Many have come to know Desert Hearts as the endearing party animal crew parading their “House, Techno, Love” mantra around every corner of the globe. Founders Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, and Porky have long called forth an easygoing tech-house sound in their sets. However, two of their most beloved techno promenades, Marbs and Evan Casey, have maintained an aesthetic that goes deeper, darker, and more industrial. Now, the two Desert Hearts mainstays have launched just the platform for their driving soundscapes.

Introducing: Desert Hearts Black, a new sublabel of Desert Hearts meant “for those in our family who enjoy heavier, darker, more journey driven sounds,” according to Marbs.

“Someone special to me once said, ‘We can easily find our way in the light, but in the darkness is where we can truly discover who we are,’” Marbs says. “Those moments of self discovery, especially within music, have shaped who we are and how we see the world around us. This project is aimed at creating immersive experiences, of both sound and setting, to take people deeper and reach into the far corners of the genres we love so much.”

Together, he and Evan Casey have released a new single, “Torus,” a collaboration with mau5trap newcomer Rinzen that is also part of an upcoming EP of the same name, due out August 9. If the track is any indication of what’s to come from the newly-formed imprint, then Desert Hearts techno aficionados can expect deep, driving baselines, psychedelic melodies, and pulsating percussion that is entirely out of this world.

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Written by Ryan Morse

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