Johnny Fiasco plays Saturday (March 3) at Opium Lounge. Rating: NNN
West Coast deep house and downtempo label Om has a long history of releasing reliable mix CDs, but this newest offering sees them branching out slightly. While disc two is mixed by Johnny Fiasco, a veteran house head whose melodic, funky sound fits in perfectly with the Om stable, disc one features up-and-comer Justin Martin, who brings a dirtier, edgier sound to his contribution stacked with offerings from Dirtybird, the label he runs with Claude VonStroke. Martin's disc is still closer to deep house than to electro, but it demonstrates that those sounds aren't as far apart as they sometimes pretend to be.