest place I found was norman records, based in the UK

https://www.normanrecords.com/records/201389-jlin-akoma

if you sign up for their newsletter, they send you a $5 voucher. both the lp and cd is labeled as limited editions, and if they'll be limited like the physical copies of Nymph_o these will disappear fast

according to bandcamp, Borealis is written and performed by Jlin and Bjork. nice to know bjork worked on the track as well.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Anak » Thu Jan 18, 2024 11:44 pm

Listened to the album yesterday and it's nuts. This track is great in particular, I think a lot of you won't be expecting how it'll sound
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby childwithlepro » Fri Jan 19, 2024 12:05 am

Akoma features some of the past century’s most revered artists. ‘Borealis’ twitches and pulsates like a boa slithering through contorted sounds, with thousandfold beat switches in constant flux chopping up flutes and vocals from Björk.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Simontreal » Fri Jan 19, 2024 12:43 am

Listened to the album yesterday and it's nuts. This track is great in particular, I think a lot of you won't be expecting how it'll sound
could you describe it a bit ? we could say it is similar to which track or which remix ?
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby arucinluv » Fri Jan 19, 2024 12:48 am

Listened to the album yesterday and it's nuts. This track is great in particular, I think a lot of you won't be expecting how it'll sound
does she sing? or is it just sample her voice?
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby jp4151 » Fri Jan 19, 2024 2:47 am

according to bleep, the track is 4:06 in length
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby cowboy » Fri Jan 19, 2024 5:21 am

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
No spoilers, please :oops:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby epicurus » Fri Jan 19, 2024 9:25 am

Spoilers please
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Apex » Fri Jan 19, 2024 11:25 am

Listened to the album yesterday and it's nuts. This track is great in particular, I think a lot of you won't be expecting how it'll sound
how could you already listen to it? :shifty:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby epicurus » Fri Jan 19, 2024 12:35 pm

The album will be out 22 march
- is kinda early for someone to have already listened to it
- also, maybe borealis is a single to be released earlier, fingers crossed
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby odduck » Fri Jan 19, 2024 2:16 pm

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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby childwithlepro » Sat Jan 20, 2024 1:39 am

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
No spoilers, please :oops:
Spoilers please
spoilers for some, miniature american flags for others.

i don't think you can really spoil a song without listening to it (ok maybe the lyrics) but everything on this topic is public information from the official press release of the album. go figure out what a song that "twitches and pulsates like a boa slithering through contorted sounds" actually means...

btw, bleep has a combo of 2×LP Gold vinyl + WAV / FLAC download + a Jlin Mix For Bleep by Mike Paradinas, aka µ-Ziq (remixer of hunter) in a Cassette tape. Limited to 100.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby jp4151 » Sat Jan 20, 2024 1:51 am

btw, bleep has a combo of 2×LP Gold vinyl + WAV / FLAC download + a Jlin Mix For Bleep by Mike Paradinas, aka µ-Ziq (remixer of hunter) in a Cassette tape. Limited to 100.
paradinas' label, planet mu, is releasing the record. i suspect the cassette mix tape will be this bleep mix paradinas created in 2017:

https://bleep.com/bleep-mix-2-MIKE-paradinas?lang=en_US

that's an assumption, of course. not gospel
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Anak » Sat Jan 20, 2024 11:27 pm

everything on this topic is public information from the official press release of the album. go figure out what a song that "twitches and pulsates like a boa slithering through contorted sounds" actually means...
Just to be clear, this isn't an "official press release" but rather my own writing and interpretation of the album for Bleep as a product description. The actual PR (the one I received before announce) you can find on the Bandcamp description

I searched for possible meanings of the word "akoma" and found two definitions. One was the "Malagasy ground boa", which I don't think Jlin was referring to but the track definitely does slither :wink:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby mookid » Sun Jan 21, 2024 6:14 pm

everything on this topic is public information from the official press release of the album. go figure out what a song that "twitches and pulsates like a boa slithering through contorted sounds" actually means...
Just to be clear, this isn't an "official press release" but rather my own writing and interpretation of the album for Bleep as a product description. The actual PR (the one I RECEIVED before announce) you can find on the Bandcamp description

