After releasing a critically acclaimed album this summer, dominating the U.S. with a cross-country full band tour, and presenting his first live Pay-Per-View event just a few nights ago, Pretty Lights returns with a stream of his brand new A Color Map Of The Sun (Remixes) LP. Laughing in the face of complacency, Derek Vincent Smith has handpicked a set of artists to individually remix every track on his latest album, bringing Pretty Lights Music fans even more material from his emphatic summertime release.
With Michal Menert and Break Science making appearances, it’s clear that the homegrown Colorado-native handed plenty of the remix duty off to his label mates, but tracks redone by Marvel Years and Two Fresh show that Derek also gives love to the up-and-coming producers that express elements of other genres. Aside from maintaining his patented soul, electro, hip-hop, and funk vibes, the remix album adds aspects of dirtier dubstep from the likes of Datsik and 12th Planet, who throw listeners a bass-filled curveball that restores freshness to A Color Map of the Sun. The full album will be available for free download on December 10th.
Stream A Color Map of the Sun (Remixes) on SoundCloud now.
In a collision of dub meets dubstep, UK legends Bar9 have signed on as the latest collaborator with Canada’s Datsik. Released on the duo’s latest EP, Brand New World, the collab blends both verbal and aural storytelling with progressive-like leads before unleashing the tiger, so to speak. With stabbing distortion, screeching synths and a deadly drop or two, the sound doesn’t fit nicely into either Bar9′s classic box or Datsik’s alienesque vibe but instead blends the two into a new whole. A welcome return for the original bass baddies and an applause-worthy extension for the man formally known as Troy Beetles, “Droid” proves that dub can never truly die.
Datsik rarely fails to deliver excitement and full-forced dubstep when swinging at production. This time around, the Canadian producer teamed up with Protohype on “Murder Style,” a heavy-hitting dubstep experiment with a decadent dose of ear-thumping bass. This track blends both of their styles, Datsik’s darker and heavier take on dubstep and Protohype’s lighter approach. “Murder Style” is part of Protohype’s See No Evil – EP, out today on Firepower Records.
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Datsik’s love of hip-hop and rap is well-documented in his releases. From frequently collaborating with Messinian and Snak the Rippper, to churning out trap VIPs of his own work, Datsik’s productions have always incorporated hip-hop influence in some form or another. As part of his Cold Blooded EP back in January, Datsik released “Too Late to Say No,” featuring original rapping from Beetles himself. The track was met with an ambivalent response, with fans both supporting and criticizing his lyrical experimentation.
Now Datsik has premiered the video for “Too Late to Say No,” reflecting on the process with Rolling Stone: ”That was definitely a different experience for me, but I also learned quite a bit on how to make my voice sound good and not make it sound so much like me.”
Regardless of your glitch hop and jamtronica affiliations, you should still have Pretty Lights’ new album A Color Map of the Sun on repeat. After all, it was his greatest artistic milestone to date. Though the album has been released, this is just the beginning for A Color Map of the Sun. In tandem to his recently announced Fall Tour, Pretty Lights has unveiled the first glimpse of the album’s official remixes. The first track comes courtesy of Canadian bass music heavyweight Datsik, who has transformed the album’s lead single into an amplified dubstep remix.
It’s worth mentioning that Derek has been playing the remix out during his live shows to an enormous response. The track is available as a free download on prettylightsmusic.com and for purchase in WAV format on Beatport.
Datsik has certainly been busy these past few weeks. Immediately following the debut of his newest single, “Vindicate,” revealed earlier this month, the Canadian-born producer has already managed to bring us the first installment of his latest EP. Filled with a high dose of bass-infused tracks boasting chilling melodies and synergic rap collaborations, Datsik’s Cold Blooded: Part I is a prime example of dubstep at its finest and, without a doubt, one of his top releases to date. Read below for the breakdown and stream of the extended play.
Datsik went on a trap binge this weekend, reinventing the womps and wobbles of two of his original songs: “Swagga” and “Bonafide Hustler.” “Swagga” has been getting play time during his Firepower tour and live videos from the event indicate that the reaction has been appropriately massive. While many of Datsik’s productions are too hard for this dubstep weakling, these trap remixes feel fine when banging down my eardrums. Both tracks are available for a free download.
We’ve had our eye on The M Machine for some time now. Originally shrouded in mystery, this trio from San Francisco has lifted the veil and released a handful of powerfully unique tracks. They went quiet after releasing their last EP but they return with their own take on KIll The Noise and Datsik’s “Ligthspeed.” Significantly changing the tone, TMM has created a glitchy track with progressive elements and a much lighter, more upbeat feel without sacrificing the original’s intent.