From playing Coachella, to his Mom, I Graduated! EP on dirtybird, and launching his new project, Justin Jay & Friends, Justin Jay has had a rollercoaster of a year, so it only makes sense for him to deliver one last release, after dropping “Karma.” This new offering features Benny Bridges on guitar, and also a new name, Henry Was, on drums, who both lent their talents for this edit that was created with the help of live instrumentation. The edit is a relentless techno heater that adds grit, more percussion, and subtle FX to the original’s foundation. Justin is in the giving mood this holiday season so enjoy the track below and download it here.

“With Benny Bridges on guitar, I saw this techno anthem by Barnt as a way to start messing around with Henry’s crazy drum sounds. We had so much fun making it and even more fun playing it live. With it being the holiday season, we wanted to give it to you guys (especially DJ’s who need an extra jam for those holiday sets).” – Justin Jay


Canadian talent Eekkoo has rapidly found himself at the forefront of cutting-edge production and forward-thinking sound design. His sharp method has pushed him from hot newcomer to one of the most exciting names in dance music today. From his early work on mau5trap to his recent ventures in the world of pulsing underground electronica the Montreal-based producer never ceases to make a statement. Today, he’s back with a peak-time time Techno stomper called “Sloan’s Dress”. Reminiscent of the dark undertones of Maceo Plex, the thick driving bassline boldly punches through alongside crisp rhythmic percussion before acid-tinged synths take this one deep into after-hours territory. Don’t sleep on this one, it’s big. 

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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Over the years, Clarian has been one of the most consistent producers, releasing quality track after quality track, while sticking to his guns in the underground sphere. His next EP, Fear and Self-Loathing, has been tapped by Guy Gerber’s RUMORS label, and with this first taste, we can see why. “Absence” is a hypnotizing, melodic techno number featuring melancholic undertones that bind the French vocal samples, arpeggiated synths, and the driving, soulful rhythm. Enjoy the track here and pick up the Fear and Self-Loathing EP on October 23.


Tis the season for dark and moody electronic productions and Destructo delivers a mega tune just in time for his famed Fall Festival, HARD Day Of The Dead. He takes the Marshall Mather’s line “nobody listens to Techno” and adds a chugging bass line with heavy acid synths and the iconic kick snare combo to bring this monster to life. More of an homage to all the people who stuck with him while he did what he believed than a true techno tune, but that won’t stop it from getting plenty of air play this season, just you wait.

Eekkoo just put out a new mix in his Techno Is Not What It Seems series — it starts off with a huge bang, opening with a sample of Robert Moog quoting an interviewer’s question “Tell me, Mr. Moog don’t you feel guilty about what you’ve done?”. From then on it’s pure Techno all the way with two massive unreleased Eekkoo originals “Sloan’s Dress” and “The Killing” coming in at the 13:30 and 22:30 respectively on top of a series of hits from the likes of Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Bjarki and more. Don’t sleep on this guy — one of my favorite up-and-comers.


The productions of Craig Williams go a long way in my MP3 library – his remixes are known for taking dance pop anthems and morphing them into techno laced dance floor stompers. A hefty trait to be known for, to say the least. His latest is no exception taking Duke Dumont‘s 2015 fanfare “The Giver” and reducing it into it’s simplest four on the floor counterpart. Ripe for anytime past midnight, it’s sure to bring the ruckus to any club or festival setting.

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As this warm summer week comes to a close and the weekend begins, The Interns deliver their third Industry Analysis for another showcase of the sounds that they would put their money behind – if they were betting men.

Featuring everything from mood-elevating, feel-good vibes to ominous late-night thunder, this edition of the playlist series is a trip to the desert and back with an eclectic array of genuine talent that The Interns believe in, including both up-and-coming and more established acts. Enjoy the playlist above, and if you haven’t already, listen to their latest mix, “The Interns Present: Wet Hot Los Angeles Summer” below and/or download it here.


After a quick west coast stint and big play at last months Bestival in Canada, the Toronto duo RYME have officially launched their label BADLQQK, kicking it off with an original from themselves – a chunky ghetto techno heater called ‘Cockfight’. We can’t wait to see who else joins the BADLQQK squad next! Listen below and grab this one when it drops August 18th on Beatport.


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I don’t have that much energy nowadays, but Los Angeles-based techno junkie Modus gives it to me every time. His dark twists on big tracks really stand out in a monotonous river of medicre remixes. Tough tough european-style techno vibes durn Drake’s “Energy” into a dark club knocker. I’ve already heard this one being rinsed around town in Los Angeles, and I have no doubts that this one will be a staple for the forseeable future.  Grab the latest from Modus for free below.