Connect

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
During the late '90s and early 2000s, you could divide Mark Farina's mix albums into to distinct categories: the all-over-the-place Mushroom Jazz albums and the relatively straightforward other albums. Connect certainly falls into the latter category, being not part of the popular Mushroom Jazz series and relatively straightforward in comparison. Thus, you get here much what you'd get if you saw Farina spin at a big club during the time Om released this mix in 2002 -- a linear house mix that's more funky than deep and definitely intended for dancing rather than chilling. However, since Farina had already released a few of these sort of mixes over the years -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
During the late '90s and early 2000s, you could divide Mark Farina's mix albums into to distinct categories: the all-over-the-place Mushroom Jazz albums and the relatively straightforward other albums. Connect certainly falls into the latter category, being not part of the popular Mushroom Jazz series and relatively straightforward in comparison. Thus, you get here much what you'd get if you saw Farina spin at a big club during the time Om released this mix in 2002 -- a linear house mix that's more funky than deep and definitely intended for dancing rather than chilling. However, since Farina had already released a few of these sort of mixes over the years -- predecessors including his United DJ's of America 2001, San Francisco Sessions 1999, and Seasons One 1996 mixes -- he feels compelled to get a bit more experimental than normal on Connect. Thus, he begins the album with some rather odd Latin-style tracks before finally getting down to business around track four or so. Farina again takes his mix into odd territory about ten tracks in, setting the stage for his own production and obvious album highlight, "Radio." The track is a bit anti-climactic given its buildup and certainly is unlike anything else on the album; however, Farina pulls the mix back together a few tracks later and concludes gloriously with Kaskade's "A Brighter Day," a wonderfully traditional-sounding vocal house track. Though the end of Connect is indeed glorious, there are quite a few spots where you feel quite disconnected as a listener, particularly the shaky beginning and when Farina's own "Radio" plays out for nearly eight minutes. These aforementioned moments make Connect one of Farina's less impressive mixes, even if it is one of his more confident non-Mushroom Jazz ones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Om Records
  • UPC: 600353020320
  • Catalog Number: 30203
  • Sales rank: 247,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:09)
  2. 2 Boca de BondoneĆ²n - Latin Impressions (6:13)
  3. 3 Salsa Fresca - The Sexicanz (2:15)
  4. 4 Future Signs - Swirl People (6:01)
  5. 5 Work It Out - Joshua (5:46)
  6. 6 Rise - Kenny Carvajal (4:45)
  7. 7 You Suck - Avondale Music Society (2:24)
  8. 8 Really Don't Stop - Derek Conyer (4:22)
  9. 9 Vuelve a Casa - Halo, Penn & Chus (4:16)
  10. 10 Seven of Nine - Andrew Macari (4:01)
  11. 11 Jiffy Pop - Brett Johnson (7:32)
  12. 12 Radio (7:09)
  13. 13 Yokoona Skateboard 2 (1:45)
  14. 14 Don't Let Anyone - Kicksquad (3:31)
  15. 15 Right On (Can 7 Taste the Music) - Silicone Soul (3:16)
  16. 16 A Brighter Day - Kaskade (6:02)
  17. 17 With You - Sirus (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Farina Primary Artist
Olivier Portal Keyboards
Swirl People Track Performer
Silicone Soul Track Performer
Marc Leymann Saxophone
John Redmond Vocals
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Producer
Nikki Producer
Terrell Producer
Rebeca Producer
Ramiro Producer
Craig Poole Producer
Victor Simonelli Producer
Mark Farina Arranger, Producer
Martin Venetjoki Producer
Mustafa Contributor
Andrew Macari Producer
Raoul Belmans Producer
Dimitri Dewever Producer
Craig Morrison Producer
Dirk Producer
Levant Canseven Producer, Remixing
Guido Craveiro Producer, Remixing
Kaskade Producer
Graeme Reedie Producer
Finn Bjarson Producer
Brett Johnson Producer
Om Family Producer
Rob Davis Vocal Producer
Chris Producer
Henry Sarmiento Engineer
Paul Trapani Cover Photo
Kenny Carvajal Producer
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