Mushroom Jazz

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Mushroom Jazz is a series of musical compilations by DJ Mark Farina. Originating in 1992 these were released on cassette tape, then since 1997 have been commercial CD and vinyl releases. Farina combines elements of downtempo, hip hop, jazz and R&B, French, Latin, beatmatching and mixing songs together. As with Farina's house mixes, the Mushroom Jazz series incorporates transitionary effects (such as a high pass filter) and a generally dry reverb tone.

Originally launched as a cassette series, the Mushroom Jazz tapes grew from the first Chicago run of 50 copies each on to the next stage, where 500 copies of several volumes were easily distributed and sought after.

As the acid jazz boom began, he perfected his sound and fused the newest tracks from the West Coast's jazzy, organic producers with the more urban sounds he had championed in Chicago. While the predominant musical force in San Francisco was still dark, dubby House and Wicked-style Breaks, the city embraced the downtempo movement with a healthy bunch of live bands and DJs generating the tunes.

Mark Farina, along with Patty Ryan-Smith, created the now legendary weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco in 1992. Every Monday night the crowd slowly germinated from 100 for the first few months to 600-700 two years later. As time passed, Farina and Patty put their energies into another project, the first Mushroom Jazz interactive CD-ROM for Om Records. After a three year run, where the club had established a fanatical, cult-like following for Farina and the Mushroom Jazz sound, the club closed its doors and transformed into a CD series and accompanying tours.

The seven commercial albums contain an array of artists including Chali 2na, Miguel Migs, People Under The Stairs, Colossus, and Pete Rock, as well as several original tracks by Farina.

Mushroom Jazz 7, the latest volume in the series, was released November 9, 2010.

Volume 1 (1996)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 1996
Recorded Note: There are two versions of Volume 1. This is the tracklist for the more common 71 min. mix. There is another earlier 45 min. version that includes the same 12 tracks but in a different order
Genre Instrumental hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 71:14
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
Volume 1
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  1. "Bosha Nova" - Mr. Electric Triangle
  2. "Remember Me" - Blue Boy
  3. "Get This" - Groove Nation
  4. "Pick Me Up" - Deadbeats feat. Isi Samuel
  5. "Gibby Music" - Apollo Grooves
  6. "Midnight Calling" - Naked Funk feat. Valerie Etienne
  7. "Midnight Calling" (Fly Amanita Remix) - Mark Farina
  8. "If We Lose Our Way" - Paul Johnson
  9. "In Hale" - Hydroponic Groove Sessions
  10. "Warm Chill" - Julius Papp
  11. "Music Use It" - Lalomie Washburn
  12. "Longevity" - J-Live

Volume 2 (1998)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz 2
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 1998
Genre Instrumental hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 78:10
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
Volume 2
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  1. "Then Came You" - Euphonic feat. Kevin Yost
  2. "Sandworms" - Andy Caldwell vs. Darkhorse
  3. "Piano Grand" - Tony D
  4. "That Time of Day (Again)" - Jaywalkers
  5. "Poppy's Song" - Big Muff
  6. "Made in the Shade" - Deadbeats
  7. "Cutee" - Spacehopper
  8. "Make ME Happy" (DJ Spinna Original Mix) - Cooly's Hot Box
  9. "If I Fall" (Jay's Urban Dub) - Naked Music NYC
  10. "How Sweet It Is" - Mr Scruff feat. Mark Rae
  11. "Liquid" (Instrumental) - L-Fudge
  12. "Sunday Night" - DJ Migs
  13. "Lyrics and Vibes" - Smoke No Bones
  14. "Un Pépé Dans La Dentelle" - Pépé Bradock
  15. Hidden track

Volume 3 (2001)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz 3
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 2001
Genre Instrumental hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 71:47
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
Volume 3
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  1. "California Suite" (Vagabond Mix) - King Kooba
  2. "De La Bass (Mousse T's Def Mix) (Instrumental)" - Raw Instinct
  3. "Vibrate" - The Basement Khemist
  4. "De La Bass (Mousse T's Def Mix) (Vocal)" - Raw Instinct
  5. "Relax Your Mind" - DJ Presto
  6. "Taste of Funk" - Mateo & Matos
  7. "Dedicated" - Dynamic Syncopation
  8. "Do It" - Daddy's Favourite
  9. "Flirtation" - Herb Alpert
  10. "Collage" - Urban Backcountry
  11. "Jazz Cop" (Mix: LP Version) - Gripper
  12. "Schooled in the Trade" - People Under The Stairs
  13. "Seven Steps Behind" - Polyrhythm Addicts
  14. "Trackrunners" - Unspoken Heard
  15. "Do It" (Instrumental) - Mountain Brothers
  16. "Rock Box" (Instrumental) - Que D
  17. "Sneakin'" - Jaffa
  18. "Streamline" - Slide 5
  19. "Philadelphia" - Bahamadia

