11 years after making her debut on Dance Mania, the Chicago footwork producer and DJ delivers her first LP
Jana Rush, also known as JARu, has been interested in the Chicago dance scene since the age of ten, when she first started to ‘DJ’. She began producing only three years later, releasing a split record with DJ Deeon on the house label Dance Mania in 1996 followed by a solo EP on Contaminated Muzik in 1998. After taking a break from music making to concentrate on her studies, Rush then joined Objects Limited, a Brighton, UK based label ran by Lara Rix-Martin for female identifying and non-binary electronic producers. In 2016 Rush dropped “MPC 7635”, reviewed in The Wire 388, via the Objects Limited Bandcamp.
Similarly well rooted in the footwork sound, Rush now presents her debut album Pariah. “Rush has maintained a quite incredible purity of expression. While this has all the spare palette, tracky repetition and verging-on-panic rhythmic complexity of footwork, there is a sense of care about every detail that makes pleasure override bamboozlement,” wrote Joe Muggs, reviewing the album in The Wire 402.