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Pretty Lights Returns With “A Color Map of The Sun”

With long overdue releases from Daft Punk and Pretty Lights finally coming to light, this has been quite the summer of high expectations. And both artists share a lot, at least in this writer’s eyes. Both helped shape my love and passion for electronic music very early on, when I began to become consumed by the digital noises they produced and was particularly enticed by the hip-hop crossover of Pretty Lights’ music. Derek Vincent Smith, while he has maintained a rigorous tour schedule, has not produced a full length album in over two years, pouring his work over that time into today’s release A Color Map of The SunFor some background, Derek travelled the world working with many musicians creating his own samples from jam sessions and instrumentals, making his own vinyl records with the sole purpose of re-sampling it all for this album (which you can listen to on the included second CD). Needless to say, Derek poured his heart and soul into the production of this album and it shows: Not in the immediately apparent sense but in the abstract, intricate and technical sense, whereby listening you can hear a gentle soul feeling the music more than ever hearing it, orchestrating it more than ever producing it.

Anyone who’s ever been to a Pretty Lights’ show knows the large pool of fans he draws from – fans of jam bands, hip-hop, electronic music, indie music, you name it. The diversity of his music, especially over the course of his collection, is largely responsible for that, as throughout his nearly decade-long career he has produced music for the quieter, more instrospective moments of life as well as the more impactful and high-energy ones. And it doesn’t hurt that his shows are always as visually (and aurally) stimulating as the name would indicate. Pretty Lights has almost always produced music that you would be excited to introduce all your friends to, but wouldn’t hesitate to bring it home to mom and dad either. A Color Map of The Sun finds Derek returning to the mellow, hip-hop and soul roots he laid down in all his other full length albums, particularly his 2006 debut Taking Up Your Precious Time and its double-album follow up Filling Up the City Skies.

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Paper Diamond Drops “Paragon” EP

Well the time has finally come, Alex B, better known as Paper Diamond has finally released his long awaited Paragon EP. As we watched the release get delayed on this album multiple times the hype began to build and we all knew we were waiting on something special. Teaming up with everyone from Cherub to Protohype, Paper Diamond took it to the next level with this full 11 track EP that is an absolute amazing listen from start to finish. As Paper Diamond has branched out from his beginnings as a member of the Pretty Lights family he has maintained some of the PLM sound while really creating a specific set of his own sounds that seem more refined with each new release. A few of my favorites from the new EP are XIX feat the beautiful voice of Angela McCluskey, and of course Jus Like Clockwork a collabo with the LA breakout duo Cherub. Be sure to check out the whole EP below and show Paper Diamond and Elm and Oak some love for once again hooking it all up for free!

Bluesteppin’ with Gramatik

Gramatik is back in the limelight as he premieres his first single off the upcoming album  Age of Reason! The genre clashing titan continues to pushed the envelope as he draws from the late 50′s and 60′s blues era to create something that only can be described as bluestep.  Gramatik defines it best himself as “a dynamic mixture of Blues and Dubstep, a plethora of screaming guitar, howling vocals and big bass, capturing the raw energies of both music worlds in a hopefully cohesive, possibly outrageous picture”. When released with the album this track will stretch over seven minutes long with what he describes as an epic Floydish outro. Needless to say I’m very excited for the full release. #digitalfreedom

Continue reading to watch the 2012 recap video including show/festival footage from US, Canada, Russia, Belgium & Austria!

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Elliot Lipp – Greetings From Colorado

Colorado Native and the newest addition to the PLM team Elliot Lipp has just dropped a massive mix featuring strictly Colorado based artists and producers. Although Lipp took a brief hiatus from our gorgeous state he has definitely come back with every intention of tearing up the scene. I was fortunate enough to attend Lipp’s most recent album release party and although that show didn’t floor me quite as much as this mix, the man has clearly got some serious skills and musical knowledge. I am all about this mix, the graphic, the tracks, and the CO love all make for quite a little set so be sure to check out the tracklist after the jump!

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Tracklist after the jump.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Gramatik w/ Talib Kweli @ The Fillmore 11/17

After playing in front of a sold out crowd at Red Rocks this past summer opening for Pretty Lights with the rest of the Pretty Lights Music family, Gramatik has announced a special Denver show where he will headline The Fillmore Auditorium.  For this Fillmore show Gramatik is actually going to have to fly back to Colorado between dates in New Jersey and New York while on tour with Bassnectar. This only speaks volumes about his love for his hometown, but also the unrelenting love the fans have for him here in Colorado. And as a treat to the fans he has brought a very special guest by the name of Talib Kweli to help rock the Fillmore for the first time. We expect to see at least one collaboration between the two before the night is over.

For those who are very late to the party, Denis Jasarevic aka Gramatik is a New York-based producer who has two releases on the Pretty Lights Music label, Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 and#DigitalFreedom.  This guy is a huge proponent of free-everything on the internet!  His style of electronic is dynamic enough to let you bang and groove at the same time.  His most recent release, #DigitalFreedom, is a multi-genre EP that embodies the variety of his catalog thus far.

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Gramatik – Talkbox Intended

With 10,000 fans still buzzing from the amazing summer  showcase, this show is sure to be packed.  Although, it is at the Fillmore, which fits about 4,000 people, so odds are it very could well sell out. Lucky for all of the fans of MMIBTY, we got a hold of a pair of tickets to this prolific night. Navigate the PunchTab app below to enter up to five times to win this pair of tickets. And remember, getting friends to sign up will give you additional entries so spread the love!

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Paper Diamond Previews His Vision Of The New Tour

Paper Diamond, one of the first of many acts to be a part of Pretty Light’s music label, has emerged as a standout artist as he has since moved on to also drop beats on Mad Decent, while extending his entire discography for free across the internet. Alex has jumped on many of the top festivals, made his rounds with the Pretty Lights Music gang, and is now heading out on his second headlining tour, named ‘The Night Vision Tour’. He will be touring with The Knocks, Elliot Lipp, and other friends as he hits up 24 cities across the United States. Today, we have a preview of what to expect from the man, as he released a half hour mix of PD favorites, new material, and other great tunes (some of which have been featured on this site!)

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