Volume 4 (2002)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz, vol. 4
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 2002
Genre Instrumental hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 69:51
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
Volume 4
Review scores
Source Rating
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  1. "A Little Soul" (Petestrumental) - Pete Rock
  2. "Hot Bananas" - Scienz of Life
  3. "Suite for Beaver, Pt. 1" - People Under The Stairs
  4. "Truth In Position" - Maspyke
  5. "Chicago Babe" - Trankilou
  6. "Wiggle and Giggle" - Joshua
  7. "Shoplif" (Instrumental) - Ripshop feat. Mr Lif
  8. "Keep You Head Up" - Laurne'a
  9. "Original Beats" - DJ Slave
  10. "No" - Fat Jon
  11. "Mellow Soul Fruit" - Wick Wack
  12. "Listen" - Benny Blanko
  13. "Phone Tap" - Bernal Boogie
  14. "Irreconcilable" - Sub-Conscious
  15. "Seems to Know" - Julius Papp & Dave Warrin
  16. "Find Yourself" - Spacehopper
  17. "Seven Days" - Tek 9
  18. "Big Fish" - Dubble D
  19. "Bath Music" - Greyboy

Volume 5 (2005)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz 5
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 2005
Genre Hip hop, instrumental hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 67:45
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
Volume 5
Review scores
Source Rating
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  1. "Afros in Ya" - J Boogie's Dubtronic Science
  2. "The Tribute" - Colossus
  3. "Autumn's Evening Breeze" - The Sound Providers
  4. "Comin' Thru" - DJ Nu-Mark feat. Chali 2na
  5. "Come Down" - Red Astaire
  6. "Flow" (Fluid Instrumental Mix) - Zion I
  7. "Nostalgia" - DJ Spinna
  8. "Cali Spaces" (Original Mix) - Mark Farina
  9. "Funky For You" - Blu Bizness
  10. "Puttin' In Work" (Instrumental) - Wee Bee Foolish
  11. "Hollywood" - DJ Dez
  12. "Music Makes The World Go Round" - Jazz Liberatorz
  13. "Maintain" (Instrumental) - Strange Fruit Project
  14. "Back In '92" (Instrumental) - DJ Presto feat. Lowd
  15. "You Like My Style" - Shortie No Mass
  16. "Here's The Proof" - The Earl
  17. "Modern Women's Short Stories" - Jonny Alpha
  18. "The Kick Clap" (Instrumental) - Starving Artists Crew
  19. "It's A Love Thing" (Instrumental) - Pete Rock
  20. "The Yacht Club" - Thes One
  21. "Nic's Groove" - The Foreign Exchange

Volume 6 (2008)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz 6
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 2008
Genre Hip hop, instrumental hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 63:06
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
Volume 6
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
  1. "This Beat" - The Jazzual Suspects
  2. "Fool's Competition" - Smooth Current
  3. "Baaaby" - Ta'Raach
  4. "Groovin'" - Kero One
  5. "Jamal 141" - Jamal
  6. "Dopebeatz" - Colossus
  7. "Calm Down (Instrumental)" - Brawdcast
  8. "Alive (Instrumental)" - J Boogie's Dubtronic Science feat. Crown City Rockers
  9. "Scene #2 (Instrumental)" - Gagle
  10. "Just Checkin' (J's Stripped Down Instrumental)" - Uneaq
  11. "The What" - Colossus
  12. "Bodysnatchin' (On The Isle) (Instrumental)" - Rubberoom
  13. "Wasn't Really Worth My Time" - Flash
  14. "Life" - Mark Farina
  15. "Ba Dada" - The Jazzual Suspects
  16. "16 Untitled 005" - Super Smoky Soul
  17. "Way Back When" - Choice37
  18. "Transit" - Colossus
  19. "Day At The Beach" - J Boogie's Dubtronic Science
  20. "Reflections" - Dave Allison

Volume 7 (2010)[edit]

Mushroom Jazz 7
Compilation album (Mixtape) by Various artists
Released 2010
Genre Hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length 68:31
Label Om Records
Compiler Mark Farina
  1. "Down The Road" - Lurob
  2. "Macheeto" - Slakah the Beatchild
  3. "Colorblind" - Nathan G
  4. "Southern Plumperz'" - Andy Caldwell feat. Rico de Largo
  5. "More" - Joshua Heath
  6. "It's The Beat" - Tommy Largo
  7. "Bad Back" - King Kooba
  8. "Introduce (SLAP Mix)" - Colossus
  9. "Just Move" - Uneaq
  10. "(Never Been To) California" - Jazz Spastiks
  11. "Live Forever" - Mark Oakland
  12. "Night Time" - Tommy Largo
  13. "Please Be Mine" - Derek Dunbar
  14. "Walking The Dog" - Giano & Michael Knight
  15. "Amber Leaf" - Jazz Spastiks
  16. "Stressin'" - The Hue (Tim K and JT Donaldson) feat. Kissey Asplund
  17. "Living For The Rush" - Slakah the Beatchild
  18. "All Night" - Billa Qause
  19. "Brooklyn's Groove" - Dave Allison