Blog - October 2008


Voting is so important and this is a pivotal time in our country. Whether you vote for Obama or McCain make sure you vote informed. But the main thing…get your funky ass out there and vote.

In these last days leading up to the election, I wanted to offer a special contribution to Obama’s cause. As I would watch the election coverage, I kept chanting ‘O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma,’ realizing it reminded me of George Kranz’s ‘Din-Daa-Daa’ from the movie Breaking 2, Electric Boogaloo. The idea popped in my head to produce a special ONE rendition to help get the word out that this is one of the most important elections in America’s history. So many people are always complaining about how things could be better in this country but have never voted. This song is dedicated to act of voting; as an American it is one of our most important natural rights. Get to the polls and let your voice be heard!


People Want Change, People Want Change

Have the nerve to complain, but don’t do a thang

You are the WE is yes we can, you have the power to change the world

You can complain but it still wont change

You need to let your voice be heard

O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma

People Want Change, People Want Change

Then how can it change if you don’t make the change

Now is the time to make the stand

You have the power to move the world

You can complain but it still won’t change

You need to let your voice be heard

O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma

Posted by: The One on October 30, 2008 @ 12:35 PM
Posted in: Music

King Britt Love Fest After Party Podcast


If you have been walking around in a fog over the past two weeks, kicking yourself for not coming to the Om Records’ Love’s a Trip – Love Fest after party, you can cease the self inflicted suffering immediately, because you are about to get something like a second chance. There is hope after all!! The entire set from the Love Fest after party spun by musical chameleon, producer and DJ King Britt has been uploaded onto our podcast section for your listening and dancing pleasure. While it would be impossible to fully recreate the amped vibe of the Love’s a Trip party, this pod cast should do the trick to get your body rocking and your booty shaking.

King Britt brought his eclectic musical knowledge to the turntables on the main floor of the party for this upbeat set. The set begins with a sound that I’m sure many of us would be happy to wake up to every morning and go to bed to every night, and that is sound clips of our future president Barack Obama’s vision for change!! These Obama shout outs are supported in the set by some masterful remixes of some of my favorite hip-hop jams (both old and new) including MIA’s ‘Paper Planes,’ Kanye West’s ‘Work Out Plan,’ and Petey Pablo’s ‘Freak a Leak.’ The set wouldn’t truly be a Love Fest after party set, however, without spinning into a serious bass thumping electronic dance music break down. So, lace up your black and gold adidas, turn the lights down, and proceed to the land of musical enjoyment

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 28, 2008 @ 1:25 AM
Posted in: Music

Hello Om lovers. I have some exciting news. The Om store has just received a major update and is now being run in-house by Om. This means that getting Om gear has just been made much easier.
There’s a whole new line of clothing available featuring fly new T-shirts for girls and guys in a variety of different colors and styles. We’ve also added Limited Edition Mushroom Jazz 6 USB mixtapes! Hit up the ‘Gear’ section of out website to check out the recent goodies just added. Also for all you music collectors, browse through the music section for some rare (almost out of print) pieces we just added.
Also, moving forward we are throwing free giveaways in with all your orders!

To kick off the first week the re-launch, we’re introducing the first ever “Best of the Store”. This weekly Blog entry will highlight the latest must haves, from a rare restock on previously out of print vinyl to limited edition items you can only find at Here is this week’s top four pieces….Enjoy!



Omster T-shirts

Introducing Omster (Om’s version of a hipster). One part hipster… part old school….always legit. These new shirts are printed on high quality American Apparel and come in a variety of colors. Already a favorite amongst J-Boogie and the Om Staff. Pick up your shirt now before they go out of print!


Mark Farina – Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 CD

The No. 1 Electronic Record on iTunes US, Canada, and more! Believe the hype! For those of you who purchased the release digital, I’d recommend heading over to the Om store immediately and picking up a physical copy. Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 is printed on cardboard chipboard and is recyclable. It will have music collectors and art fanatics raving about this.


Limited Edition USB Mix Tape

Attention all music & art fanatics! Get your credit cards out immediately and make purchase…these limited edition USB Mixtapes. Merging the oldschool with the new, Om is happy to release these limited edition Mixtapes. Designed to look like an old school mixtape that Mark Farina would hand out at gigs, these fine pieces of art come preloaded with a digital version (320kps MP3) and digital booklet. Only available at a handful of retail locations, we’ve secured a handful for the hardcore Omies here.


