It was the coldest dance floor that ever was at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation as 96 hours of House, Techno, and Love warmed you from the inside out. What the weather lacked in warmth was more than made up for with supernova sets from some of the biggest names in underground. Now, the energy is focused on the 13 date City Hearts tour to keep the Desert Hearts vibe alive and it’s sure to warm your winter spirits. Watch the recap above and find out where to catch a groove at a city near you after the jump! Continue Reading
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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
Over the past week or so, Mikey Lion & Bengal‘s The Big Cats EP has been a go-to release to keep the good vibes strong. Each of the three tracks on the EP offer unique elements, but the refined, stripped-down grooves are a common thread throughout it, and they pack a mean punch. Both Mikey and Bengal are ambassadors of tech-house, and they continue to cement their standing amongst the top up-and-coming acts in the underground. Whether or not you’re heading out to Desert Hearts this weekend, this EP should satisfy your need to get down. Enjoy and download above.
Back in August, LA’s Lonely Boy made the trek out to the infamous desert gathering known as Burning Man. In the midst of heavy dust storms and other performances at sound camps across the playa, this Desert Hearts-affiliated talent graced the decks at Pink Mammoth, and he threw down an excellent 1 hour+ set chock-full of funky tech-house and more. Listen above and feel the vibe that Lonely Boy is well-respected for.
Desert Hearts just keeps on getting better. As expected, the infamous San Diego-based crew and festival brand have put together their biggest lineup to date featuring the Dirtybird don, Claude VonStroke, minimal techno pioneer, Marc Houle, UK legend, Eddie Richards, burgeoning tech-house maven, Olivier Giacomotto, Barcelona’s Dance Spirit, and London’s jozif, amongst the Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, Deep Jesus, and more. After attending this festival twice, I can say with confidence that it is one of the best transformational festivals around, not only because of the world-class house & techno talent, but also because of love and energy that Desert Hearts pours into each aspect of the event to ensure attendees have an outstanding experience. This 3rd year anniversary sees the festival growing to 100 hours of music, in addition to yoga, healing, art, fire dancers, and more, so be prepared for the all day and all night madness at the always wonderful Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Buy tickets here.
Today, Desert Hearts finally announced their highly-anticipated three year anniversary festival that will be taking place in Southern California from November 5th-9th. For this special edition of their House, Techno, & Love-driven event, they’ve upped the ante with 100 non-stop hours of music, growing out of their previous 72-hour affair. With their Funktion-One stacks being active for an additional 24-hours, this means that more world-class artists, like M.A.N.D.Y., Blond:ish, DJ T., and Fur Coat, will be able to fill the air, and maintain the Desert Hearts vibe that has become known worldwide. In addition to their on-point bookings that have yet to be announced, the Desert Hearts crew, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Porkchop, and Marbs, will also be throwing down as per usual.
For 2015 thus far, Desert Hearts has been enjoying their best year yet, as they’ve delivered several outstanding releases on their label, in the midst of throwing a wildly successful Spring festival, and their first full-fledged City Hearts tour that is being talked about by many from coast to coast. This upcoming Fall festival will be a perfect way to cap off the year, and you know they’re going to pull all the stops to make it one for the ages. Trust.
Tickets are on sale September 14th, so if you haven’t already, have a listen to Sabo’s live set from Desert Hearts to get you in the mood for what’s to come.
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.
One of LA’s finest, Justin Jay, has been on an upward trajectory for quite some time now, but it seems like things are really taking off. With a Coachella debut at The Do LaB, his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings, an upcoming tour in Australia, and more this year, this dirtybird-affiliated young gun has had a last semester of college that many would die for. Back in March, Justin Jay also threw it down at Desert Hearts on Sunday afternoon of the festival, after a couple of wild nights in Vegas with his fraternity. Many people that were in attendance have been buzzing about his set, and this will come as no surprise once you listen to the 2.5 hours of house-fueled grooves, including several unreleased tracks of his own, a few from his dirtybird homies, and other gems like Âme’s private edit of Paul Simon’s “Diamonds.” Enjoy above and grab the free download here.
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
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