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JANA RUSH ‘Painful Enlightenment’

Aug 17, 2021 | Electronica, Reviews

Unrelenting 21st century beat artistry

Kicking off with what could be a visitation from Albert Ayler being accompanied by a glitchy beat, we already know we’re not in Kansas anymore. This unorthodox free jazz jam session is the opening salvo from Jana Rush, a veteran of the Chicago scene, for Painful Enlightenment. And, whilst there are undertones of her home town’s beloved beats, this sets out on an alternative path. With each track seemingly tackling a fresh knotty insurmountable issue, Rush goes to work. Track titles Suicidal Ideation and Mynd Fuc are evidence enough of the task in hand. The churning turmoil is in full effect as each dilemma is put under a 21st century beat microscope, and the free flowing artistry sizzles and sparks with sonic healing. Despite being a patchwork of electronic textures, this unrelenting, and bewildering album, could be the most human release you’ll hear all year. 

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