Staring At All The Pretty Colors

By now you know that producer Derek Vincent Smith aka Pretty Lights, has put out an album called A Color Map Of The Sun and it dropped today. Instead of digging the crates to sample this album, he spent a year learning analogue recording in order to make his own samples. As a bonus there is a second disc to the album that contains 13 additional tracks straight off the vinyl acetates that he used to compose and create the album. You can preview the album on his soundcloud page. Breaking the mold of traditional production and marketing seems to have done well as a quick glance at his page will show you that most physical media orders for this album are already sold out. This is different from his free download / donate format that he has done in the past. In Derek’s own words,

“Like always, the album will be available in its entirety as a free download on the album’s release date via For the first time however, I encourage you to purchase a copy of the album. There are two honest reasons for this. The main reason is that as an artist I have always reinvested any success I have directly back into the music, the show and the art that goes along with it. Secondly, this isn’t just an album; it is a massive collection of music beyond what is on the CDs that I will continue to put out after the album release. There is an insightful documentary film on the making of this project to be released alongside the launch of the album, as well as a music video for every song. They are all beautiful and uniquely unusual pieces of art.”

So if you don’t have your pre-order copy already on it’s way to you then what where you thinking? Head over to his website and order you one. I’ll be enjoying mine on vinyl like a true audiophile should. In the meantime enjoy the the first track released from the album “Around The Block” feat. Talib Kweli.

If you go to the Pretty Lights YouTube page you can also find a 16 video playlist of visuals to go along with the album.

Posted By: Hypo-Luxa

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