Mikey Lion and Sabo have just released their first studio collaboration together. Featuring two original tracks, ‘Into The Jungle’ and ‘Sally’, as well as remixes by Lonely Boy and Joyce Muniz, Into The Jungle puts deep and complex tribalistic drum patterns at the forefront of the mix, driving a unique tech-house sound that both Mikey and Sabo are known to champion. Really digging these strong vibes from the Desert Hearts crew? You’re in luck; the boys have just released a massive winter touring schedule for their City Hearts party. Check out the tour dates after the jump!
With a busy touring schedule, Desert Hearts figurehead, Mikey Lion, has remained a bit quiet on the release front, but he recently announced his third EP, The Big Cats, which he created with fellow Desert Heart and Berkeley native, Bengal. Just in time for Mikey’s upcoming Cityfox LA performance this weekend, and the Desert Hearts 3rd year anniversary, the first taste of this forthcoming offering comes with “Like That.” It’s a stripped down tech-house heater with full-bodied low end to drive the groove that punches through in between vocal samples, which give the track its character. Listen/download here. The Big Cats EP is out on October 27th.
Home boys TastyTreat and home girl Tribes have come together for one massive future jam. “Found Someone” is a vibey little number with some of the coolest synth work I’ve heard in a downtempo piece in some time. The drops undulate in waves and seem to carry you weightlessly through the composition. Tribes’ vocals suit the sound greatly; definitely keen to hear more from her. This one comes as the first of a three part EP. Don’t sleep on TastyTreat.
Recently, the LA-based house music maestro, Fritz Carlton, hasn’t had the best of luck as his laptop was stolen, but he’s making the most of his situation, turning negatives into positives with music. After dropping “Mohki” on the This Ain’t Bristol’s Even More Selections Compilation, he’s back to roll out the first installment, “Perspective,” of his Free Fritz Tuesdays series, which will bring more of his free tunes on a weekly basis. This new jam is a punchy 808-driven number featuring wonky synth work, a shuffling groove, and a quick rap sample to complete the bass-fueled track. Listen and download it here:
Blu J is back with a cheeky little house number. Tight percussive synths bop around over the breaky composition. Really digging the vocal samples from Raeon in this one as well; they fit really nicely into the track. This ones suited for the post festy season comedown, and can be downloaded for free via Toneden. Grab your copy now and look ourt for more from Blu J.
The Hawaii-born, LA-based producer, Mahalo, is coming through with his first official release on LAMP (Los Angeles Music Project), following the release of his successful debut EP on Sleazy Deep. This newest tune, “Wave Attack,” is a clubby tech-house groover with hints of G-house that round out the thumping track. With this being just his second official release, Mahalo is undoubtedly showing great promise. Listen below and download it here.
DC based producer, Manila Killa has had quite the breakout year in 2015. Between his involvement with the Moving Castle collective and his side artist project, Hotel Garuda, all signs point to a bright future ahead for the young talent. Following on the heels of his HARD debut announcement at this fall’s Day of the Dead, Manila Killa alongside Kidswaste have graced us with an absolutely beautiful cover of Caribou’s smash single “Can’t Do Without You”. This beautiful cover is filled with gorgeous vocals by Kidswaste, lush synths, and live guitar. Manila says he dedicated this song to a special person in his life, and after listening to it, we can say that person must be pretty lucky. Check out the stream below and grab a free download here now!
CRWNS, a fresh 21-year-old producer/DJ, seems to be jumpstarting his ascent up the ranks of dance music’s elite. With two previous releases to his name, and now this latest offering, he’s cultivating his own sound within the low-end-focused sphere, and many are picking up on the authentic vibes that he always delivers. On his remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” CRWNS supports MØ’s vocals with a flurry of shimmering synths, which are complimented by arpeggiated melodies and vocal edits that help drive the mid-tempo rhythm. Download CRWNS’ remix here, and watch out for more from the young talent.
After releasing Bells & Whistle’s Hands EP just a couple of months ago, Desert Hearts Records delivers the tasteful, 2-track Sound Engineer EP from Orlando’s own Michael Rosa, along with remixes from Halo & Ché, Butane, and David Scuba. Having attended and played last year’s Desert Hearts Spring festival, Rosa mentioned that this psychedelia-drenched, tech-house EP “truly is a Desert Hearts inspired release,” and it was created “with the 70 hour experience in mind,” which is clearly apparent upon first listen. It’s a dance floor-centric offering that’s sure to ignite clubs and festivals far and wide.
In conjunction with the release, we have the pleasure of premiering David Scuba’s rendition of the title track, “Sound Engineer.” The Superfreq boss has transformed the track with his own techy touch, using a new groove, subtle percussive accents, sound effects, and pulsating synth work for a tripped-out remix. Check out the remix above, listen to the whole EP below, and read more about Michael Rosa in our Q&A where he discusses how his new EP came together, his new party, Rabbithole, how he linked up with Desert Hearts, and more after the jump.
Pick up Michael Rosa’s Sound Engineer EP for free download here.
Continuing on their streak of successful releases, New York City’s house music trio, TKDJS, comes through with a stand-out rendition of Basement Jaxx’s “Never Say Never” featuring ETML. As the second installment in a three-part remix series that aims to showcase a different aspect of their sound, this new remix elevates the mood with piano chords and the original’s vocals before dropping into heavy, bassline-driven sequence that evolves throughout for a club-ready jam. Enjoy the remix above and grab the free download here.
Catch TKDJS live at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on August 21st!