Just downloaded a whole collection of Pretty Light’s albums, including the latest (“Glowing In The Darkest Night“) from his website. Pretty lights is actually Derek Vincent Smith, a DJ with quite amazing skills who weaves masterpieces of downtempo-hip hop-electronica, sometimes with blues, jazz and soul undertones. But rather than struggling for words, I’d like to use Kyle’s at Aurgasm describing his earlier albums:
Organic, soulful, electronified and good-feeling vibes, freely shared by Colorado producer Derek Vincent Smith. [Several] hours of this Pretty Lights sound [are] available for free on his website [although a donation can be made and is more than deserved]. It’s a vivid collage of continuity, enriched with robust beats, eloquently laced vocal samples that range from nostalgic to serene, both compelling and entertaining, with a diverse selection of instruments all aimed towards enjoyment.
Glowing In The Darkest Night is moving away away from chill and downtempo with its funky soul hip hop and its distorting vocals, glitchy sounds, hard hitting snares, soul searching piano riffs and rocking beats. It’s a melting pot of sounds and styles – and I haven’t even listended to this year’s two other EP’s yet that with this latest creation form part of a trilogy. Certainly looking forward to it :).
Here are some reviews to get more impressions: