Despite a decade of San Francisco-living, Mark Farina plays like he never left Cook County. “Sessions,” his new two-disc mix for Ministry of Sound, drops no less than forty tracks of boompty jack styled out with inflections of jazz, disco and acid. Soulful vocals texturize bouncing basslines, while different characters snippets punctuate funk-born grooves. Ever the Chicago kid, he says he wanted his first project for the pioneering UK-label to sound like “an old mix that you would find at Gramaphone. It’s a double mix-CD, so I tried to make it like a tape you would flip over,” he pauses then adds, “with some new underground stuff to keep things fresh.” If the twin goals of fresh and old seem difficult to reconcile, imagine what the Hall & Oates gem “Can’t Go For That” would sound like spliced into the structure of a lascivious booty jam and you’ve got the idea. One of the world’s absolute best house DJs plays with James Curd and J-Dub who don’t exactly suck either. It will be humanly impossible to not have a good time at this joint. (Melissa Lane)
August 4 at Smart Bar.