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Over the years, Desert Hearts has arisen out of the dust to cultivate a community of devout followers bonded together by House, Techno, & Love. Whether it’s record label, festivals, City Hearts events, or stage takeovers, everything that they do radiates their genuine intentions of bringing transformational experiences to the world through their own, humble means. The driving force behind Desert Hearts is a group of people that are often working behind-the-scenes, in addition to the select DJ/producers who also perform. Two people in that group that happen to do both are Marbs, aka Matt Marabella, and Deep Jesus, aka Ryan Orey.

Originally from Encinitas, California, Marbs is a Desert Hearts resident DJ and graphic designer, as well as the operations manager for their City Hearts events and festivals. Behind the decks, he’s trusted for his typically deeper, darker, and more moody sound that’s often injected with a touch of psychedelic classic rock as an ode to his influences. Much like Marbs, LA-based Deep Jesus has deeper tendencies in his DJ sets and productions, while also working in more melodic elements and many different vibes in one seamless, journey-like package. Aside from his artist work, Deep Jesus takes care of the stage management at the festivals to ensure everything runs smoothly at the helm.

We had the chance to chat with Marbs & Deep Jesus about something that people would be surprised to hear about them, what Desert Hearts means to them, their top artists to watch in 2016, and of course, what they like to drink, amongst many other things. Head after the jump to read the full conversation, but as you do so, be sure to press play on Marbs’ fantastic Beating Hearts YIN 01 mix that marks the launch of his new mix series that he describes with his own words here:

“Life is all about balance. There is no light without darkness, there is no day without night, there is no good without bad … the yin and the yang. This mix explores these concepts and inspired me to start a mix series based on the yin and yang theory of life. The first edition to this series explores sounds that I love, but if you were to remove these tracks out of the mix and compare them to each other most would sound totally different emotionally. I think there’s something beautiful about that. This one leans more towards the Yin side of the theory … a little dark, a little earthy, deep, and great for winter weather. At the same time you will find beauty, light, and calmness within it. It has everything from deep house, techno, and rock to everything in-between. This is why the yin and yang theory inspired me to begin a series of mixes to express the various types of sounds I love so much and how they are all related to each other. I hope you enjoy the first edition <3″ – Marbs

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The Aussie house gangster Hey Sam is back at it with a dangerous club flip of Ayo Alex’s new single Want it featuring Juicy Jay and we were all over it before we even got the nod on this premiere… here’s what the young gun had to say about it:

“AYO Alex hit me up to do this remix and I jumped on it straight away as I’m a big fan of his original version but it’s a little too heavy for my DJ sets. My version is more stripped back, bassline driven and I’ve found it has plenty of impact in the clurrrbbb.. Also stoked that Uprise Music have let me release this for free download.”

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The production duo and young lovers known as Parker + Barrow have emerged today after over a year locked away in the studio to premiere with us this alluring take on War’s classic tune “Low Rider.”  Her refined, sultry vocals tiptoe barefoot over driving, sculpted production which fans of Hot Creations or simply dead-sexy house music are advised to get ahold of early.  I’ve heard a lot from them in the past year and been in and out of the studio with them while they’ve prepared a staggering amount of music for coming releases, and I can say that this song is at most a tease of what’s to come, albeit a very decent one.  The mellow punctuation found here along with vocals built to drift in and out of your subconscious through the day for me immediately delivered the invite to “take a little trip with me…”  

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Crooked Colours are a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie genre and one foot in a darker electronic realm. Comprising of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merret-Park, their sound has often been compared to a combination of English indie-rock foursome Alt-J and US electronic duo Crystal Castles.  Today, we have the awesome opportunity to premiere their latest tune, “Steps.”  Dark vox couple with a haunting soundscape to create a really epic neo-techno creation.  Enjoy!

