Desert Hearts Black unveils debut compilation, ‘Gateways Vol. 1’

For the better half of a year since its creation, Desert Hearts Black has served as an American outpost for envelope-pushing melodic house and techno. The imprint continues this tradition with a brand new compilation series, ‘Gateways.’ Standing at 15 tracks, the first-ever Desert Hearts Black multi-artist venture features contributions from GNTN, Enamour, DJ AroZe, and many more.

Founders Marbs and Evan Casey have invited some friends from around the globe to participate in the launch of ‘Gateways.’ Stil Vor Talent alums GNTN make their label debut with Ornaments, while BOHO enters with a Rachel Raw-assisted “Vacant”—both serving as the record’s German representation. Tel Aviv talent DJ AroZe, who’s appeared on top imprints like Steyoyoke and Plattenbank, contributes two tracks in the forms of “My Shadow” and “Tern Haven.” Pongo, NEUMA, and Emiliano Demarco round out the compilation’s global contingent.

‘Gateways Vol 1.’ focuses heavily on bringing USA underground mavericks to light. Enamour, an Anjunadeep signee championed by Lane 8, lands on ‘Gateways’ with a futuristic ‘Life In The Machine.’ San Diego hometown heroes Memo Rex and Susio provide a churning “Fantastical,” while Mala Strana, Michael Hooker, Class-A Deviants, and Benthos & Mojulo show off innovation from Chicago to Reno.

Since its launch, Desert Hearts Black has already proven itself as a strong underground force. The label’s debut EP, ‘Torus,’ became Beatport’s top Melodic House & Techno release upon release, and it has since gone on to bring titans like Tim Engelhardt, Thugfucker, Dance Spirit, and Lunar Plane into its ranks.


Damion Pell
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