Chicago born and raised, it’s safe to say that Jana Rush is deeply familiar with the inner-mechanics of footwork, the exciting house mutations that have shaped the sonic identity of the windy city. Her 2017 album Pariah was a masterclass in the dynamic tension between frantic subbass and spacious headroom; a footwork masterpiece that brought the genre to new heights. With Jana’s most recent album, the 2021 Planet Mu release Painful Enlightenment, her craft is becoming even more distinct. Letting loose some of the more conventional rhythmic characteristics of the Chicago sound and incorporating challenging jazz samples, Painful Enlightenment is a deeply personal work that’s well-versed in both the world of footwork and experimental electronic music.
Jana Rush performs on Saturday 9 April.