Listen to the new Pretty Lights song, “Around the Block” featuring Talib KweliBy Ricardo Baca | April 15th, 2013 | No Comments »
So you want to hear the new Pretty Lights song? Youâ€™re in luck.
The new Pretty Lights song, â€śAround the Block,â€ť is a collaboration with rapper Talib Kweli and the first single off the Denver-rooted DJ/producerâ€™s upcoming full-length, â€śA Color Map of the Sun.â€ť
As weâ€™ve written before, instead of sampling other peopleâ€™s work as heâ€™s done in the past, Pretty Lights (a.k.a. LoDo resident Derek Vincent Smith) created his own vocal tracks and instrumentals and more for this project â€“ and then sampled those creations to create something wholly new and unique and, really, unprecedented.
Weâ€™ll call it self-sampling, and hereâ€™s the new Pretty Lights song â€śAround the Block:â€ť
Smith calls the track â€śa feel-good summertime hip-hop jam â€¦ all about slowing down and enjoying the best moments in life.â€ť We agree with that, and weâ€™ll add that it takes what Pretty Lights has done in the past â€“ down-tempo bangers focused on soul licks and dubby tendencies â€“ and adds to it a new and original voice. Whereas other producers will opt for the obvious cuts and drops, Pretty Lights challenges his listeners with something heavier, a package that is as dense as youâ€™d expect but more glitchy and experimental than what weâ€™ve heard from him and others in the past.
If you dig the track as we do, download it gratis here (http://prettylightsmusic.com/
In prepping â€śA Color Map of the Sunâ€ť â€“ which will be released as a â€śno-costâ€ť download on his website as well as a number of physical options (vinyl, CD, USB jump drive) on July 2 â€“ Smith also documented the process on film. Heâ€™ll release the doc later this summer, but in the meantime heâ€™s offering this trailer as a glimpse into the most involved recording project heâ€™s ever been involved with: