You have intense love relationships and some of those might be lasting, but a lot of them are kind of aberrations: they come and they go, but you still have your friends. - David Byrne

The latest entry into Derek Simpson’s sonic smorgasbord is a fun-loving ode to friendship. Blending hazy lo-fi hip-hop with bits psychedelia and experimental pop, the track is subtle and texturally nuanced. As seen in the accompanying music video, by recruiting some his closest (and mostly non-rapping) friends, “FRiENDS” takes on an innocent and casual charm - a sort of philosophical companion to The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” or A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It.”

With the release of this single, it has been revealed that “No Force” along with the previous singles will be included on a forthcoming LP entitled KiNG SUN. The LP will include a total of 11 original compositions.

From Derek: "

“No Force” is out July 11th and is taken from the forthcoming KiNG SUN LP out August 15th via Trailing Twelve.

Written and Recorded by Derek Simpson, Trailing Twelve (BMI)
Performed By Derek Simpson, Trailing Twelve (BMI) 

© & ℗ 2019 Trailing Twelve Records. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized Copying, Reproduction, Hiring, Lending, Public Performance, And Broadcasting Strictly Prohibited.

Released 11 July 2019
Length: 03:53


Derek Simpson is an American recording artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. After gaining success with multiple free album releases on Soundcloud (under the pseudonym Planetarian) from 2013 to 2016, Derek moved from Boston to Long Beach to continue recording his own music and surround himself with other up-and-coming artists in need of songwriting help and production. Layering spacey guitar chords and electric piano lines with dense and introspective wordplay, Derek's music often explores the value of holding a positive perspective in the face of confusion or adversity. His respect for focus and hard work shows in his recordings, all of which are fully written, produced, composed, and mixed by himself.

Derek has produced music for Kevin Abstract, Dom McLennon, Rockie Fresh and more. His music has also been featured in Comedy Central's Workaholics.