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The Germany-based label, This Ain’t Bristol, has set out on a path less taken, as they’ve dedicated their curation to UK house music in a region where techno is king. In just a couple of days, they’ll be rounding out a trilogy of compilations with the release of Even More Selections, which features everyone from the label’s A&R Billy Kenny, to Mark Starr, to Fritz Carlton and several more up-and-coming artists who aim to help shape the future of dance music.

In celebration of the Even More Selections compilation release, we’ve been given the exclusive premiere of one of the tracks included – “Now” by Florida’s Mark Starr and Connecticut’s Lux Groove. Listen below to hear their beefy, ghetto-tech-esque stomper that we’ve been jammin’ to all week.

Check out the rest of Even More Selections after the jump, and pre-order it here, ahead of it’s Friday release.

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Let the summer vibes rain down on your case of the Mondays… UK radio wizards Tough Love have given us the exclusive premiere of their newest release on their imprint Get Twisted – and a debut at that! Please welcome the hugely popular & immensely talented Purple Disco Machine. Having dominated Beatport Charts over the last year with a plethora of releases on every noteworthy underground label we are proud to have him join the family. ’Soul So Sweet’ is a summer anthem that is sure to stand the test of time form many years to come. Classic, uplifting, feel good are all words that could be used to describe the record, but we’ll let you listen close your eyes and imagine being on a sun lounger by the pool in ibiza & tell us if you’ve ever felt better!

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Dom Dolla & Go Freek recently released one of the sickest tunes I’ve heard in a minute.  “Define” is a vocal backed house slammer that beautifully defines the essence of the overlying label, Sweat It Out!  Those vocal stabs and raunchy bassline just don’t quit.  One Mr. Nicky Night Time is now joining the pack of remix artists, which boasts a nice collection (Cassian and Curses thus far).  His take on the track takes full use of the vocals, chopping and sampling in a really cool way.  The bassline drags slowly behind the vocals and jumps quick on the drops.  Still can’t get enough of these vocals in either version.  Stream this bad boy from Nicky Night Time exclusively here!

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GDD™ favorite & burgeoning underground talent, Lonely Boy, has kept his momentum rolling strong through the first half of this year. His releases, like his Don’t You Think EP [Desert Hearts Records], I Like Disco EP [Futureboogie], his single, “Everything” [Armada Deep], and more, have been a pivotal force behind his recent success, and his buzzed about performances at Mixmag Lab LA, Camp Ego Trip’s Oasis In the Hourglass, and the Kitsuné 4th of July pool party serve to catalyze his organic rise to prominence.

As he moves into the second half of 2015, Lonely Boy brings us his most recent endeavor – this collaborative EP, High Maintenance, that he produced with his gifted friend, Giom, from across the pond. As a whole, this EP is a 3-track tech-house gem featuring “Am I Maintaining,” which we have the pleasure of premiering today, as well as London and LA mixes of “Devil’s Advocate.” Previously supported by the famed Lee Burridge, “Am I Maintaining” is four-on-the-floor heater that packs a serious low-end punch, and just a touch of disco for added personality. This is a stand out release from Lonely Boy & Giom, so check out this A-side and head over to Beatport to pick up the full release via Bunny Tiger Dubs.

 

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Figgy is no stranger to the GottaDanceDirty feed.  This producers dreamy tunes have a tendency to float just nice through the airwaves, perfect Summer jams.  His latest remix is one of the official sort, for none other than ASTR.  “Activate Me” has seen some noteable remix attention from the likes of Darkchild and LEFTI, but this one is something else.  Super smooth synths dance atop the vocals, get ready for a nice ride.

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Frames is about to give you some serious sounds to step to.  Literally, Step2 is the latest release from the young producer, and we’re giving you the exclusive first listen.  This one is a cool little crossover, house vibes at a little slower pace.  An elegant yet tough bassline wrestles with a variety of sounds, so its a little tough to stay focused on one segment for too long.  Doesn’t matter much to me, everything Frames throws at us is trying to force me out of my seat.  Stream the track courtesy of Club Sweat below.. loud!

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