“Rainforth’s new work comprises rich, blurry lullabies which ow sonorously through space, dripping searching keys over shu ing rhythms and, of course, Rainforth’s piercing but pining vocal. It’s a sweeping, ambient sound which recalls another strand of 80s alternative in the otherworldly ethereal wave of Liz Fraser’s work with This Mortal Coil, or even the contemporary avant-pop of Zola Jesus or Glasser. 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..” Geraint David - Crack Magazine
Original co-founder of post punkers Maximum Joy, Janine Rainforth returned to performing her music in public in 2014 after an absence of more than two decades. She records and produces her music from her home studio in East London. Rainforth released her first solo single “Have Brave Heart” in May 2015. She spearheaded the reforming of Maximum Joy in 2015 to perform at Simple Things, Bristol. Since then she has formed a new out t, MXMJoY, with whom she was invited to perform at Dimensions Festival 2018. Janine also makes mixes and DJ guest slots – rst outing was for NTS December 2017. Cera Khin invited her to guest on her July '18 Noods Radio show, with more radio mixes in the pipeline.
”Marrying digital technologies with found sounds and otherworldly vocals, she’s dabbling in ambient crescendos and synth-laden melodies to maximum effect.” M Magazine“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 ..and you’ll hear another side of her: a soft soprano background coo, It’s a quality you won’t find in any of their contemporaries.” Philip Sherburne – Best Reissue Pitchfork