Welcome back to WTF! Your midweek dosage of something or someone you may have missed in the releases of the early week.
‘It’s kinda fresh you listen to more than Hip Hop.’
It’s a well known fact that despite my first of love of Hip Hop that I have a shorty on the side, and her name is House. This flavor shorty is the kind that hails from the Chi, has a jackin’ swagger, and isn’t afraid to get funky when the time comes. Having not seen shorty in a while, it was definitely a WTF moment when I was reintroduced to her by today’s featured artist’s newest release.
A throwback of sorts to that Funky Chicago Style House of the late 90′s and early 00′s, the track …
Before mega events like Ultra Fest, EDC and Electric Zoo turned EDM into big business (again), a little upstart festival called Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) denied all of the odds and brought the sounds of techno and house to the struggling metropolis for all to enjoy. Now in it’s 13th year, the gathering renamed Movement continues to buck the trends by offering a unique overview of global electronic music that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our performer picks for 2012 aren’t all of the biggest names on the line-up, but give yourself a chance to catch something you won’t find on every other event listing in the world.
Perennial favorite Mark Farina has rocked many a dance floor, but for a generation of party kids, his contributions to the after party are just as significant. The DJs Mushroom Jazz series was the soundtrack to many the “morning after,” and virtually became it’s own genre of downtempo, acid jazz, trip-hop and other slow and soulful beats. Don’t miss this rare public performance of tunes the SF legend usually reserves for private playing. (Saturday, Main Stage, 3-5) …MORE
Our pal DJ Nutritious is making a rare trek to San Francisco this weekend, playing shows on Dec. 1 (w/ Fred Everything and Olivier Desmet at the W Hotel) and 3rd (w/ Mark Farina and J Boogie at Mighty), and he sent us a nice exclusive mix to get us in the mood for his distinct American house sound. Download Body Out Of Control Three, and if you happen to be in the Bay Area, get over to one (or both) of these gigs.
Mark Farina is a jack of all trades but the Mushroom Jazz series has been one of his most prominent and most sought after releases. It’s a bit rare to get someone from Chicago to make something so minimal. Chicago in a way feels the second city tag and tries to fight it by being exuberant (with our wholesome please and thank you’s) which defines much of the Chicago culture but not Mark. I sat down with Mark Farina to discuss the old days when Chicago was grimier but a bit more alive than it is today.
Mix series never die. They just move fewer units. We’ll admit that our personal catalog of Mark Farina‘s Mushroom Jazz stops around number three or four, but those early CDs are still pretty definative (and still a good listen.)
For the past 15 years, Farina has championed a style of DJing that hovers easily between hip-hop, jazz, house and down-tempo. He showcased this eclectic sound throughout the early ’90s on mixtapes and at his Jazid Up parties in San Francisco, eventually coining the term Mushroom Jazz with his first official compilation in 1996. The style has since become his calling card, and has characterized dozens of records and commercial mixes, including a contribution to the FabricMushroom Jazz 7 stays true to form, cruising through nearly 20 mellow breaks and R&B-flavored tunes …