Desert Hearts Records launches subsidiary label Desert Hearts Black

Over the past seven years Desert Hearts has become one of North America’s strongest curatorial forces for underground shades of house and techno. Through their flagship festival, touring event concepts, and record label, the brand has fostered a community of music fans in search of peak dancefloor experiences. With a diverse range of taste offered from its founding members, the Desert Hearts sound embodies a spectrum of sonics fit for any time, from day time get-downs to the darkest hours just before daybreak.

It is those otherworldly moments of early morning reflection that embody the sound and direction of the label’s newly founded subsidiary, Desert Hearts Black. The label has been announced today as a creative outlet for Desert Hearts founder Marbs and fellow venturer into the deeper and darker avenues of electronic music, Evan Casey. Those who have attended Desert Hearts’ flagship festival will know Marbs and Evan from their iconic late-night sets that have become an essential part of the event’s trajectory and avant-garde appeal. DH Black will keep course with the vibe that these performances have crafted, merging the connectivity of the brand’s core ethos with the melodic and psychedelic sounds of tomorrow.

“The primary intention of Desert Hearts Black is to open up more opportunities for the community to experience and participate in the late night and early morning music heard at the festival over the years. Currently, Desert Hearts Records has represented our house community to the fullest and we want to provide that same outlet for those in our family who enjoy heavier, darker, more journey driven sounds.

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.’ 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.” – Marbs

The new label will be minted by a collaborative three-track release from Marbs, Rinzen, and Evan Casey, ‘Torus’ EP, out now. It’s an ethereal and haunting journey into their shared cryptic psyche, composed entirely of analog hardware and drum samples. Its dark, otherworldly tones have already been supported by the likes of Nicole Moudaber, Henry Saiz, and Deep Dish, who played closing track ‘Helix’ during their Coachella live stream. Listen here:

Marbs and Evan have been joined by Rinzen on the debut release, 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.

Desert Hearts Black will host a release party for the EP tonight in Downtown Los Angeles’ warehouse district – a fitting locale for the dark trip in store. The event will feature all three of the Torus collaborators, in addition to a special set by Thugfucker. More info and last-minute tickets here:

It is with the abundant tools of space and abstraction that Desert Hearts Black aims to project the endless internal journey of the mind onto all of those willing to dig deeper. Strap in.

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