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Single Serving: Pretty Lights – Spilling Over Every Side

I’m a little late to the Pretty Lights party, but better late than never.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of making his acquaintance either, let me introduce you: Pretty Lights is the musical pen name of Colorado’s beatmaker/producer Derek Vincent Smith.  His latest is titled Spilling Over Every Side, and is a guaranteed body mover that most immediately calls to mind RJD2, Flying Lotus, LCD Soundsystem, etc.  Clocking in at nearly 9 minutes in length the throbbing hip-hop electro-funk of the sprawling opening cut, “High School Art Class”, make it easy to guess why Smith titled the collection Spilling Over Every Side.  Seriously, it is beyond debate that each of the tracks on the album are grimy, loud, bumping and completely bursting at their seams.  The album is pay-what-you-want (including free) over at his website, but I think you’ll agree: this record is worth at least  a few of your hard-earned dollars.

A few questions for our readers:

1) Did anyone catch him at Outside Lands or any of his other live sets?
2) I have no idea what I’d pair him with if this was a musical pairing – maybe a Red Bull & Vodka. Got a better suggestion? I’d love to hear it.

Pretty Lights – High School Art Class
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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Tobias

    Awesome, really. Ok, you’ve got to be in the right mood for certain music (that is one in my case), but today it fits perfectly. I’m curious about the rest of the album.
    Red Bull is not my cup of tea, but I’d go for Vodka-Lemon. 😉

    Have a nice weekend, Matthew!

  • Hey Tobias,

    I definitely agree with you. I have to be in the right mood for certain music, and this is definitely one of those types of music. But, with that said, he is really good at what he does. These tracks will definitely wake you up.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Pretty Lights at Outside Lands was phenomenal. It’s hard to imagine listening to this music in the daytime, but surprisingly with Derek’s request to “dance like it’s night out and were at a club,” everyone got down! Not to mention that he was followed by beatsmith pioneer Bassnectar. This isn’t always my cup of tea, nor is really a cup of tea, unless you add a drop of acid–which might be the perfect Pretty Lights, “wow this is such a good herbal remedy,” recipe…

    over-and out.

  • Ha! Thanks David! It sounds like it was a pretty awesome performance. I really need to start hitting all of the big festivals in SF. Maybe it is time I buy tickets to Treasure Island. Nonetheless, I hope you’ll forgive me if I avoid drinking anything you refer to as a “herbal remedy” in the future…

  • Forgive? We’ll see. Ha! Come to Treasure Island–for sure. It might be too late to get a press pass–but I can forward you a contact if need be.

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