The time has come for the Desert Hearts family to dive headfirst into the deep end of techno. When the tech-house institution announced its upcoming subsidiary imprint, Desert Hearts Black (DHB), last month, fans of bleaker, more industrial tastes were euphoric with praise. The sublabel was meant to be the creative outlet for Desert Hearts founder Marbs and fellow venturer into the deeper and darker avenues of electronic music, Evan Casey. Those who’ve attended Desert Hearts’ flagship festival know the pair from their iconic late-night sets that have become a staple in the event’s avant-garde appeal.
The long-time friends are now celebrating DHB’s official launch with a power-packed debut EP, Torus. For the project, Marbs and Evan have teamed up with rising cinematic techno producer Rinzen, a producer who has seen a momentous trajectory through his narrative-based concept EPs on mau5trap and releases via key European labels like Berlin’s Steyoyoke and London’s Chapter 24 Records.
The EP comes with three tracks of deep, driving techno bliss. From the haunting melodies in the previously-released opening title track, to the thumping progressions and ominous bass lines of “Helix,” to the hypnotic bends and deep twists of “Ark,” the entire Torus EP takes listeners on a long night-time drive into multi-dimensional hyperspace. Wherever listeners end up is entirely up to them. With Marbs, Rinzen, and Evan Casey at the wheel, however, fans can rest assured they aren’t being led astray on their journey into the deep, dark abyss.