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Album Review

Pretty Lights returns with A Color Map of the Sun, Derek Vincent Smith's first album of new material in over three years. Considering that Smith released three albums in 2010, it wouldn't be surprising if he had taken some time off, but he spent most of the time between that output and Color Map recording with musicians in Brooklyn, New Orleans, and his own studio. After pressing the results of the sessions on vinyl and sampling them, Smith came up with an even more organic version of the Pretty Lights sound that he describes as a "multi-medium map of my mind and self." Songs such as the dreamy collages "Yellow Bird" and "Press Pause" showcase his flair for psychedelic layers, while "Prophet" and "Let's Get Busy" reflect the harder, more danceable side of his music.

Customer Reviews


In another league of his own, completely dominating the Electro Hip Hop Soul scene and this album proves it. The delicacy and thought put into every sound on this album and how nicely it all flows together is simply incredible. PL= Musical genius


I saw Pretty Lights few weeks before this album dropped while I was at Bonnaroo. He truly is a musical genius and on a whole another class of his own. Always delivers the best and its already a given this album is nothing other than a classic!

History In The Making

This will go down in history as THE album of a generation. In an age where the music industry is over saturated by mass produced electronic music of poor quality, Derek Vincent Smith just went above and beyond what anybody else could even fathom and created a whole electronic (term used loosely at this point) album without ever using a computer generated sound. This right here is history in the making.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Flitting between moody downtempo and upbeat, densely layered material geared for club play, Colorado's Pretty Lights was the project of Derek Vincent Smith. Smith spent his high school years making hip-hop and ultimately dropped out of his freshman year at the University of Colorado at Boulder to focus on his music. He made his recorded debut as Pretty Lights in 2006 with the full-length Taking Up Your Precious Time, which he supported with gigs for acts including STS9, the Disco Biscuits, and Widespread...
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