AOTY 2023

Painful Enlightenment

Jana Rush - Painful Enlightenment
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #88 / 752
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
Liked by 1 person
August 13, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Planet Mu / Label
Juke, Footwork / Genre
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Loud and Quiet

Painful Enlightenment feels like a rewarding, groundbreaking footwork record for daring not to sound much like footwork at all.

The Guardian

The Chicago producer finds new emotional depths to the footwork genre, confronting depression and overwork in stunningly original music.


The veteran Chicago footwork producer tests the genre’s stylistic limits on a bracing, sometimes harrowing album that documents her struggles with depression.


I can feel it in every cell of my helpless body.


somewhat interesting, haha.


Not at all the experimentation I needed. Has no kind of focus and the worst possible pairings of moods and different movement of things. Not much is chatty enough, seemingly slowed down morse code. Many failed dance energies and really poor usage of different samples/color. Not much strength in these beats or well done articulation. Very rigid grooves all around. Barely any development onto anything remotely intriguing.

The wailing sax on “Moanin’” does sort of work, mainly ... read more

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Track List

  1. Moanin'
  2. Suicidal Ideation
  3. Painful Enlightenment
  4. G-Spot
  5. Disturbed
  6. Disorientation
  7. Mynd Fuc
  8. Intergalactic Battle (feat. DJ Paypal)
  9. Drivin' Me Insane (feat. Nancy Fortune)
  10. 3
  11. Just a Taste (feat. DJ Paypal)

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Added on: August 10, 2021