[Undeniable Soul] Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun (New Album)

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Sir Isaac Newton, once said, “If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”

Patient attention are not two words one often finds when it comes to the music world. It seems these days, artists are always striving for the next big thing, for the tune with the biggest drops or the biggest crowd affects or the number one spot on the radio and websites. So when an artist takes a step back and decides it is time to go back to the roots of their musical learning and back to the basics, many of us are taken by surprise, and one hell of a good surprise at that.

Enter Derek Vincent Smith, or as we all know him, Pretty Lights. This past year, Smith decided to start a journey into a musical place he had only skimmed the surface of before. Smith is known for taking old vinyl records and old tunes from the past century, breaking them up and putting them into some of the most captivating music of this century. But this time, Smith decided he wanted to do all of it on his own and I mean all of it.
Over the last year, Smith used his musical talents and mixed it with musicians of every age and genre to put together a musical journal of vocals, melodies and an old school feel. He composed and recorded music and vocals that emulated time periods that spanned the last century, then pressed it to vinyl. He used that vinyl along with a custom built analog modular synth to create “A Color Map of the Sun.” All of his recordings were done in New Orleans, Brooklyn and Smith’s own hometown Denver with the name of the album inspired by Isaac Newton.

The resulting album is analog electronica – soulful, electro hip-hop that pays respect to music’s immense power to touch listeners emotionally, kinetically and inspirationally. Smith said that he “Searched for vocalists that could take my lyrics and put their own incredible soul and emotion into them. I made beats for some of my favorite rappers in exchange for the ability to chop up the lyrics they wrote. It was a laborious yet immensely gratifying experiment that I could not be more proud of.”

So here it is, an artist showing what his original work sounds like with the help of some amazing musicians who leant their skills to help Smith capture his dream and show all his fans a new and valuable discovery.

13 songs of pure ecstasy which I could sit here and write twenty pages about but the best thing for you to do would be to set aside a good two hours and just listen to the magic that is Pretty Lights. Also, below is a video that shows insight into the making of “A Color Map of the Sun” where you will get to experience a little one on one with Smith and see how much heart and soul was put into this album.

Remember, it is all about patient attention.

A Color Map of the Sun – Track Listing

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Color Of My Soul
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Press Pause
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Lets Get Busy
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Around The Block feat. Talib Kweli
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Yellow Bird
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Go Down Sunshine
Pretty Lights
So Bright feat. Eligh
Pretty Lights
Vibe Vendetta
Pretty Lights
Done Wrong
Pretty Lights
Prophet

Bonus Tracks: One Day They’ll Know, Always All Ways, My Only Hope

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[NEW] Jay-Z – Holy Grail (Feat. Justin Timberlake)

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Holy Grail (Feat. Justin Timberlake)

Well, the download link for Magna Carta Holy Grail is finally live, but as you may know, Samsung is already experiencing some technical difficulties. In the meantime, many have been getting their fix through an exclusive stream from Funkmaster Flex and Hot 97. In case you haven’t been following along, we’ve got the first taste of Jay-Z‘s new album, with the title record “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake. We’ve only got the tagged version at the moment, but it’s better than nothing. Check out the epic track above, and be on the lookout for more material from Jay-Z in the coming days.

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[TMN Resident Artist for July] Inpetto

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Girls and Boys (Radio Edit)

“Inpetto create amazing productions with a fantastic balance of beautiful melodies and power for the dancefloor.” – Axwell

Well if that isn’t a perfect introduction to our new Resident Artists of the month then I don’t know what is.
Welcome to the Music Ninja stage, Inpetto. They have been around for a few years and brothers Marco and Dirk Duderstadt got noticed early on for all the right reasons in the music industry. Originally from Dorsten, Germany, Inpetto (which is an Italian translation of the Latin in pectoral: ‘in the secret of the heart’) these producers of progressive house and tech house have remixed the likes of David Guetta, and Armin Van Buuren while continuing to make their own simple yet driving instrumental beats that are sure to keep everyone in the audience moving. If you need a little more convincing, just turn on their latest release “Boys and Girls”.

Another month, another pair of insanely talented musicians to captivate your eardrums. Here’s to a month of so many secrets of the heart of Inpetto.

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[Electronic Soul] Jungle – Drops

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We can’t seem to stress this enough: summertime is the time to lock down that special someone. If you’re single, you’re out on the prowl. The girls and guys are all out having a good time, and it’s the ideal moment to find that special someone set up a loving winter with.

We fully endorse your quest to find a significant other, and we feel that we should help you with a soundtrack to get you to your end goal. Enter Jungle. Their release “Drops” is a sexy stripped down track in comparison to “Platoon” and we couldn’t be more excited. The soft beat and underplayed guitars are the perfect match for the sensuality of the track.

Grab that special someone and press play. We’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines.

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 7/4

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Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
Details:
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Pleasurekraft- July 4th
Pleasurekraft, Format:B
Sexus (Formatik) OUT NOW

Kill the Noise - July 5th
Saturn with Brillz and Minxx

Worthy - July 6th
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The Joint (preview)
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[Video] Destructo – Higher

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Los Angeles producer and DJ Destructo has a new video out for his track “Higher,” which is his play on the the Grandmaster Flash original, “White Lines.”

Director Agata Alexander, who also realized his “Technology” video, sets a surreal mood for “Higher” insinuating sex as an addiction, which plays off the original cocaine addiction fueled lyrics that the original laid out. These lyrics also happened to land in one of this bloggers favorite movies, Shuan of the Dead. If you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend it. The video also features Destructo himself as the doctor.

We’re personally on the edge of our seat to catch Destructo’s set at Red Rocks this summer. However, if you’re not in Colorado, make sure to catch him at any of the other following locations.

Upcoming Shows:
Sun 7/5 Los Angeles, CA Create Nightclub
Thu 7/11 Mariaville, NY Camp Bisco
Sat 7/13 Berlin, Germany Boysnoize Records BBQ
Tue 7/16 Ibiza Ibiza
Wed 7/17 Paris, France Wanderlust Paris
Sat 7/20 London, UK Electric Daisy Carnival – London
Thu 8/1 Denver, CO HARD RED ROCKS @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 8/3 Los Angeles, CA HARD SUMMER @ Los Angeles State Historic Park
Sun 8/4 Los Angeles, CA HARD SUMMER @ Los Angeles State Historic Park
Sat 8/10 Brooklyn, NY Mad Decent Block Party @ Williamsburg Park
Sat 11/2 Los Angeles, CA HARD Day of the Dead @ Los Angeles State Park
Sun 11/3 Los Angeles, CA HARD Day of the Dead @ Los Angeles State Park
Thu 1/9 Miami, FL HOLY SHIP!!!

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[LP Review] Bob Marley – Legend Remixed

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I’ve never polled this, but I bet it would be an interesting one for Gallup: how many people in the world own Bob Marley’s Legend greatest hits album? How many people in the world can sing along to “Stir it Up?” or “Is This Love?”

I bet it would be almost half the world! Seriously!

Bob Marley is an icon. In the annals of music history, Marley shares company with artists like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. And like any iconic artist, Marley has had a fair share of good intentioned artists make terrible remakes of his songs in a misguided attempt to honor his legacy. Fortunately, Legend Remixed is an album that not only pays homage to the hero, but is absolutely perfect for your summer patio party!

The album kicks off with the James James remix of “Waiting in Vain.” It’s a perfect introduction to the album, as it’s a minimalist remix: just a few synth touches, no major reshuffling of the lyrics or melody–just a simple and loving remix. Thievery Corporation takes on “Get Up, Stand Up” (of course!), and the listener can look forward to the Thievery dub/acid approach–but it remains undeniably a Marley song, and strangers to the genre will immediately identify it as such. Among the many notable tracks on the album is Pretty Lights interpretation of “Exodus.” This song explodes out of the speakers with electro synth over hip hop beats with the usual Pretty Lights flair for sampling.

There’s no misses on this album, and there are plenty of other tracks that I could have easily highlighted. At the end of the day, this is one of the best, most noble tribute albums I’ve come across and a perfect summer release. So stir it up with this one and enjoy the hot months!

Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)
Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)
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