Selections: Golin

Welcome back to Selections, a series of exclusive artist-curated playlists from those in the know.

In between touring with dancers and choreographers, singer-producer Golin – real name Rin Suemitsu – crafts extraterrestrial pop with helium-high vocals. Born in Tagawa, Japan, before later moving to the US, Suemitsu’s journey overseas is imprinted into her own productions, which explores and attempts to preserve her childhood memories of Japan. First learning to play music on the piano as a child, Suemitsu’s classically trained ear seeps into her work, with her debut EP Momo – released via Belgian label Midlife Music in 2017 – comprised of bouncy J-pop inspired rhythms.

Aside from her own work, the producer is an associated artist of the multidisciplinary space Beursschouwburg in Brussels, and has previously soundtracked Helena Dietrich’s immersive installation Elastic Habitat in Leuven.

In line with the exploration of her heritage through sound, Golin’s exclusive playlist for Crack Magazine opens with a Japanese anime track, and features a spectrum of sounds from Japanese artists. There’s her own productions, cuts from rapper KOHH, Aoki Takamasa and Tujiko Noriko combined with PJ Harvey and Mica Levi. Listen below.

Golin is an alumnus of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU