One of Colorado's most innovative and popular artists will soon be releasing his latest work, but you can get a sneak peak now .
On July 2nd, Pretty Lights, AKA Derek Vincent Smith , will drop A Color Map of the Sun, the Fort Collins-born DJ's collection of new-school tracks with an old-school twist. (Another new-school aspect is how to buy it: As always, Pretty Lights will offer free downloads of the album beginning on its release date, and you can also purchase limited-edition CD and vinyl versions—along with PL-branded t-shirts, zip drives, stickers, and other accessories—from his website .)
While Pretty Lights always churns out danceable, electronic grooves, for ACMOTS he's employed a host of veteran R&B, rock, blues, and classical musicians to craft 21st century sounds that have a distinctly veteran vibe. (Think Moby's Play , only funkier.)
The DJ will be touring the United States and Canada this summer, including a two-night gig  at Red Rocks in mid-August that's nearly sold out. The tip here is to do whatever you can to catch one of our state's most unique and innovative musical talents.
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