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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.

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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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Hot Chip Ask ‘Why Make Sense?’ on Sixth Album
Desert Hearts Announce Lineup for 2015 Spring Festival on March 27-30
Faithless Set to Return This Summer with Massive London Show
• Late Night Alumni Releases Single “The This This” From Forthcoming Album “Eclipse”

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One of LA’s finest producer/DJs and GDD™ Guest Mix alum, Lonely Boy, is coming through with his truly outstanding Don’t You Think EP, and sure enough, Desert Hearts Records has it locked for a release on Tuesday, January 27th. The EP features two masterful tunes, “Don’t You Think” and “Rise.” The first is a Lee Burridge-inspired cut that sets a smooth, rolling tech-house vibe before breaking through with a pumping groove, while the latter features a monstrous evolving bassline, orchestra hits, peak-time energy, and a hint of classic Bob Marley. Enjoy below and head after the jump for the story behind “Don’t You Think” from Lonely Boy himself.


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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.

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If you’ve attended a Desert Hearts party, consider yourself lucky.  This Southern California music and arts collective has had a phenomenal year, putting on a handful of the most talked-about shows and festivals around. What do you get when you take the elated, carefree vibe of early Coachella days and cross it with a brazen step forward in electronic sound? Desert Hearts. The mix we’re bringing to you exclusively is a stand out B2B set including an on point selection of deep/tech from Deep Jesus and Marbs. This release is in celebration of their performance at Minimal Effort‘s NYE event at Lot 613 in LA (Tickets), which features the rest of the Desert Hearts crew, as well as DJ T., Three, & Fur Coat.  Enjoy the mix, see you on NYE!

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Lightning in a Bottle Festival Announces Dates and Location for 2015
Desert Hearts Announces Spring Festival (March 27-30th), Premieres Recap Video of Two Year Anniversary
Avalon Hollywood Unveils It’s 2014 Holiday Lineup
Brodinski to release Brava album in early 2015

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Desert Hearts Festival & Desert Hearts Records founder, Mikey Lion, is a man of many hats, but there is only one instantly recognizable, feather-laden hat that the cultivator of vibes wears himself as a producer/DJ. In between throwing some of the finest house & techno events like the upcoming second edition of City Hearts SF on December 14th, this San Diego-based up-and-comer has kept dance floors happy & healthy with the release of his collaborative single, “Set Me Free,” on Kevin Anderson‘s You’re Mine EP, as well as his Voltron/The Defendant EP with Jonjo Williams, which launched Desert Hearts Records in proper fashion.

Now Mikey Lion brings us his debut solo EP, Drum Formulas, that puts his own individual studio work and musical roots as a young turntablist in the spotlight. On the opening title track, he pairs addictive percussive grooves with appropriate Gang Starr samples for a tribaly tech-house number accented by a hip-hop flare. Channeling inspiration from experiences at Burning Man, Mikey blends layered melody work, thought-provoking samples, and thick basslines for a mesmerizing, spiritually charged second track dubbed “Playa Dreams.” Rounding out the EP, Mr. Lion kicks up the vibe on “Tribute” and does away with straight four-on-the-floor rhythms for a pumping, kick-drum heavy tune with just a touch of psychedelia. Overall, the Drum Formulas EP is a stand out release that deserves attention from both DJs and other dance music enthusiasts, especially since it’s already seeing support from underground luminaries like Lee Burridge, DJ T., and more.

Buy the EP on Beatport.

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Desert Hearts, an intimate underground gathering, record label, and community driven by ambassadors of “House, Techno, & Love,” finally descends upon the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation in Southern California for its anticipated 2 year anniversary festival this weekend. With an outstanding lineup of likeminded artists including Tiefschwarz, Fur Coat, Avatism, Shaun Reeves, Francesca Lombardo, Amirali, the Desert Hearts crew (Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, & Deep Jesus), and an array of local favorites, amongst others, this “sanctuary from the ordinary” and its attendees (we’ll be there!) are set for a vibey weekend of non-stop dance music pumping through a Funktion-One.

In addition to the musical offerings, Desert Hearts will host a wide variety of art including live painting, interactive art, sculptures, and more, while also featuring fire dancers, other performance artists, yoga classes, workshops, and a healing village. To top it all off, a handful of theme camps like Music Savages and Desert Hearts‘ own Pile Palace will be present to round out the festival’s amenities. Intimate events of this magnitude are hard to come by, so this weekend will be very special for those who are able to experience it first hand.

All details aside, I’ve been trying to go to a Desert Hearts festival for over a year, and it’s finally happening. I’ve been set on going for a while as I’ve heard only great things, but after having an incredible time at City Hearts LA, my decision was further solidified. Hope to see you out there!

Limited pre-sale tickets are still available here (until 5pm PST tomorrow), and if you need some more convincing, I’ve included a fan-made recap video of their Spring festival, the full lineup/set times, the festival map, and the Desert Hearts Edition guest mix from Mikey Lion after the jump.

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