To spark the anticipation for their annual festival, the Desert Hearts crew have kicked off their ‘Road To Desert Hearts’ series with a brand new EP from Porky and Mitch Dodge.
The duo comes firing in with their ‘Chameleon’ EP, which includes two songs that showcase the sounds you can expect to hear at the Desert Hearts festival in April.
The title track takes us to another dimension with a larger-than-life bassline that lingers throughout the duration of the song. Avoiding any melodic elements, Porky & Mitch Dodge keep it simple on ‘Chameleon’ by focusing on the perfectly engineered drum patterns, lingering vocals, and a massive bassline.
‘Big Dog,’ sticks to a similar formula, but still sounds fresh in its own way. The highlight of this track is found in the breakdown which builds up to one of the largest drops you have ever heard.
Southern California’s Desert Hearts Records is back with the fourth volume of their annual Family & Friends compilation. Artists from all around the world including Tini Gessler, Jesse Perez, Beth Lydi, and Alan Nieves served up fresh cuts to the mix, translating to an EP as diverse as it is grooving. Naturally, Family & Friends also includes tracks from Desert Hearts veterans Kevin Anderson, Mitch Dodge, and Memo Rex.
All 19 tracks in this year’s Family & Friends compilation epitomize the heart and soul of Desert Hearts. From the hypnotizing bassline in Tini Gessler’s “Acid” to the marvelous blend of rising pitches in Memo Rex & Joe Pea’s “Refreshing Conversation For The Mind,” Family & Friends Volume 4 showcases the finest selection of house music that you can expect to hear at a Desert Hearts Party.
Purchase the Family & Friends Volume 4 Compilation here
Desert Hearts Black has returned with the hard-hitting release of Phantom, a two-track record from Turkish twins Lunar Plane. The EP is an ode to the depths of melodic techno, proving the duo’s acute sense of sound that dominates dance floors around the world.
Dark, booming bass lines form a thrusting structure that stirs an extraterrestrial essence throughout the EP. A slow-burning progression and shadowy synths take hold of the title-track, while ‘The Lighthouse’ is an echanting melangé of industrial soundscapes and otherwordly inflections.
While Lunar Plane has conquered the academic realm of America as Yale Univeristy graduates, the set of identical twins has embarked on a journey to claim their territory in the music space. Not long after the brothers’ production partnership began in 2014, Lunar Plane earned heavy support in the DJ community, including Solomun, Tale of Us, Steyoyoke and Stil Vor Talent.
Since the recent inception of Desert Hearts’ sub-label Desert Hearts Black, the brainchild of Marbs and Evan Casey, the imprint has already formed a solid discography and artist catalogue. Phantom comes only a couple months after their first release Torus, which claimed the #1 spot on Beatport’s Overall Chart upon its release.
Justin Jay just dropped Future Feels, a two-track trip of sonic exploration. Released on Desert Hearts, this record is the Southern Californian’s debut on the label.
‘Future Feels’ is a romantic union of funkadelic and melodic influences. Starting off with soft vocals and twinkling synths, Jay elevates the track to groovy heights with trippy synths and juicy bass lines.
Jay’s musings of the future are realized on ‘Rave Tools’ through a vortex of meaty synths, chunky samples and thick basslines. The EP is an overall reflection of his playfulness as an artist and the bright energy he emanates in his performances.
While the DJ and producer’s career began in his dorm room, Jay has grown to be a household name across America and a key member of the Dirtybird flock. He is currently on tour to celebrate the third anniversary of Fantastic Voyage. See if he’s playing in your hometown here.
Clyde P is one of France’s most successful new exports, joining Shiba San and other notable acts as a respected global talent. His Desert Hearts EP, The Gnawa March, is fast-paced and quirky – with a heavy low-end on both of its tracks. It also comes with an equally intense remix of the title track by Darius Syrossian.
Doorly and Ten Dem cooked up a tantalizing track in their cauldron of beats to create a dance floor weapon. This spellbinding EP, titled “Witch House,” fits seamlessly into the Desert Hearts catalog of funky house beats. The opener, “Witch House” is a raw tech-house track with low-end grooves and mesmerizing vocals. The song will no doubt lure the wild and witchy EDM lovers to gather ‘round the dance floor. The EP finishes with an instrumental version of “Witch House” so to satisfy every type of house music lover.
The two artists have been working together since 2016 when Doorly took Tan Dem under his wing. The protégé artist and the house music veteran put their collaborative skills on display for this track, so grab your brooms and fly into the Desert Hearts dusk of house music bliss.
Born in Bolivia, Morpei hustled to make a name for himself on the global stage at a very young age. He found success in his home country at just 16 years old and once he turned 18 he moved to the US to dive into his music career. This is already the second time we’ve seen the artist on Desert Hearts Records, and “Desert Faith” is his first full EP on the label.
The two-track EP has that retro-turned-modern vibe that Morpei is known for. The opener, “Faith in Groove,” is infused with tribal drum elements, punchy bass lines, and jazzy old-school electric keyboard synths. The second song on the EP, “Desert Worship,” is a soulful track punctuated with acid lines and funky synths that force body movement.
“Desert Faith” seems to be the manifestation of all Morpei’s hard work and a mastery of his signature style. The EP is such a fun addition to the Desert Hearts label, and further solidifies Morpei’s place a the funk-house king.
After playing at a couple of Desert Hearts events, it only
made sense to officially embrace SHADED into the Desert Hearts family by
signing him to the label. The artist’s debut EP on the label, “Gucci Baggy”
fits right in with the brand and promises great things in the future.
The opening track, Gucci Baggy, captivates the mind with
lyrics that will bring out the listener’s expensive taste: everyone can have a
Gucci bag on the dance floor with them for this track. The track boasts
retro-inspired synths and a buzzing bassline that trickles into the next track.
The second song, titled Trounce, feels a bit quirkier than the first with
unusual sounding bubbling synths that maintain a retro sound but edges into the
The entire EP is playful and deeply rooted in the Desert Hearts house music genre, which makes us excited for what’s to come from this partnership. Give it a listen!
The Family & Friends series from Desert Hearts Records is an ode to what the Desert Hearts crew does best: house, techno, deep house, and tech-house. Riddled with label stalwarts old and new, this collection of songs samples exactly what you’d hear at a Desert Hearts party.
The third installment of the Family & Friends series is comprised of 19 tracks that represent every shade of Desert Hearts. With artists Andrea Henneberg, Sacha Robotti, Cut Snake, NiQW, Sydney Blu, Rich Pinder, and many more, there is no shortage of fresh tracks on the collection.
The opener is a song from Andrea Henneberg, aptly titled “Desert Hearts.” It begins with a robotic voice repeating, “Desert Hearts,” which then proclaims, “Let’s rock that shit.” It’s a fun start to this third volume and sets the listener up for the rest of the collection, in which, of course, the artists are rocking that shit. Crank the volume and enjoy.
After first releasing her own music in 2010, Joye Muniz’s underground fame spread worldwide like wildfire. DJ Namito ran the underground scene in Berlin, until most recently releasing a double LP entitled Letting Go which garnished national acclamation. Recently, the two elite musicians hailing from Deutschland, came together to deliver a classic EP Me and Da Beat.
The German DJs start strong with a fire track featuring Quinta Jones over crazy synths and a slap-happy bass line.
They reached deep in their toolboxes to bring to life “Beside My Beat”. A fever dream sound created by combining cutting tones and sharp percussion with hollow progressions, strings, and vocals.
They paint the final stroke of their portrait as powerfully as the first, drafting Desert Hearts lead, Mikey Lion, to craft a salacious tech house rinse.