For its first release of 2022, Desert Hearts Black 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 EP opens with a 7-minute club track, ‘Needed Time.’ This anthem of the EP was written with peak hours in mind – accessing this golden hour energy with native American chants in the soundscape. A message of psychedelia is enthused by a rolling bassline and melodic risers as the track progresses. Hugs, champagne, and the feeling of making it through the night should remind listeners of the collective experience DH strives for. The track also represents a shift in focus for DHB in 2021 – as they plan to expand from melodic house and techno into more diverse sounds packed with attitude and groove.
‘Mental Gymnastics’ offers a hastened vibe – contributing staccato synthe play and a thumping backbeat to impart upon the chaotic time it was written. It’s sprawling style lends to night time 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.
The title track is the final original on the EP, and conveys Marbs longing for the DH booth at sunrise. The production picks up the bustling energy to mint itself as the project’s certified banger. The release drop comes nearly 2 and a half minutes in, when a reverbered vocal sends listeners afloat on an oscillating bassline marred in instrumental and vocal elements.
The project wraps up with a bonus remix from Spanish Techno/Tech House veteran Oscar L. His sound marries classic and peculiar influences and has earned placements with the likes of Drumcode, Knee Deep In Sound, Stereo Productions, Truesoul, We Are The Brave, and 1605. 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. For his remix, Oscar L offers up a ‘On A Trip’ techno rework of “Needed Time.”
You can now listen to the full premiere of Oscar L’s remix exclusively on When We Dip. Enjoy!
Release Date: January 14th, 2021. Buy Here