DJ/producer Mark Farina is widely known for his hip-hop-skewed Mushroom Jazz compilation series and such house music collections as "San Francisco Sessions." For his debut artist album, Farina has cre

DJ/producer Mark Farina is widely known for his hip-hop-skewed Mushroom Jazz compilation series and such house music collections as "San Francisco Sessions." For his debut artist album, Farina has created original tracks of varying tempos. Unfortunately, all too often, similar-sounding house beats meander along—as if waiting for something to happen ("Betcha Do," "Leaving SF," "Talk to Me" and "Gramma So"). That said, a few aural treats do make their presence known: the slo-mo "Dream Machine" (featuring Sean Hayes), the Latin-inflected "Fusbol" and late-'80s-fueled "We Gotta Get." Such tracks resonate with the same excitement as one of Farina's live DJ sets, which revel in a wide range of sonic emotions.—MP