Dirtybird and Desert Hearts is all anyone needed to hear before the line began to stretch outside of Exchange LA for the 4 year anniversary of Inception, Insomniac’s weekly party. Tonight’s event was centered around Christian Martin’s birthday, a fantastic excuse to raise giant inflatable pizzas over the dance floor for what we could only expect to be one of the funkiest parties of the Summer.
Christian Martin kicked off the party rationing off the dank Dirtybird tunes with a side of some dark tech house jams. The audience began to pile in but they weren’t anxious to crowd up towards the stage, but rather everyone kept an even spread leaving plenty of room to dance on the floor. With two giant inflatable cakes to the right and left of the stage, midnight struck with a roaring chant from the audience singing happy birthday to their hero.
It was not long until his brother Justin Martin took the reigns on the four CDJs lined up. Fresh off of his release of Hello Clouds earlier this year, Justin has been basking in one of the biggest years of his career alongside his entire team at Dirtybird. Tonight was a celebration and Justin wasted no time before jumping right into the bouncing tech house bangers. He seemlessly sifted through jams from his latest record while tossing in a ton of peak-time party tracks such as Dr. Dre’s Still Dre and Claude VonStoke’s Make A Cake.
After Justin Martin completely crushed the club it was time to dive into the world of Desert Hearts with two of their top resident DJs: Mikey Lion and Porkchop. For those unfamiliar with the crew, Desert Hearts is a gathering hosted north of San Diego and it is notorious for running a full 72 hours of non-stop house music. I attended my first gathering this past Spring and ever since then I have been fiending for a bump of DH style house music. And luckily that’s exactly what Exchange LA got.
Their performance was packed to the brim with bumpin’ tech house beats that got the floor moving like no other. They were able to take over a typically classy bottle service centered club with positive energy as if we were in the middle of the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. It was a satisfying way to end this night of playful dance music and we couldn’t have asked for it any other way.
After this night at Exchange LA all I can say is I have big hopes for the upcoming Dirtybird Campout festival and I am going to have to catch another Desert Hearts hosted event before their next big gathering coming in Spring. Until then here’s my favorite Porkchop mix to hold you off.