• At last, RL Grime‘s debut album is coming
• Desert Hearts launches imprint, Desert Hearts Records; Stream debut release from Mikey Lion & Jonjo Williams
• Stream Tessela‘s Upcoming EP for R&S
• Lunice is back in a big way with a new single
At last, RL Grime’s debut album is coming
With he and What So Not’s monster single Tell Me burning up every major festival north of the equator this year, RL Grime is a name you’re bound to be hearing a lot of in 2014. We’re happy to report that his profile’s only set to get bigger from here: today, the L.A. producer announced that his debut album is on its way.
In a post to his Facebook this morning, trap star Henry Steinway shared the good news. His new track Core will be arriving on July 15 – that’s this time next week – and as Henry put it, it’s the “first single off my debut album.”
For now, that Facebook post is all the info we have about the debut album. We’ll be hoping the LP arrives before the year’s through, but with Steinway also juggling his work with electro projectClockwork, the release date is anyone’s guess. Though he did give us one last, very hopeful tweet: “GRIME SEASON APPROACHING.” We’re ready.
Desert Hearts launches imprint, Desert Hearts Records; Stream debut release from Mikey Lion & Jonjo Williams
Movements don’t come around very often, by definition they are infrequent, prophetic, but more often than not birthed from chance circumstances. In 2012 a San Diego based crew headed out into the desert with the goal of throwing a renegade party for a few hundred friends. Beset by sub-zero temperatures and a dramatic showdown with law enforcement, adversity turned a potentially throwaway event into a permanent philosophy and family. Thus began Desert Hearts
Since its inception in 2012, Desert Hearts’ mantra of “House, Techno, & Love” has proven contagious, captivating an ever-growing band of Californians and beyond. The twice annual 72-hour non-stop desert festival has been defined by the resident DJs’ musical sensibility. It’s become a House Heaven of sorts marked by sunrises, sunsets, natural landscapes, and beautifully hazy moments shared amongst friends and family.
Led by Mikey Lion, Desert Hearts is a collaboration between San Diego based DJs Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Lion’s younger brother, Porkchop, along with the creative minds of Christopher Kristoff and Andy Crane. The crew has travelled throughout California’s deserts, moving through mountainous peaks to untapped indian reservations — the boys are always searching out unique landscapes that inspire. This mantra also pervades their label showcases, which have completely transformed warehouses and venues across the state.
Aside from being the hidden gem that birthed the crew at the heart of Desert Hearts, the festival has also welcomed international talents like DJ T., Noir, Marc Houle, Tim Green, Matthew Dekay, James Teej, DJ Three, & Thugfucker amongst others. Resident Advisor went so far as to call their 1 Year Anniversary Event, “One of America’s best electronic music experiences.”
July 2014 sees Desert Hearts reach beyond the physical confines of Southern California to launch their own label, Desert Hearts Records. In the words of label figurehead Mikey Lion:
“One and a half years after the triumph of our very first Desert Hearts party, it’s time we step into the worldwide arena with the launch of our own imprint, Desert Hearts Records. A tribute to House, Techno, & Love, Desert Hearts is a community, a family, and more importantly a movement celebrating life and music. It’s an idea of a better way of life where acceptance, creativity and passions flourish. A safe haven away from Babylon where everyone can connect with nature, be themselves and do what makes them happy. One stage, one vibe, and one beautiful and growing family. It’s time to share our ethos with the rest of the world. We are all Desert Hearts.”
Dropping worldwide on July 15th, the debut release on Desert Hearts Records comes from festival and label figurehead Mikey Lion, who teams up with UK based Jonjo Williams, unleashing two incredible tracks. Staple favourites at the Desert Hearts parties, it won’t be long before you are hearing these tunes on dance-floors from the outer reaches of Ibiza to Indianapolis.
Over the coming months Desert Hearts Records will release an EP from resident DJ, Kevin Anderson, plus music from the crews extended family. In the meantime plug yourself into the debut EP from Mikey Lion & Jonjo Williams:
Mikey Lion and the Desert Hearts crew will be hitting the road, spreading their gospel of House, Techno, & Love far and wide.
Desert Hearts tour dates
8.3 Audio – San Francisco, CA
10.11 Spin – San Diego, CA
11.7 – 11.10 – Desert Hearts 2 Year Anniversary Festival – TBA, CA
Mikey Lion tour dates
6.25 Clinic – Los Angeles, CA
6.28 Spin San Diego, CA – San Diego, CA
7.04 5 Points Gathering – Mt. Baldy, CA
7.19 Summer Sun Festival – Oceanside, CA
7.27 Santa Monica Pier – Los Angeles, CA
8.01 King King – Hollywood, CA (The Do Lab)
8.02 The Merrow – San Diego, CA (The Do Lab)
9.27 V Elements Festival – San Diego, CA
Check on the 1 Year Anniversary Desert Hearts video here: http://vimeo.com/84065938
Stream Tessela’s Upcoming EP for R&S
Tessela‘s Rough 2 EP will serve as the UK producer’s first official release of 2014 when it drops next week; ahead of its release, the three-track effort can now be streamed in full.Rough 2 again finds the artist born Ed Russell returning to R&S, the label through which he issued last year’s Nancy’s Pantry EP as well as “Hackney Parrot” (a tune we named as one of the Best Tracks of 2013). On his latest effort, Russell presents a trio of unhinged club tracks that focus on grinding textures and unconventional rhythmic assemblages.
Officially out on July 14, Tessela’s Rough 2 EP can be streamed in full over on Resident Advisor.
Lunice is back in a big way with a new single
In December of last year, the Hudson Mohawke and Lunice superduo of TNGHT broke the news that they were on an indefinite hiatus. According to their tastemaking label LuckyMe, the project wrapped so that HudMo and Lunice could work on their respective solo albums.
Now, seven months later, we might just have the first taste of that Lunice LP. Late last night, the trap firebrand dropped his brand new single Can’t Wait To and sure enough, it’s Lunice at his best. There’s no word from LuckyMe on the status of that album, but we’ll have Can’t Wait To on repeat for a while yet. Wrap your ears around it above.
And as for news in the world of HudMo? Everyone’s favourite Glasweigan “definitely” has an album coming out in 2014, according to a March interview with NME. “I’ve been working on it for a while, and taking my time with it,” he explained, “ Butter was a collage of different stuff I’d done over the few years before that. This one is a bit more consolidated as a project. I want it to be like an albumalbum, you know?” Consider us pumped.