Colorado-based electronic-music producer, Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights, just released a new album titled A Color Map of the Sun. Spanning genres from modern classical and jazz, to ’60s soul and beyond, all with his signature EDM touch, the LP is Pretty Lights’ first album to be offered for commercial sale, as opposed to just free download.
The work showcases 13 tracks comprised of sounds recorded on period instruments (rather than traditional sampling) featuring collaborations with artists such as drummer Adam Deitch, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, and Talib Kweli. Smith pressed every recorded minute of over 20 hours of live sessions from Brooklyn’s Studio G and New Orleans’ Piety Street Recording onto 50 full-length vinyl LPs, which he later, “sampled, reconstructed, flipped, and chopped” into A Color Map of the Sun.
Check out a clip from the official making-of documentary on the album below.