Starklove is a New York City producer, poet and part-time prophet. Starklove is releasing his debut album 'desiderata' on Bartleby Records on October 20, 2010. The album features several collaborations. Scratches were contributed by DJ DStyles, arguably one of the greatest turntablists of all time. Additional music production came from New York producer Dirty Elegance and Los Angeles producer Mr.a Merlin. Vocalists include Newark emcee hAbiB, East Orange emcee Big Pep, Brooklyn soul / lounge singer Sarah Tracey and poetry by Mr. Merlin. Also featured is Brooklyn's Dan Venne, lead guitarist of the seminal postrock band Cougar. While making the album, Starklove was struggling with a double-life. He was holding down a full-time job at a television music studio while simultaneously acting as a middle man for one of the biggest high-grade marijuana operations in North America. The slippery slope of the drug trade proved to be too much and Starklove spiraled into a drug-fueled lifestyle that was unsustainable. He spent many years battling a severe cocaine and freebase addiction and it was during this time that he produced 'desiderata'. The album's main theme is 'that which we desire most is what ultimately destroys us'. More than the chronicle of a struggle to overcome addiction, it is an exploration of desire and it's effects. Furthermore, the album is selfreferential; in fact, it almost never saw the light of day because it was weighed down by desires that may never be realized.