For over six years, the Brooklyn-based DJ/producer, Eelrack, has been pushing underground dance music through various projects and monikers, playing shows around the world and right here in the U.S. at clubs and festivals like EDC, Electric Forest, Burning Man, and more. After turning the heads of many label reps with his first single, “Space,” under this moniker earlier this year, he’s back with a guest mix featuring a flawless hour of tech-house to carry his strong momentum into the Fall season, and show us what he’s all about behind the decks. Listen/Download below and keep watch for more Eelrack music to come.
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Desert Hearts, an intimate underground gathering, record label, and community driven by ambassadors of “House, Techno, & Love,” finally descends upon the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation in Southern California for its anticipated 2 year anniversary festival this weekend. With an outstanding lineup of likeminded artists including Tiefschwarz, Fur Coat, Avatism, Shaun Reeves, Francesca Lombardo, Amirali, the Desert Hearts crew (Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, & Deep Jesus), and an array of local favorites, amongst others, this “sanctuary from the ordinary” and its attendees (we’ll be there!) are set for a vibey weekend of non-stop dance music pumping through a Funktion-One.
In addition to the musical offerings, Desert Hearts will host a wide variety of art including live painting, interactive art, sculptures, and more, while also featuring fire dancers, other performance artists, yoga classes, workshops, and a healing village. To top it all off, a handful of theme camps like Music Savages and Desert Hearts‘ own Pile Palace will be present to round out the festival’s amenities. Intimate events of this magnitude are hard to come by, so this weekend will be very special for those who are able to experience it first hand.
All details aside, I’ve been trying to go to a Desert Hearts festival for over a year, and it’s finally happening. I’ve been set on going for a while as I’ve heard only great things, but after having an incredible time at City Hearts LA, my decision was further solidified. Hope to see you out there!
Limited pre-sale tickets are still available here (until 5pm PST tomorrow), and if you need some more convincing, I’ve included a fan-made recap video of their Spring festival, the full lineup/set times, the festival map, and the Desert Hearts Edition guest mix from Mikey Lion after the jump.
Germany-based DJ/producer, Glastrophobie, is making a name for himself with his accessible, melody-driven deep house sound. With a slew of originals and hit remixes of James Vincent McMorrow’s “We Don’t Eat,” Anna Graceman’s “Words,” and more, this 23-year-old is shaping up to be a crowd favorite amongst his other emerging deep house counterparts as he brings his own distinctive touch to the genre. On his guest mix, Glastrophobie shows us what he’s all about, keeping a strong vibe and groove throughout with tunes from Claptone, Karmon, and Kolsch, amongst others, as well as a fantastic closing track – his own “Berlin 10214.” Listen/download below and keep watch as Glastrophobie continues on his ascent in dance music.
The promising Los Angeles-based musician, Christofi, makes his debut with the release of his remix of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love,” created with fellow producer Glenn Michaels. Fresh out of college this year, Christofi opted out of taking up a “regular” job to pursue his dreams in the studio and behind the decks. Now he’s making his strong introduction to the world with this outstanding “future house” remix that features a blend of piano chords, synth riffs, and a hefty bassline built around the Mary J. Blige’s vocals. Listen/download above and stay tuned for more music from Christofi.
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The Dutch producer/DJs, Pep & Rash, have been enjoying massive support on their “future house” single, “Fatality,” and it’s now getting more buzz with this new Quintino edit. With the original tune already featuring big, melodic grooves and a peak-time vibe, Quintino was able to craft his own sound around the existing elements, bringing it further into festival-ready territory. Have a listen below and buy the edit on Beatport.
New York City’s producer/DJ, Baltra, is making a strong introduction for himself with his mesmerizing new EP, The Vision, which is his debut on Curses‘ well-respected Safer At Night label. In honor of the release, we’ve enlisted this emerging underground talent for a showcase of the distinctive house and techno vibe that he, and the “Gotham”-based label have incubated in the basements, warehouses, and clubs in the city. Weaving through tracks from his EP, and others from jozif, Secondcity, Dusky, and more, Baltra offers up a fantastic guest mix that’s definitely one to hold on to for those late nights/early mornings. Check out the mix below and find his EP, as well as the mix tracklist, after the jump.