Unsung house and footwork pioneer Jana Rush details her debut, DJ Earl previews Manny’s Greenlight LP and Fracture rolls out a new mix.
Chicago’s Jana Rush learned how to DJ at age 10, with the help of Gant-Man and Jam Master K. Though she eventually pivoted to a career as a chemical engineer and CAT scan technologist, the music never left her. With a trove of unreleased original tracks, Rush released her MPC 7635 EP (under the name Ja Ru) in 2016, and a few months ago her debut album, Pariah, which she discusses with DJ Earl over the phone from her Midwest home. While Jana Rush’s first full-length arrives 20 years into her career, DJ Manny will come out with his third album, Greenlight, next month. Primarily featuring his own vocals — instead of samples — and guest spots from bhangra champion DJ Lucky and Teklife’s DJ Taye and DJ Chap, the 10-track LP is an immersive lesson in quicksilver rhythms and melodic elegance. On this episode of Teklife’s monthly show, DJ Earl premieres the album nearly in its entirety before closing the program with a head-swimming mix of straight rippers from UK drum & bass innovator Fracture.