Desert Hearts goes deep and dark with new sublabel, Desert Hearts Black

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Desert Hearts goes deep and dark with new sublabel, Desert Hearts BlackEvan Casey Marbs Credit 2nd Nature

Most know Desert Hearts as a fun-loving crew touting House, Techno, Love across the world. Crew members Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, and Porky often purvey a lighthearted, fun tech sound; but their fellow cohort Marbs has always maintained a deeper, more driving musical aesthetic. Together with Desert Hearts regular Evan Casey, the two have now manifested an entity fitting their collective mindset in Desert Hearts Black.

Desert Hearts Black will be a sublabel of Desert Hearts Records, meant “for those in our family who enjoy heavier, darker, more journey driven sounds,” according to Marbs. To capture this idea aurally, he and Evan Casey have tossed up a long-awaited single: “Torus,” their collaboration with Rinzen that is also part of an upcoming EP of the same name. The track has been rinsed to great success in all three of their sets for the past six-plus months, and it’s easy to see why; its psychedelically arranged melodies and pounding percussion send listeners straight into a different realm.

Those in LA will get the chance to celebrate the label launch in person through a special warehouse party in August where Thugfucker will also be a guest. More details are available here.

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Rinzen’s third EP is a cinematic ‘Prologue’ for what’s to come [Review & Stream]

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Rinzen’s third EP is a cinematic ‘Prologue’ for what’s to come [Review & Stream]Rinzen Prologue Press Shot

Over the past two years, Michael Sundius has become a mau5trap fixture. His brand of cinematic, progressive techno as Rinzen has earned him numerous releases on deadmau5’s esteemed imprint, as well as the coveted honor of opening for Zimmerman himself at shows around the globe. And, while this success, for many, would mark the culmination of a musical career, Rinzen’s newest release suggests that he sees the past as a precursor for what’s to come.

Entitled Prologue, his third EP acts as a conceptual work, which Sundius notes is “inspired by [his] fascination with literature and storytelling.” He further asserts, “I believe this to be my most cinematic work yet.”

It’s not difficult to understand how Sundius feels this way, either. The two-track offering works almost as a reflection of itself. Both songs — “Prologue” and “Sorcery” — stand exactly at six minutes in length, but each builds a world that is almost diametric to the other.

In the “Prologue,” Rinzen explores mellifluous leanings, weaving a wistfully hopeful sonic scape, punctuated occasionally by purposefully strident, albeit subtle synth-work.

As one would likely expect from its title, “Sorcery” dabbles in the dark arts. While the melodic influences of the titular track remain ubiquitous in the B-side,  they take on a supporting role. At its core, “Sorcery” is driven by haunting bass arrangements, diving into the umbral aesthetics that pervade the most intriguing cinematic scores.

Earlier today, March 8, Rinzen communicated the following to his fan-base, regarding the conceptual nature of Prologue:

“This is the story of my new EP. Ready? ‘Prologue’ is an ode to my love of literature. It’s about myths, poems, and fairytales. I wanted it to be a living scene, like a still frame from a movie. The EP is also a metaphor for my journey as an artist. This is my ‘prologue.’ This is my beginning.”

With his newest record, Rinzen has put forth a score that would find itself as at home in the club as at the cinema. If this is his prologue, his first chapter should prove to be a sound to behold.

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: Jorge Meza Photos

Lunar Lunes: Vincent and Yetep get on the ‘Same Page,’ Will Clarke and Nick Monaco thrill with new original, Jai Wolf delivers two new tracks + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

In his latest, Vincent has teamed up with Yetep and Brooke Daye to deliver the lighthearted “Same Page.” Will Clarke and Nick Monaco concoct some techno madness with their new collaboration, “Like A Girl,” on Dirtybird. In a seven-minute Steyoyoke Recordings venture, Rinzen has created “Forms,” an ethereal techno odyssey. Jai Wolf released two tracks from his forthcoming debut album, The Cure To Loneliness, “Lose My Mind” and “Telepathy.” Those who’ve seen a k?d performance can finally enjoy his show edit of “Find Paradise,” which he released via SoundCloud. KUURO have covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” and Sam Void‘s released “Feel The Low” on Protocol Recordings. HERO has revealed a “VHS pop” Fool’s Gold EP, containing disco-influenced tracks like “Nightcrawler.” Rainer + Grimm deliver their rendition of R3HAB‘s “Radio Silence,” and Syn Cole puts his spin on Nina Nesbitt’s “Colder.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Rinzen lands on iconic German label Steyoyoke in fine ‘Forms’

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Rinzen lands on iconic German label Steyoyoke in fine ‘Forms’Rinzen Shoot 3 Trona Pinnacles Michael Drummond 0564

One of mau5trap‘s prominent rising stars, Rinzen, has spread his influence across the pond as of late. It began with an emotive “Tragedia” on the UK-based Chapter 24 records. Afterward, he packed his USB crate and traveled alongside deadmau5 on his Euro tour, further solidifying his fanbase overseas. To top off his 2018, he and Evan Casey paired up for the creepingily satisfying “Fractal” on prominent Solée-led imprint Parquet.

