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This is the web-site of Janine Rainforth, original founder of post-punk band Maximum Joy, and of MXMJoY!

I selected some tracks for NTS Radio May 2020 - link here image

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Janine spoke to Haseeb Iqbal and played some tunes on his first chat and music radio show for Worldwide FM ](

"Janine Rainforth - the cult post-punk hero confronting sexual violence" Interview by Charlotte Richardson Andrews for the Guardian enter image description here

Check out some of Rainforth's curated shows on NTS Radio and Noods Radio - on her Mixcloud here ! enter image description here

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Rainforth's MXMJoY first album release P.E.A.C.E.

"feels like a celebration of togetherness ..sliding, airy vocals, lending a spooky quality to the tracks, like a ghost slipping in and out between worlds" Crack Magazine 7/10

4/5 Guardian Music & in Guardian's top 50 for March

“Janine Rainforth’s singing, probably my all-time favourite vocal take, seems to combine an ageless English folk sensibility with both a teenager’s innocence/insouciance and a smoked-out drowsy jazz maturity well beyond her years.” (Blackest Ever Black ) Rewind Fwd

"As Rainforth forges a new musical future, it’s important not to divorce it from her fearless and catalytic past...Releasing these long-gestated ideas into the public sphere, and especially returning to the stage after over two decades, took some guts. "Gawaint, Crack Magazine

"Marrying digital technologies with found sounds and otherworldly vocals, she’s dabbling in ambient crescendos and synth-laden melodies to maximum effect." - M Magazine

An unreleased track made in 2011 - "Beast" - is now available on Janine's Bandcamp page here:

“It’s singer Janine Rainforth that best embodies Maximum Joy’s exuberance: Having co-founded the group when she was just 18 years old, she channeled her inspirations…..into her own shape-shifting style. …Listen closely, though, and you’ll hear another side of her: a soft soprano background coo, diffuse as a pastel-colored mist. ….her airy tone lends a uniquely spooky quality to the song, like a ghost haunting the dancehall. It’s a quality you won’t find in any of their contemporaries.” Philip Sherburne – Best Reissue Pitchfork Silent Street Records Bandcamp page stream Silent Street here Janine Rainforth on the front of Maximum Joy's first release and on this reissue

Rainforth was invited with her old band Maximum Joy to play at Simple Things, Bristol October 2015 - Rainforth & Byron at Simple Things 2015

From there she formed MXMJoY with another former member, Charlie Llewellin and other new players - they released their first album P.E.A.C.E. February 2019.

video 'Rumination of Us'

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