Soulstice – The Reason (DJ Spinna / J-Boogie Remix) 12"

For you vinyl record collectors, we have a good one for you. Back in limited stock (only 30 copies left in print), Soulstice’s “The Reason,” remixed by electronic soul legend, DJ Spinna, along with Om’s very own local Bay Area legend in the making, J-Boogie. This Om classic piece of wax has been out of stock for over 6 years. Get it now, before it’s too late.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 27, 2008 @ 1:18 PM
Posted in: Style

Cates&dpL Blast

Click the banner above to download the Cates&dpL (Bootleg Remix) of Nina Simone ‘Fly High’

In the music game since 2003, talented duo Jon Cates and Dave Lind, collectively known as Cates&dpL are preparing to drop their first full-length album with Om Records entitled ‘Through the Weekend’ in 2009. Cates&dpL were signed to Om in the spring of 2008, and bring a unique sound and versatile style to the electronic music division of Om. This duo have been featured on many of Om’s most popular compilations of the past year, including ‘Om Ibiza 2008,’ ‘Downtempo Garden,’ ‘Sounds of Om Volume 6,’ ‘Om Chilled 2’ and ‘Om Miami 2008.’ In addition to providing their fans with original works, Cates&dpL have proven to be remix masters and have earned much notoriety in their short career including a #1 remix on Beatport’s Breaks Downloads, a feature on James Zabiela’s DJ Mag CD and a feature on the Global Underground Paris compilation – mixed by Nick Warren.

The new album “Through The Weekend,” which drops in 2009, showcases Cates&dpL’s chameleon-like ability to provide an array of different sounds and styles, always keeping their listeners on their toes. Check out their artist page HERE and check back for more info about the release of “Through the Weekend” coming soon.

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 27, 2008 @ 1:01 AM
Posted in: Music

J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science 'Inferno' Video World Premier

Check it out! Filmed in San Francisco at the world famous Club Mighty, ‘Inferno’ is a tribute to the old school roller skating jammy jam. The video features Lunar Heights rocking the mic and a colorful cast of SF’s finest busting moves on the hard woods.

More on J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science:

“The latest release, Soul Vibrations, is a funky mash up of hip hop and soul, dubbed out with great collaborations from a slew of artists on the underground music scene.” – Nu-Soul Magazine

“SF resident Justin ‘J-Boogie’ Boland indulges the cities cravings on his second proper album, which mixes pan-global urban music styles and myriad vocal talents for a satisfying multicultural creation.’ – SFBG

“Man, this record is fresh. For those that never forgot the groove – we salute you! For real, listening to ‘Soul Vibrations’ reminds me of that first day of summer when everything is just perfect. This is EXACTLY the type of sound I needed in my life right now…” – The Rub

“Using numerous guest vocalists and rappers, J-Boogie brilliantly mashes up soul, jazz, hip-hop, dance, and dub to create a wonderfully inventive and totally individual musical style,” – XLR8R

“Too many jocks see barriers between house, disco, and hip hop, whereas J-Boogie only sees opportunities, and that’s part of what makes him so special” – Alarm Magazine

“[With Dubtronic Science] J. Boogie once again proves why he’s one of the best in the game by always moving forward, keeping the productions tight, and ALWAYS having a track with a good beat so you can dance to it.” – URB

“Pick virtually any track to be captivated by the depth and vitality of the arrangements, the ways in which bumping beats, rap vocals, jazz horns, and all the other myriad elements pull together… Simply put, this is essential music” – Toledo Blade

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 23, 2008 @ 1:26 AM
Posted in: Music

Mike Monday- iTunes Video of the Week!

There is some very exciting stuff happening this week in the trippy, weird, and wonderful world of Mike Monday. The psychedelic technicolor masterpiece that is the Mike Monday ‘Catnip’ animated video has been chosen as the iTunes USA video of the week! iTunes only chooses one video every week from their entire music video library and this week that honor was given to the little blue man and his evil kitty stalker. While this is very exciting for the little blue man, it is just as exciting for you, because video of the week on iTunes also means a FREE iTunes video download in crystal clear high resolution. If you thought you were trippin’ before when watching this video, buckle your seatbelt because you will see more of this colorful musical play-land than ever before! So take full advantage of what iTunes if offering you this week and don’t just watch on your laptops, but take this magical mystical adventure of a music video in to the world with you on your iphones, blackberries and ipods. To go to the iTunes Store homepage, click the banner above and download away!!! :)

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 22, 2008 @ 3:37 PM
Posted in: Music

Mushroom Jazz is #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart! Click HERE to download the new mix

The series is back and the wait is finally over! Get those neck braces out! Om is proud to present Mark Farina’s highly anticipated “Mushroom Jazz 6”!

To the un-initiated, Mark Farina is the master of the blend! To celebrate the release of one of our longest running series, Om is fusing the old school with the nu school. Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 is being released in limited numbers (only 100 units worldwide) on a USB Mixtape provided by a company called Fi-Hi.

Mushroom Jazz as most of Farina’s early mixes started out as mixtapes. We are bringing back that oldschool medium and updating it by releasing these limited edition cassette tape USBs preloaded with Mushroom Jazz Vol. 6 on mp3 (320kps), a digital booklet, and more. Each features custom design featuring Mark Farina’s autograph and some other goodies you will notice upclose.

For those of you who were not one of the lucky few to have an early Farina mixtape in your collection, here is your chance to obtain one of the most unique mixtapes Farina’s ever put out.

-Send an email to “” with the words “MJ6 Mixtape” in the subject line.
-Om will draw (2) two names at random to win one of the limited edition USB Mixtapes.
-Contest Ends December 1st. Winners will be contacted shortly after.

