—01. Portrait by Han Dasom.
—02. EP cover art.
Can any music really be new at this point? It seems unlikely on one hand, yet on the other, the climate of the industry, the internet and the accessibility to software today is creating a group of musicians and producers that sound new to me. House, drone, drum and bass, R&B and hip-hop feel more like reference points than categories sometimes, as the blending and blurring of sounds continue to evolve. Spending most of his time in Toronto, JIIN released a 7-track EP entitled Cult Hymns last week, and it's another example of this progression. Of course the idea of mixing genres isn't a recent thing, but the output of an increasingly young and talented generation is really interesting, and if nothing else, they have me excited about music again.