I searched for possible meanings of the word "akoma" and found two definitions. One was the "Malagasy ground boa", which I don't think Jlin was referring to but the track definitely does slither :wink:

to me, it's the best description of an unreleased track ever; I can feel it and almost hear it. espacially for a jlin track. the fast repetitions fading in and out, from front to back, left to right, while the sounds are morphing and ever-changing... now i'm wondering if björk is singing a full line. ;)

i'm a fan of planet mu since '98; in the early 2000's i was buying every releases and i bought the first jlin's album in NYc at rough trade shop after björk's afternoon show in 2015. i saw jlin live at funkhaus in berlin on the symphonic sound system during red bull music fest in 2018. she is amazing. i can't wait!
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby venus » Tue Jan 23, 2024 12:01 pm


i searched for possible meanings of the word "akoma" and found two definitions. one was the "malagasy ground boa", which i don't think jlin was referring to but the track definitely does slither :wink:
i thought that was ακόμα (transliteration akoma) from greek :love: like 'yet'.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby CU830 » Wed Jan 24, 2024 9:47 am

Akoma means “heart” in Akan, the main non-colonial language spoken in present-day ghana and one of the African languages the enslaved diaspora brought over to the americas.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby cowboy » Wed Feb 07, 2024 11:31 pm

'borealis' is track 3 here:


i think "borealis" starts around 5:00? (is hard to tell because the previous track is also unreleased), but there we can hear some samples, maybe that's björk? sounds mental btw :hyper: :dizzy:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Anak » Thu Feb 08, 2024 11:03 pm

I think "borealis" starts around 5:00? (is hard to tell because the previous track is also unreleased), but there we can hear some samples, maybe that's björk? sounds mental btw :hyper: :dizzy:
Yup that's the one. Pretty sure Björk is on flute and vocals which have all been chopped up, the credits just say they both wrote and produced
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Apex » Sat Feb 10, 2024 8:00 pm

not my cup of tea. :shifty:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby childwithlepro » Sun Feb 11, 2024 3:27 am

yeah, boomer.
i know the chopping is part of jlin's signature - she's good at that, but i was expecting a proper collaboration with actual singing and not just sampling.
could this be a sample of not get? (the "it is my chance to heal" part)
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby jp4151 » Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:29 am

to me the flutes sound like it sampled Sue Me. or it could be an original composition.

keep in mind this mix by mike paradinas was uploaded months ago, so most likely Bjork's vocals aren't here (withheld for the final release). and either way, we're only hearing 2 minutes of the track, so this isn't what we'll hear in the final album

that being said, it doesn't sound like anything mind blowing. the first single from jlin's album does sound great so i'm holding judgement until the song comes out
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby odduck » Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:45 am

keep in mind this mix by mike paradinas was uploaded months ago, so most likely Bjork's vocals aren't here (withheld for the final release). and either way, we're only hearing 2 minutes of the track, so this isn't what we'll hear in the final album
5 more weeks of hope :blackduck:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby epicurus » Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:12 am

Still hoping for a pre album single release
And tbh, hope 10000% better then her taken on arisen my senses, because that was meehhhh in my opinion
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Anak » Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:04 am

Keep in mind this mix by mike paradinas was uploaded months ago, so most likely Bjork's vocals aren't here (withheld for the final release). and either way, we're only hearing 2 minutes of the track, so this isn't what we'll hear in the final album
Spoilers spoilers, but no, that is pretty much how the song sounds. There's some dialogue samples but other than that no more by way of vocals. I don't think it's a sample of existing songs, I think Björk performed it for this occasion, but I don't actually know

Either way I would highly recommend listening to the whole album, it's a really incredible update on Jlin's sound and cements her as a composer as well as producer
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Anak » Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:04 am

Also buy it on Bleep and contribute to my paycheck ;D
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby jp4151 » Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:20 am

