Take it back to June 2013 when we first came across the funk-infused disco stylings of Lonely Boy. His track 'Love Wanted' caught our attention during Pumpkin's set at the Woogie Stage during Lightning in a Bottle 2013 [LISTEN HERE], and ever since we've been behind him 100%. Of late, there has been a growing buzz around Lonely Boy ahead of a strong release schedule in early 2015. One that saw the release of his underground tech-house phenomenon 'Don't You Think' EP hit shelves two days ago on Desert Hearts Records and will see the release of his funked up 'I Like Disco' cut coming out on Vinyl/Digital via UK legends Futureboogie Recordings in a few weeks. And from what we've heard, there are more big announcements coming from him as the year unfolds, so keep your ears and eyes peeled for updates.
As you all know, we are BIG supporters of the Desert Hearts community and their maturing label Desert Hearts Records, so the fact that they've chosen to put out a Lonely Boy EP as their fourth release is the best of both worlds for us. The journey of Don't You Think emerged with the premiere of the track on URB.com, noting that the original big support came from none other than deejay master Lee Burridge and his label-in-development Get Weird, but eventually found it's home with Desert Hearts through a personal connection to the festival. A truly serendipitous connection, to say the least.
DH004 features two original works, the massive title track 'Don't You Think' and B-side sleeper 'Rise,' as well as a dusty desert-tech 'Mojave' remix of the 'Don't You Think' from label friend Bengal (Premiere on Pulse Radio). There's no denying that Lonely Boy's disco/funk synth roots are present in both original tracks, but for this release we see his break into a much more tech house based rhythm. Beat and bass driven, the EP touches on elements of dark club nights and bright day vibes all at once. Perfect examples of the EPs diverse range of context include it's Sound Nightclub premiere via Lee Burridge [WATCH HERE],it's debut on the Playa during Mikey Lion's set at Distrikt this last year [LISTEN HERE] and my personal favorite when Porkchop laid it on thick at the Desert Hearts Two Year Anniversary festival in November. We're continuing to see major support on this release and wouldn't be surprised if you didn't hear it out this weekend!
An overall really hot release from an extremely talented musician, producer and deejay. Keep your eyes on this guy in 2015 and make sure to buy his tracks below if you like them! Support your local producers! Buy locally sourced beats!!