Chicago born and raised, Jana Rush started DJing at the tender age of ten. She started producing just three years later, influenced by DJ Deeon, with whom she released with on Dance Mania in 1996. After taking a break from music, Rush re-entered the scene with 2016's MPC 7635 EP, released on Objects Ltd., receiving attention for her mind-bending drum acrobatics. She then kicked off Objects Limited’s 2017 year with her debut release, Pariah, an album rooted in Chicago's footwork sound but with a myriad of other influences, including as jungle, acid, soul, jazz, and house.
Pariah kicks off with "Midline Shift", whose breathy, clipped erotic vocals intertwine with a pulsing bass and dry 808 rims, creating a shimmering robotic effect. Moving on, the frantic "Beat Maze" confuses the mind with rushes of white noise and interlocking snares.
Changing the scene, "Divine" is sweetly soporific and charming; a beautiful, almost eerie track. The pace picks right back up with "??? ??", whose warbling jazz clarinets cut into a juke bounce. The stripped back beats of "Break It" give some room to breathe before the croaking bass and distorted acid of "No Fuks Given".
"Old Skool" is exactly what you'd expect; its sample syncopated around a feverish rhythm throughout. Both "Rapid Fire" and "Acid Tech 2" are bangers, hitting you deep in that sweet spot. Jana brings it back down with "CPU" 's computer noises and sub bass hits. "Chill Mode" gives time for reflection after all that fire, but it's no ambient track; theres still that Chi-Town vibe.
We finish with "Frenetic Snare" whose Amen breaks will have Brits thinking of jungle, though it's a different beast altogether.
"The footwork album of the year." (Mixmag)
"Rush has maintained a quite incredible purity of expression." (The Wire)
"...one of footwork's most exciting breakthrough artists." (Resident Advisor)
"The way Rush is able to weave in-and-out of ghetto house, soul, acid, footwork and jungle modes is as impressive as it is effortless – Pariah should be heralded as an example of how it’s done." (FACT Magazine)
"Spread across the album are various influences of Rush’s, from jazz and soul through to acid house and rapid-fire jungle (‘Frenetic Snare’ is an astonishing closer), folded in through expert sample use and a keenness to switch-up the rhythmic structures she's working with." (The Quietus)
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