Boomkat Product Review:
Rudest footwork from the Chi’s Jana Rush, coming on strong with a 2nd album full of thee tuffest bass pressure, also starring guest chops from DJ Paypal and Nancy Fortune
Stepping over to Planet Mu some 25 years after she debuted on Dance Mania as “The Youngest Female DJ,” Jana trades in her hardest, most uncompromising styles in a totally classic, psychosexual tradition of Chicago dance trax. From the literal tracks titles such as ‘Moanin’,’ ‘G-Spot’ and ’Suicidal Ideation’ to her liberal use of orgasmic vox throughout the record, it’s possibly not one for the family BBQ, and maybe even get you a few funny looks if listening on headphones on the bus, but otherwise it’s properly grown up shit for fwd ravers.
Right up there with footwork’s best albums from RP Boo to Jlin and DJ Rashad, ‘Painful Enlightenment’ is also the style’s most distinctive and personalised long player. Like we say, it’s seriously steeped in Chicago’s legendary history of boundary pushing Black music, lately apparent in the killer sax honk of ‘Moanin’’ and implied by the Lil Louis-esque synth squirt in ’Suicidal Ideation’ (quite possibly footwork’s longest track at 9’) that also squirms around the killer footwork jazz of her title track and ‘G-Spot.’
In classic album style, it’s not just a bunch of bangers stitched together, either. The sequencing smartly uses the jazz sensuality to set up her freakiest expression in the beastly ‘Disorientation’ and psychosexual pressure of ‘Mynd Fuc,’ before her collaborators help place her sound way out in front, as with DJ Paypal’s assistance on the swingeing killer ‘Intergalactic Battle’ and their supremely warped closer ‘Just A Taste,’ with synth-pop singer Nancy Fortune really getting down on the writhing badness of ‘Drivin’ Me Insane.’