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Download Pretty Lights’ Soul-Tinged Banger


The temperature may be dropping, the days starting to get shorter, but Pretty Lights is extending that summer feeling a bit longer into September. The Colorado electronic musician has posted a free, high-quality download of his just-released single, “I Know the Truth,” which he debuted live at Bonnaroo back in those halcyon days of June. Get it at Pretty Lights’ website in an exchange for an e-mail address.

The latest from Fort Collins-based Derek Vincent Smith is a blippy dubstep track with hints of ’60s soul represents a new approach for the sample-happy beatmaker. Recalling the production methods used on trip-hop innovators Portishead’s 1997 self-titled album, Smith pressed analog recordings of his own studio session to vinyl, then sampled that to create the single.

“It’s my first attempt at producing in a new style I like to call analog electronica,” the Pretty Lights maestro says in a news release. “It’s modern electronic music production created with an approach based on techniques from 40-50 years ago.”

Pretty Lights is also in the midst of a U.S. tour that will stop by Austin City Limits Music Festival tomorrow. Check out the tour dates below, and watch the video for “Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin,” which samples seven Zep tunes and refracts them through Pretty Lights’ big-beat electronic style. Read SPIN’s review of Pretty Lights’ Lollapalooza set here.

WATCH: Pretty Lights, “Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin”

Pretty Lights Tour Dates:
9/15, Austin, TX (Austin Music Hall) #
9/16, Austin, TX (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
9/17, New Orleans, LA (The Sugar Mill)
9/20, Asheville, NC (Thomas Wolfe Auditorium)
9/21, Charlottesville, VA (Telos Wireless Pavilion)
9/22, Binghamtom, NY (Events Center)
9/23, Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavilion)
9/24, Philadelphia, PA(Popped! Festival @ FDR Park)
9/25, Lewiston, ME (The Colisee)
9/27, Burlington, VT (Burlington Memorial Auditorium)
9/28, Wallingford, CT (The Dome at Oakdale)
9/29, Silver Spring, MD (The Fillmore D.C.)
9/30, Columbus, OH (The LC Pavilion)
10/1, Detroit, MI (The Fillmore Detroit)
10/4, Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE)
10/5, South Bend, IN (Morris Center)
10/6, Dekalb, IL (NIU Convocation Center)
10/7, Milwaukee, WI (Eagles Ballroom)
10/8, St. Paul, MN (Myth)
10/9, Des Moines, IA (Val Air Ballroom)
10/11, Oxford, MS (Lyric Theatre)
10/12, Oxford, MS (Lyric Theatre)
10/13, Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Amphitheater)%
10/14, Alpharetta, GA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)*
10/15, Alpharetta, GA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)*
10/27, Lincoln, NE (Pershing Center)
10/28, Tulsa, OK (The Brady Theater)
10/29, Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena)
10/31, Nashville, TN (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)

# w/ Nas opening
* w/ co-headlining with Bassnectar
% benefit for Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund