In true Desert Hearts fashion, San Diego’s tech-house specialist, Mikey Lion, has brought us a brilliant, emotionally-charged mix dedicated to Love. This vibe-heavy one hour offering shows him drifting off of his path of signature party-starting selections to deliver something a little different from what you’ve come to expect. Mikey Lion drops the tempo just a tad, and keeps it smooth, groovy, and thought-provoking as he guides you through mellower jams from Monkey Safari, Dusky, Super Flu, new Desert Hearts Records signee, Ché, and more. Press play, read on for some words from Mr. Lion himself, and take a peek at the tracklist after the jump.
“For my latest mix, I really wanted to go in a different direction from what you’d usually hear from me. With Valentine’s Day and City Hearts LA coming up this Saturday, I wanted to dedicate a mix entirely to what I think is the most important thing in the world, Love. There’s a reason Love is the main theme that drives our festivals and Desert Hearts Records. Our community has been able to open the hearts and minds of so many incredible people and our goal is to ultimately share that message of love with the rest of the world.
So this mix is dedicated to all of you lovers out there. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, if you have love to give I believe the universe will return that love to you. Some of these songs are new and some are old, but they’ve all had a profound impact on my life over the years and I wanted to put something together that really makes you feel. Hope you enjoy the mix. Make sure to hug your loved ones a little bit tighter today.” – Mikey Lion
Steve Huerta has done it again with a couple huge tunes. Coming wrapped in a neat package from Anjunadeep are “Say It Wasn’t” and “Bear Witness.” Both of these tracks feature beautiful driving melodies that are tied together with just the right amount of bass. The ethereal vocal sampling is another strong point, adding that much more dimension to each track. On top of it all comes a remix from Locked Groove that bridges the acid that the techno junkies may have been missing. Enjoy!
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We recently featured Tough Love‘s latest tune “So Freakin’ Tight,” and now their label is hitting the headlines. Established in 2012, Get Twisted Records has been supplying London and the rest of the world with huge garage/bass/house tunes. The latest release comes from Taiki Nulight, who came into 2015 hot with a massive remix of Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo. The “Higher” EP includes two tracks that are straight laced for late nights turned early mornings. The bass house vibes are strong, stream them below.
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WMC is just around the corner, and we’re already counting the days til we’re back in South Beach. To add to the excitement, we’re privileged to bring you the exclusive premiere of KANT‘s ‘Sub Man’ off Toolroom‘s forthcoming compilation MIAMI UNDERGROUND. This track goes into the depths of house and sends you jackin straight into the darkness. Deep, minimal, and reminiscent of the late nights in Miami to come, get lost in this new original from KANT – and be sure to pick it up when it drops on Feb 2nd!
Kicking off the Miami season in style, blending brand new exclusives & this year’s hottest alternative tracks from the biggest artists is ‘Miami Underground 2015′. Offering an array of fresh, underground beats from Maceo Plex, Dubfire, Sven Vath, Maya Jane Coles, Deetron, Alan Fitzpatrick, Sidney Charles, Hollen, Weiss, Dosem, Jay Lumen, Eelke Kleijn & many more, plus 14 brand new 100% exclusives from KANT, Full Intention, Kevin McKay, Ben Remember, Bluford Duck, Low Steppa, Retchordz, Mario Ochoa, Erik Hagleton & Thee Cool Cats! – Release Date: 02.02.15
One of our favorite dirtybirds, Justin Jay, is currently finishing his last semester at University of Southern California, but that isn’t stopping him from releasing outstanding productions. His latest effort is a brooding remix of Disciples’ hit record, “They Don’t Know,” that takes a dive into the shadowy realms of deep house that were never fully explored by this gifted 22-year-old, until now. With this remix release on February 22nd via Pete Tong’s FFRR imprint on top of a forthcoming EP on Catz ‘n Dogz’ Pets Recordings, major upcoming gigs like Holy Ship!, and more, Justin Jay is prepping for an enviable last semester and a massive 2015.
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Rising LA house/indie-dance artist SNBRN makes his Ultra Music debut with the release of “Raindrops”. In “Raindrops”, the Southern California native carefully balances warm piano chords and Kerli’s infectious vocals with an undeniably catchy synth hook. This expertly crafted interplay of melody results in a sublime piece of house music.
“6 months ago I met Kerli at a small studio in Venice Beach, California. We shared our stories, really got to know each other and came up with a concept that would evolve into the song you hear today. We wanted to create a song that would be powerful and moving yet also something you could really groove to. The lyrics really hit home for me and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys. It was such an unbelievable experience to work with Kerli and create something so beautiful from nothing. The best things always take time; the wait was definitely worth it. I present to you RAINDROPS.” – SNBRN
Pat Lok continues to be the hardest working man in dance music. 2015 has picked up right where a very prolific 2014 left off. In early January, he kicked off the new year with his smash single “All In My Head“. And not to be outdone, he delivers his first remix of the year. His remix of “Hold Me” by Gold Fields is a jazzy House dazzler filled with warm throwback vibes. 2015 is lookin’ mighty good so far for Mr. Pat Lok.
Be sure to heart (♥) this song on Hype Machine & Pat Lok will personally come to your house & hold you. [Link]
New York based Disco Fries had a huge hit on their hands with “The Light” featuring Niko The Kid. This week, they released a barrage of remixes from a panel of some big names across the production spectrum. This remix pack truly gives the listener a little bit of everything, including deep house work from MANIK, a big prog-house edit from Tommie Sunshine & Halfway House, and a tough bounce remix from Bounce Inc. This whole collection really goes to show how well the original tune lends itself across genres, and you can stream and pick them all up Beatport. Enjoy!
Our man Figgy puts the booty in bootleg on his remix of “Often” by The Weeknd. It’s not often that an artist can take a track by The Weeknd & sex it up more than it already is. But Figgy is more than up for the challenge & handles his business with flair by layering the Radiohead classic “Everything In Its Right Place” over the sleazy R&B sounds of The Weeknd. The result is a charged up, double dose of raw energy that will surely have the dance floor dripping in sex.
Out now via Cut & Dry Records.
In case you missed it, we premiered the track last month on our 4th annual Holidaze Mix:
Los Angeles is home to several world-class producers that are on the rise, but there are few that are shaping the sound of tomorrow with as much style and authenticity as Lonely Boy. Heralded as a “Funk conductor, eclectic savant, and master of good vibes,” this Desert Hearts & RollingTuff-affiliated house music maestro has quickly become a local favorite, while also seeing support for his cutting-edge productions from underground luminaries like Lee Burridge. For his guest mix, Lonely Boy brings us his set from a recent performance at Studio 5 After Hours, so it’s a perfect example of what he can do behind the decks in a live setting. Featuring Adana Twins, Justin Martin, Groove Armada, Pete Oak, Tanner Ross, one of Lonely Boy’s own forthcoming jams, “Don’t You Think” (Out on Desert Hearts Records 1/27/15) and more, this mix is a must-listen for those down with the deeper side of house music.