Keep in mind this mix by mike paradinas was uploaded months ago, so most likely Bjork's vocals aren't here (withheld for the final release). and either way, we're only hearing 2 minutes of the track, so this isn't what we'll hear in the final album
Spoilers spoilers, but no, that is pretty much how the song sounds. There's some dialogue samples but other than that no more by way of vocals. I don't think it's a sample of existing songs, I think Björk performed it for this occasion, but I don't actually know

Either way I would highly recommend listening to the whole album, it's a really incredible update on Jlin's sound and cements her as a composer as well as producer
that's dissapointing. but thanks for the heads up. got some preorders to cancel
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby ekkert » Mon Feb 12, 2024 4:38 pm

from a review in the new issue of "the wire" magazine (issue 481, page 48):
"borealis" is a perfect way in, the beat swerving between dub and a weird kind of afrobeat-in-negative, tiny eruptive shards of björk's guest vocal scattered through the low end heaviness.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby arucinluv » Wed Mar 20, 2024 10:28 pm

i listened to the song in the listening party and it doesn't feature björk's voice, it's just a sample of some dialogue

tbh I wasn't expecting much from this song
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby digitalsky » Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:30 pm

it just sounds like courtship to me
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby cowboy » Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:47 am

listening to the album right now on bandcamp. it's awesome...!
i love when björk works with other musicians as a musician/composer not only as a singer, because she's much more than that :love:
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby kiknos » Tue Mar 26, 2024 12:31 pm

I listened to half of the album yesterday and I was underwhelmed. so much so that I realised at some point that i wasn't paying any attention and just doomscrolling.

i'll give it another go, maybe i was not in the right mood, but i can't say that so far it has caught my attention.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Anak » Tue Mar 26, 2024 11:08 pm

I listened to half of the album yesterday and I was underwhelmed. so much so that I realised at some point that i wasn't paying any attention and just doomscrolling.

i'll give it another go, maybe i was not in the right mood, but i can't say that so far it has caught my attention.
I actually felt this way listening to Black Origami when it came out, felt like it was a bit plain and wrote it off. Then she released Embryo in 2021 which was nuts so I went back to it and realised how good it was. I can see how someone might find her music a bit samey if you're not used to it though
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby cowboy » Wed Mar 27, 2024 4:14 am

Jlin told that björk sent her the vocals, no mention of the flute-like sounds, so maybe those are just samples/synths?
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby paganpoet » Wed Mar 27, 2024 3:22 pm

Meh.

when 'náttúra' was released as a "feat. thom yorke" you can actually hear it's his wails and yelps in the background. So I could forgive that for being a bit of a cheeky marketing. But If they didn't shamelessly milk that 'Borealis' was a "feat. Björk", you'd never know she was even part of it.

The track is... OK... on it's own merits. But There's just something too incoherent yet still formulaic about Jlin's sound that I just can't get on board with generally. But this is Massively misleading marketing and disappointing to say the least.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby kiknos » Thu Mar 28, 2024 2:45 pm

Meh.

when 'náttúra' was released as a "feat. thom yorke" you can actually hear it's his wails and yelps in the background. So I could forgive that for being a bit of a cheeky marketing. But If they didn't shamelessly milk that 'Borealis' was a "feat. Björk", you'd never know she was even part of it.

The track is... OK... on it's own merits. But There's just something too incoherent yet still formulaic about Jlin's sound that I just can't get on board with generally. But this is Massively misleading marketing and disappointing to say the least.
i think it's also just a bit of a latest trend helped by streaming services and the like. i have noticed that there's more and more newer artists that have tracks "feat" 12 other artists. I guess back in the day when you had to fit all the people involved in the mtv superimposed text you'd just cut it short. Now you have the space and possibility to reach more people, so why not.

Most are going to listen to this song for virtually free on a streaming platform anyway, so you might as well tap into the reach.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby epicurus » Mon Apr 01, 2024 11:56 am

I find it weird that bjork didn’t bring this to the attention on social media
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby Apex » Tue Apr 02, 2024 7:14 pm

maybe because there´s almost nothing björk with it.
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Re: jlin featuring björk: "borealis" (out march 22nd)

Postby kiknos » Wed Apr 03, 2024 7:31 am

well, the good news (for me) is that jlin is gonna play in Cologne later this month and i am going :hyper:
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