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Ministry's Minstrel: Mark Farina to release next 'Ministry Of Sound Sessions'

Author: TranZnews
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Mark Farina To Release "Ministry Of Sound Sessions" on August 15

"I look at my job as a modern day traveling minstrel, to bring new music to as many places as I can, and expose obscure records that, otherwise, might go hidden." Mark Farina

New York - Ministry Of Sound proudly presents Sessions - Mark Farina's first ever mix album for the pioneering UK label. Mark Farina is yet another renowned figure of inspiration for the acclaimed Sessions series which has seen releases from Josh Wink, Steve Angello and DJ Sneak earlier this year. One of America's most revered DJs, Mark has pulled all the stops out for this one with nearly 40 tracks of absolute jackin' house madness!

Mark Farina has been a figurehead of the US house scene for over 15 years, first cutting his teeth in the now legendary Chicago/Detroit scene in the late eighties. Working closely with such luminaries as Derrick Carter, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Nazuka, Mark utilized his tight connections and signed to KMS Records in '89 under the Symbols & Instruments moniker and produced a landmark track called 'Mood' - the first ambient house track ever made. From there he went on to pioneer the Mushroom Jazz genre in San Francisco, championing a more mellow style of jazzy house and early hip-hop that soon became an international sensation.

In 2003, with 4 Mushroom Jazz and 4 Chicago house DJ mixed compilations along with numerous singles already under his belt, Mark released his debut artist album 'Air Farina' to widespread critical acclaim. Mark's remix skills are also highly in demand from top labels such as Verve and Classic. Farina has now sold well over 100,000 albums worldwide.

For the 'Sessions' series Mark decided to show his full range of jackin' beats and the result is a master class in mixing, seamlessly taking the mix up and down, combining deep vocals with rolling drum rhythms and upfront electronics, but maintaining a classic house backbone.

Mark will be doing a full world-tour to promote this release, which sees him stopping off in Europe, Australia, Asia and of course America.

U.S. Live Dates
June 16 New York @ Pacha
June 17 Chicago @ Metro
June 23 SF @ Mezzanine [OM]
June 24 LA [San Bernadino] @ Electric Daisy
July 1 Philadelphia @ BANG Shampoo
July 21 SF @ Mezzanine [OM/Massive Selector]
July 22 LA [downtown] @ Giant Village
July 28 Houston @ M Bar
July 29 Dallas @ Seven

Sessions Track listing

Disc 1
1. Colossus Feat. Hylton Smythe - "Thrupenny Bits (King Kooba's Thrupenny Glitch Mix)"
2. Lil' Mark - "What-"
3. Jamanta Crew - "Jazz Band"
4. Pool Party aka Nick Chacona - "Pool Party (Joshua Mix)"
5. 012 - "Going To A Show (LCG Mix)"
6. Uneaq - "Jealousy"
7. The Juan McLean - "Give Me Every Little Thing (Cajmere Mix)"
8. Troydon & Joey Youngman - "Take Chances"
9. Loopity Goofs - "Melting"
10. Chuck Love - "Something Right (JT Donaldson Dub)"
11. Bryan Jones - "Let It Go"
12. Slater Hogan & Chuck Daniels - "Stay Tuned"
13. Iz & Diz - "Happy (Strip Mix)"
14. Project Kidz - "Family Clone"
15. Leon Louder - "Do It Again"
16. Homero Espinosa - "Can You Feel Me-"
17. Mark Farina - "The Watch"
18. Joss Moog - "Room 25"

Disc 2
1. Joss Moog - "Room 25"
2. Layo & Bushwacka - "Life 2 Live (Jesse Rose Remix)"
3. Late Night Society - "Rebalance"
4. Joey Youngman - "Desperation"
5. Tracy Cooper Feat. Greenskeepers - "Are You Hip (Greenskeepers Remix)"
6. Mark Farina - "Bringin' It Back"
7. Mike Steele - "Does Not Compute"
8. Gavin Boyce - "So Obvious"
9. DJ Sneak - "React Dat Booty"
10. Chris Carrier - "Sure Shot"
11. Iz & Diz - "Mouth GK Revisit"
12. Jabwai - "16 Tons (JT Donaldson Mix)"
13. Michael Scott - "Do It Down (Magik Johnson Remix)"
14. Bryan Jones - "Change My World (Jason Hodges Jazz