Another rotation around the sun brings a new year and, with it, an opportunity to set intentions and manifest prosperity for the coming year. With that in mind, Desert Hearts Black is ready to welcome 2022 with a renewed aim in delivering techno and house music for its international audience. Taking this opportunity to renew, reset, and welcome, label boss Marbs kicks things off with his new EP, Minds on the Run, featuring an uncanny remix from none other than Oscar L. Made throughout 2021, Minds on the Run was written for the return of live music and as a reflection of the collective experience of the pandemic.
Minds on the Run opens with a 7-minute club track, “Needed Time.” This anthemic piece was written with peak hours in mind – accessing this golden hour energy with Native American chants in the soundscape and a message of psychedelia. A consistently rolling bassline gives listeners the feeling of being surrounded by a collective night experience – reminiscent of what DH strives for. Melodic risers are also infused as the track progresses, leading to what feels like a swell of energy that can be reflective of the hugs and champagne that were abundant in DH nights. The track also represents a shift in focus for DHB in 2022 as they plan to expand from melodic house and techno to more diverse sounds packed with attitude and groove.
“Mental Gymnastics” offers a hastened vibe to reflect the chaotic time it was written, contributing staccato synth play and a thumping backbeat. Its sprawling style builds on the tone set by the opening track, lending to nighttime festivals – exploring sounds that range from melodic to electro to tech. Continuing the theme of ‘minds running,’ the track calls to the producers’ state of trying to adjust and figure out this new reality. Darker tones can be heard throughout the backing of the soundscape, contributing to that added layer of complexity while pulling listeners deeper into this tech house atmosphere.
The title track is the final original on the EP and conveys Marbs’ longing for the DH booth at sunrise, a sentiment that is echoed amongst fans everywhere. The production picks up the bustling energy to mint itself as the project’s certified banger. It combines elements that were familiarly touched upon in the first two tracks – choppy vocals, ethereal tones, and deeper basslines. The release drop comes nearly 2 and a half minutes in, when a reverberated vocal sends listeners afloat on an oscillating bassline marred in instrumental and vocal elements. A euphoric feeling transcends at this moment, transporting listeners to a space that has been both missed and heavily anticipated to return. There’s an almost cinematic feel to the composition of the instrumental elements and it adds to the addictive nature of the bassline.
In a poetic manner, the project wraps up with a bonus techno remix of “Needed Time” by Spanish Techno/Tech House veteran Oscar L. His sound marries classic and peculiar influences and has earned placements with the likes of Drumcode (Adam Beyer’s label), Knee Deep In Sound (Hot Since 82’s label), Stereo Productions (Chus & Ceballos’s label), Truesoul (Adam Beyer’s label), We Are The Brave (Alan Fitzpatrick’s label), and 1605 (Umek’s label). Oscar also directs his own radio show, D-Mix, which is broadcasted in 16 countries through 130 different stations. Oscar L’s professional framework continues to expand, foreshadowing a prolific future and a privileged position amongst the most outstanding figures of his country.
Sharing his excitement for this bonus remix, Marbs mentions,
I’ve been an Oscar L fan for a long time. When I sent him the music and he said yes, I was really excited to have him on Desert Hearts Black.
By circling back to the opening track, this remix ties the new direction of DHB together with what it’s been known and beloved for as a well-established brand. It symbolizes both what has been and what is to come, in a very similar manner to the return of live music events over the past several months and in the coming year.
Desert Hearts looks to celebrate 10 years this spring, when Desert Hearts Festival moves into its new venue of Lake Perris, California. Minds on the Run previews the label’s excitement to return to the festival landscape, as well as a renewed focus to expand on its electronic offerings. Join the Desert Hearts community for their grand return and most magical festival yet: Thursday, April 28- Monday, May 2, 2022.
About Marbs and Desert Hearts:
Having grown up in Southern California with the infamous motley crew known as Desert Hearts, Marbs was primarily influenced by legends like Pink Floyd and Tool, while also listening to underground hip-hop, reggae, and rock. His no-holds-barred love for all genres, displayed from an early age, would grow his fortuitous career as a DJ/Producer.
Over the last several years, Marbs and Evan Casey have helped grow the DH label subsidiary, Desert Hearts Black, into a respected platform for melodic strains of house and techno. The inaugural EP Torus – a collab from Marbs, Rinzen, and Evan Casey – reached the #1 spot on Beatport’s Overall chart after its singles were supported by Deep Dish and many others. The label has already seen releases from Tim Engelhardt, Dance Spirit, Thugfucker, Arude, Anakim, Rinzen, and Lunar Plane.
They’ve continued to thrive through an otherwise tumultuous year for the industry, taking the Twitch world by storm and reaching tens of thousands of viewers weekly with their music.
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