Silver Wrapper & React Presents announce Pretty Lights, the Denver based electro funk/soul machine, will showcase his critically acclaimed new album, A Color Map of the Sun, with a LIVE band, at the historic Aragon Entertainment Center as a two night run this Friday, November 8, 2013 and Saturday, November 9, 2013. Pretty Lights - the musical project of the electro soul hip-hop pioneer Derek Vincent Smith - sends his tour into a frenzy with his latest album A Color Map of the Sun. Rolling Stone praised A Color Map of the Sun as the "star's uniquely crafted, groove-centric head trip" while Entertainment Weekly put the album on "The Must List", hailing it as "a warm, funky riff on 21st-century cyber-soul". VIBE called it a "masterpiece", noting: "The electronic/soul/hip-hop pioneer, whose use of digital sampling and synthesis destroyed genre barriers before everyone was doing it, pushes the envelope of electronic music and challenges the dance music mainstream".
"Like Daft Punk, Pretty Lights' Derek Vincent Smith delves into analog electronica, but in a different way. Having created sampling sources by recording breaks with live musicians, he chops and reassembles them in ways that recall acid jazz, blues and vintage soul", observed USA Today.
Pretty Lights Music Creative Director, Krystle Blackburn, filmed the creation of this album over 2+ years. With the help of VICE and Thump the footage turned into a 26 minute documentary showing the very literally "never been done before" approach to how this album was made. The documentary can be seen here.
Pretty Lights' summer tour launched with a series of festival performances, including Bonnaroo, which SPIN put on its daily list of "The 10 Best Things We Saw". A pair of hometown shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO will mark Pretty Lights' fourth year in a row selling out the legendary venue. The new album's lead single "Around the Block", features Talib Kweli, recently topped USA Today's Playlist. "The densely layered single combines elements of hip-hop, soul, dubstep, New Orleans jazz and 1990s big beat into a simmering, party-ready bouillabaisse", said NPR Music, which put the track on its list of "10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing".
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 9, 2013 at at 10:00 AM CST at Silver Wrapper Ticketing.
Saturday, November 9 features support from SuperVision and more TBA.
For a taste of what to expect from Pretty Lights' LIVE performance, check out this clip from Conan here: