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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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A Desert Hearts resident DJ and GDD™ homie hailing from San Diego, Kevin Anderson, has graced stages with the likes of Dixon, Tim Green, Kill Frenzy, Walker & Royce, and more. Described as a living party that manifests itself inside the music and vibe when he DJs, Kevin is now stepping up his production game with a brilliant debut release, the You’re Mine EP, on Desert Hearts Records. On the EP, he delivers two solo tracks and a collab with the Desert Hearts Records boss Mikey Lion, taking us on a trip through deep house with a gratifying touch of nostalgia. With a remix from YOBILL & RYBO rounding out the offering, Kevin‘s You’re Mine EP is a great addition to any music library. Purchase the EP on Beatport.

In celebration of the release, here are some words from Desert Hearts to put it in context – “Ever since their first event 2 years ago in the Mojave, Kevin Anderson has been one of the bread & butter Desert Hearts DJs. Known for taking his shirt off when the party hits critical mass, Kev Dawg loves to party and his vibe is never more apparent than on a Desert Hearts dance floor. We couldn’t be happier to see Kevin put out the sophmore release on Desert Hearts Records. House, Techno, & Love is what they’re all about, so jump head first, shirt off, into this release because it’s a groover.”

Catch Kevin Anderson live at Desert Hearts’ City Hearts LA this Friday, October 3rd.
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After paying their dues behind-the-scenes in the underground, the impassioned and well-intentioned Desert Hearts (DH) crew has recently been gaining the clout that they deserve, yet they still remain as humble and focused as ever. Known for their vibe-heavy, community-oriented gatherings where the House, Techno, and love doesn’t stop, Desert Hearts is now widening its musical footprint as a record label with its first successful release from one of the DH masterminds, Mikey Lion, and his friend, Jonjo Williams. The pair have offered up a funky, groove-driven 2-track EP that highlights Wu-Tang Clan and James Brown influences in a modern dance floor-ready manner. Enjoy below and the EP can be purchased on Beatport.

Check out the official video after the jump as a bonus!
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One of Southern California’s finest producer/DJs, Mikey Lion, had early beginnings scratching hip-hop records at the age of 13, but since then, he’s moved on to dance music, cultivating his career through productions and DJ residencies at renowned parties such as Lovelife. Additionally, this San Diego-based artist is also a co-founder and resident of the underground festival, Desert Hearts, that is quickly building a strong community of likeminded House and Techno aficionados, while receiving critical acclaim from respected media outlets like Resident Advisor.

In celebration of the upcoming Desert Hearts festival (Tickets) being held in Apple Valley, CA from April 25-27th, Mikey Lion has delivered an excellent mix of his refined brand of “Tribal Gangster Tech-House” that’ll keep you coming back for more deep grooves. Enjoy the mix below, then head after the jump for Mikey’s upcoming tour dates (including Coachella this weekend), more info on Desert Hearts, and the tracklist for the mix.

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A collaboration between Christopher Kristoff and the San Diego-based DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop, along with the recent member, Andy Crane, has yielded the stand-out festival known as Desert Hearts, which has been heralded as “One of the best electronic music experiences in America” by Resident Advisor. Desert Hearts was established as a community-oriented house and techno gathering with the goal of achieving a memorable energetic ambiance, while maintaining high musical integrity – and from what I’ve heard, they do just that + more.

After a massively successful 1 year anniversary, they return for their Spring festival that features world-class headline artists like Tim Green, DJ T, Matthew Dekay, Droog, Christian Martin, and a plethora of the finest local talent including Tara Brooks, Eduardo Castillo, Jon Dadon, Kevin Anderson, and of course, the Desert Hearts DJs, amongst others (listed above). With this fantastic group of artists behind the decks, one can be sure that there will be proper house and techno bumping through Funktion-One sound systems all weekend long. Check out the video after the jump to get a visual for the Desert Hearts vibe, and be sure to grab your tickets here to experience this intimate gathering first hand. We’ll see you there!

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