Listen to the new Pretty Lights song, "Around the Block" - Reverb

Listen to the new Pretty Lights song, “Around the Block” featuring Talib Kweli

So you want to hear the new Pretty Lights song? You’re in luck.

The new Pretty Lights song, “Around the Block,” is a collaboration with rapper Talib Kweli and the first single off the Denver-rooted DJ/producer’s upcoming full-length, “A Color Map of the Sun.”

As we’ve written before, instead of sampling other people’s work as he’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 – and then sampled those creations to create something wholly new and unique and, really, unprecedented.

We’ll call it self-sampling, and here’s the new Pretty Lights song “Around the Block:”

Smith calls the track “a feel-good summertime hip-hop jam … all about slowing down and enjoying the best moments in life.” We agree with that, and we’ll add that it takes what Pretty Lights has done in the past – down-tempo bangers focused on soul licks and dubby tendencies – 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 you’d expect but more glitchy and experimental than what we’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 “A Color Map of the Sun” – which will be released as a “no-cost” download on his website as well as a number of physical options (vinyl, CD, USB jump drive) on July 2 – Smith also documented the process on film. He’ll release the doc later this summer, but in the meantime he’s offering this trailer as a glimpse into the most involved recording project he’s ever been involved with:

 

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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