If you don’t win, don’t trip. You can find limited amounts of these mixtapes at the following tastemakers / retail locations.

Gramaphone Records
Huntington Beach, CA
DJ Culture
Los Angeles, CA
Turntable Lab LA
Portland, OR
Platinum Records Portland
San Francisco, CA
Tweekin Records
Seattle, WA
Platinum Records

Washington, DC
DJ Hut
Minneapolis, MN
Fifth Element
Vancouver, BC
Beat Street

Auckland, New Zealand
Southbound Distribution

Online || Here

They will be available Tuesday October 28th.

Posted by: on October 21, 2008 @ 3:21 PM
Posted in: News

Love Fest Wrap Up

Back to reality time folks, the LoveFest weekend has come to a close and I’m sure that all over San Francisco people are popping extra strength Tylenol and double fisting lattes and espressos to make it through their post LoveFest work days. 2008 Love Fest was another great success! Although it rained on Friday night and was predicted to rain all day Saturday, the Love Gods, and 100,000 half naked, rainbow sparkle covered, booty shaking citizens brought out the sunshine.

A midst the thousands of dancing ravers, rainbow bright girls, feathers and glow-sticks, the Om records float was rockin’ it from 11:30 am on, starting off at 2nd and Market and bumpin’ down to civic center plaza. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, The Om float was a glowing green botanical garden slash dance party on wheels, draped in giant inflatable flowers, fully equipped with turn tables and massive speakers providing all of the necessities for an all day out door club experience.

After the sun set on LoveFest, Om and kept the party goin’ with the Love Is A Trip after party. Mezzanine was filled to the brim with people who were eager to keep the day rollin’. The event featured Mark Farina, Mike Monday, King Britt, DJ Fluid and upstairs in the Lounge sets were spun by Rich Medina, Rob G and J-Boogie. The night was a huge success! Downstairs partygoers were fist pumpin’ and booty bumpin’ to some serious electronic dance beats, while up in the lounge the speakers slapped funky hip-hop and Latin grooves. The fun continued until the early hours of Sunday morning, making this LoveFest weekend well worth the hangovers and exhaustion that is surely being felt by all.

LoveFest 08 Om style was a kick ass time, hope you all had fun and if you wanna re-live the experience before next year’s fest check out our pics!

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 17, 2008 @ 11:37 AM
Posted in: Events

Kaskade has set the standard for production in the dance world. Featured here is a retrospective testament of his remixing and production capabilities. Long before remixing the likes of Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake, Kaskade helped to shape the sound of underground house music today by remixing some of today’s rising stars in underground house. Spanning over six years, The Om Remixes highlights his years as one of house music’s fastest up and coming talented remixers.

From remixes for Billboard Top Dance Artist, Colette and Mark Farina, under the radar / slept on remixes for the likes of Rithma, Naked Music NYC, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and more, The Om Remixes showcases his early talent for taking original and unfamiliar pieces, and turning out hits.

To celebrate the release of Kaskade “The Om Remixes”, we will be giving away a prize package featuring albums from all the artist featured on Kaskade “The Om Remixes”, autographed Kaskade posters, and more.
How to Enter
-Just email with the words “Kaskade” in the subject line.
-One winner will be picked at random to win the prize package.
-Contest begins 10/07 and ends 11/07.

Posted by: on October 3, 2008 @ 3:50 PM
Posted in: News

MJ6 Tour heads up!

As the Mushroom Jazz 6 album debut on October 21st approaches, Mushroom Jazz fans everywhere are itching for the instrumental down-tempo mash up of hip-hop and soul beats that the Mushroom Jazz master and creator Mark Farina has in store for them. With the arrival of the album, Mark Farina is takin’ MJ6 to the streets for a live cross-country tour and will be stoppin’ through a city near you. The Mushroom Jazz 6 tour will be coasting through various intimate locations stirring up some funky soulful down-tempo luvin’ mixing the genius of Mark Farina and live instrumentation, just as Mushroom Jazz was intended to be experienced. While the full concert schedule has not yet been finalized, here are some preliminary dates to get those wheels in your brain turnin’, but be sure to check back for more.

Pre release dates for October:
Thursday 10/2 Seattle, Last Supper Club
Friday 10/3 Victoria BC, Hush
Thursday 10/9 Kauai, Par 4 Da Course
Friday 10/10 Maui, Longhi’s
Saturday 10/11 Oahu, Pipeline
Friday 10/17 Calgary, Tangerine Supperclub

Official Tour Dates for October:
Saturday 10/18 San Francisco, Mighty
Tuesday 10/21 Orange County, Focus @ Tapas
Friday 10/24 Brooklyn, Studio B

Official Tour Dates for November:
Saturday 11/15 Los Angeles, Avalon
Thursday 11/20 Edmonton, Halo
Friday 11/21 Winnipeg, Exchange Event Center
Saturday 11/29 San Francisco, Mezzanine

Official Tour Dates for December:
Thursday 12/4 Halifax, Pacifico
Saturday 12/6 New York, Sullivan Room

Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 3, 2008 @ 1:27 PM
Posted in: News


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