Derek Vincent Smith, known by his hundreds of thousands of fans as Pretty Lights, has had a nonstop year of wrecking dancefloors and festivals with his big room glitch and dubstep productions and remixes (see video below). He’s come a very long way in a very short amount of time, headlining the successful Identity Festival, appearing in the documentary Re:Generation with LeAnn Rimes, and developing into one of the main icons of American EDM. This time around, Derek has chosen to go down a grimier, unlit path with two releases that you can snag on his website (he kindly asks for a donation).
With I Know the Truth, Derek stated that he “wanted to to try to fuse the emotion of dark ’60s soul music with the energy of raw, bass-heavy dubstep.” Sounds like he accomplished that goal, as this track combines vintage soulful sounds with some naughty, grimy samples. I like this because it’s not over the top like much of the rapid, complextro-driven dubstep that is so popular today. Although there’s nothing wrong with that kind of music, it’s nice to slow things down to something you can actually groove to on the dancefloor. Same story with this next song, that pulls samples from Nirvana, Radiohead, and Nine Inch Nails! Although the track doesn’t have a title, it certainly has substance. The same room-shaking bass is employed to massive effect while the samples dangle overhead. I especially love Thom Yorke’s vocal. Try to see if you can identify everything going on!