This wasn’t the only Berlin card Rinzen had to play; for he’s started his year out on a strong note with a release on none other than the “ethereal techno” institution, Steyoyoke. “Forms” is a piece that feels right at home on the label. It’s rife with eerie and mysterious moog melodies, taking listeners on a journey deep down the rabbit hole that explodes into hellfire at the end. Not to mention, the sound design on “Forms” is on-point; with tight mixing and just the right balance of spaciness and grit. One might even argue it’s one of his finest tracks to date, and that’s a big thing to say considering his entire library is of high caliber.

It’s safe to say that 2019 is looking to be the year of the Rinzen.

#Rinzenrepeat here 

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.

2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

Good Morning Mix: Rinzen tears down Printworks London with atmospheric set

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Rinzen has had a monumental 2018. From deepening his ties to the mau5trap community with his “Monophobia” remix and Exoplanet EP, to touring some of the UK’s finest underground venues, the LA-based artist has shown serious development. To cap off his year, Rinzen has now shared his set from Printworks London back in November.

Cycling through his own tracks (released and unreleased) and killer cuts from Maceo Plex, Stephan Bodzin, Tale of Us, and more, Rinzen offers up some prime techno that packs both hard-hitting beats and ambient textures. Reflecting on the night, Rinzen notes that Printworks “was hands down the coolest venue [he’s] ever played, and one of [his] favorite set’s [he’s] performed as well.” With one of London’s craziest venues under his belt, we can only expect bigger and better things coming from Rinzen in 2019.

Rinzen and Evan Casey land on Parquet with a magical, ‘Fractal’

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Rinzen and Evan Casey land on Parquet with a magical, ‘Fractal’Rinzen Evan Casey Fractal

It was obvious from his start that Rinzen is primed to lead the next generation of underground greats. He already earned a co-sign from Giorgio Moroder on his very first release, and since being picked up by the mau5trap crew, has been able to spread his musical vision across the states and more recently, Europe. Leaning toward the melodic side of house and techno, it comes as no surprise that leaders in this realm are beginning to recognize the burgeoning talent. Thus, his follow-up to an exploratory, tribal-inspired “Temple” on Chapter 24 records is a signing onto Solée’s iconic imprint, Parquet.

“Fractal” is a combination of Rinzen’s talents, and that of of his friend and colleague Evan Casey, resident of the famed Desert Hearts brand. It comes packaged in shadowy overtones, with sinister melodies and bursts of cunning arpeggios creating a feeling of angst in the listeners. Consistency is clearly the collaborator’s modus operandi in this production; rather than including a larger-than-life drop, “Fractal” drives the floor forward at a steady pace, finding impact in its Recondite-esque minimalism. The record is truly class — a standard we’ve come to expect from anything with Rinzen’s name on it.



Order a copy of ‘Fractal’ here

Rinzen releases cinematic new single, ‘Temple’

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Rinzen releases cinematic new single, ‘Temple’Rinzen Press Shot 2017 1

Mau5trap veteran and Chapter 24 signee Rinzen is known for pairing his heavy sound with touches of cinematic beauty, from his dark collaboration with Monstergetdown to his indie leaning remix of Kidnap‘s “Skin.” Back with a single for Chapter 24’s new compilation, Rinzen has now released “Temple.”

Pairing with violinist Allesandra Veger, the LA-based producer adds a gentle, analog feel to the track while maintaining a solid groove. An ever-present vocal sample creates a steady pace as engaging melodies work their way into the track, breaking only for a vivid solo on the violin. Building tension as the calm before the storm, the song moves right back into it’s textured soundscape. Reminiscent of artists like Yotto, Rinzen once again shows his finesse for combining big sounds with gentle touches, and he’s only moving forward from there.

deadmau5 announces new mau5trap radio series on SiriusXM

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The mau5trap maven himself, Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5), has now vamped his very own weekly radio show, mau5trap radio, through SiriusXM. The first edition aired late last week, September 28, featuring a fitting, hot-button guest mix from Getter, who just recently released his mau5trap-certified concept album, Visceral.

The internationally-aired series is set to feature a sundry of other mau5trap talent, with debuts lined up from the label’s most auspicious acts, including REZZ, ATTLAS, No Mana, Rinzen, and more. The show has found a home on SiriusXM’s BPM (channel 51): a sacred staple in the electronic airwaves. This landmark achievement for Zimmerman and the esteemed imprint comes just one year after mau5trap’s momentous 10-year anniversary.

After a three-day period, each show will be plugged onto Mixcloud, where listeners can stream freely. Additionally, the show will air regularly across the globe, through the following mediums:

Germany – ENERGY NRJ
Turkey – Radyo S – Monday 11pm
Dubai – Dance FM – Tuesday 22:00 PM
Mexico – Beat FM
Cyprus – ENERGY NRJ (Prime time – Saturday agreed).
Bulgaria – Radio Nova (If music & Jingle only)
Thailand – Kiss FM
Russia – DFM – Saturday 23:00 Moscow Time
Sri Lanka – Fox 91.4 12pm Friday (Repeated 11am Friday afternoon, the week after)
Kiss Fm, Australia – Saturday 6.30 – 7.30pm