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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.

Canadian Techno/New Wave & video game aficionado, Marc Houle, released music under the Minus label for many years. But like the old saying goes, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”  This, along with the fact that Houle’s musical inclinations were veering further away from Minus’ new sound, made him realize it was time to do his own thing in order to stay true to his unique retro sound. Continue Reading


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Although we don’t post as much Minimal on GDD™ as I would like, it is still important to honor and support the great artists of the genre, which is why I’ve devoted this post to two fantastic mixes from the oustanding, deep, and groovy Magda. Originally from Poland, Magda has also lived in two cities renowned for their definitive taste in Minimal Techno: Detroit and Berlin, where she befriended the legendary Richie Hawtin and was brought in to the Minus family. Just recently, Magda announced that she was leaving the imprint along with labelmates, Troy Pierce and Marc Houle, to focus on their label, Items & Things. After initially reading this information thanks to the fine people at XLR8R, I decided to go back into my Radio 1 Essential Mix vault to pull out Magda’s incredible two hour recording, and two weeks later, XLR8R had commissioned her for a podcast to mark the seminal resignation from Minus. These are two very well thought out and well put together mixes from a woman at the forefront of her field. I can’t wait to see what the future of Items & Things has in store for us!

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