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Nosaj Thing

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Los Angeles producer Nosaj Thing crafts stately, ethereal synth-based instrumental hip-hop, with influences that range from Boards of Canada and DJ Shadow to Danny Elfman and Erik Satie. An L.A. native, Jason Chung was inspired at an early age by the hip-hop radio stations that the bus driver would play on his way to elementary school, and particularly by the Beat Junkies’ turntablism on Power 106. In high school, while delving into the sounds of drum’n’bass and the rave scene and playing quad toms in the school drum line, he figured out how to use his father’s old PC to start programming beats of his own. Further along, Chung was motivated to move in more experimental directions by the D.I.Y. rock scene at L.A.’s underground venue The Smell, where he made his live debut as Nosaj Thing in 2004. Through online and in-person networking, on message boards and, eventually, at the more beat-oriented music spot Low End Theory, Chung came into contact with likeminded Angelenos including Flying Lotus, Nobody, Daedelus, and local legends (and personal heroes) like D-Styles and Daddy Kev. Following the self-released Views/Octopus EP in 2006 (whose track “Aquarium” was later used by rapper Kid Cudi as the basis of his “Man on the Moon”), he signed with Kev’s Alpha Pup imprint for his full-length debut, Drift, in 2009. Chung has also contributed beats to MCs Busdriver and Nocando, and made remixes for Flying Lotus, The xx, Daedelus, Radiohead, and Smell staples Health.

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  • Dakota3131

    20 Dec 12:48pm Reply
  • Kazzosed

    drift is good

    10 Sep 10:34pm Reply
  • Varjomanaatti

    try is life

    27 Aug 1:16pm Reply
  • chokladelefant

    try is love

    21 Jul 2:13pm Reply
  • loulou311

    Great to listen to as night falls and on into the early hours.... Love both Home and Drift and the EP too... Another album in the not so distant future would be good! Perfect late night beats!

    3 Jun 9:45pm Reply
  • Crusheer

    anybody knows anything about new album?

    30 May 9:42am Reply
  • Gickso

    damn home gives me feeelz

    28 May 8:33am Reply
  • xxxFrogPrince

    Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino is truly magical. How come it isn't in the top 15? ;o

    10 May 5:14pm Reply
  • Jean-esse

    Fog! ♥

    25 Mar 2:57pm Reply
  • ofabomination

    Home is massively underrated. [2]

    17 Mar 10:41pm Reply
  • teocc

    Thanks for the detailed arguments, appreciate your feedback! I always thought he is good nonetheless :) Never seen him live yet. The Phillip Glass ReWork's is such a profound work of art, come and think about it.

    11 Mar 8:40am Reply
  • rxdazn

    @teocc definitely not... still going as strong. It's just that he doesn't have a visual show anymore (a new one is coming) but it's a more intimate set now. No lights, loud volume. Tracklist is perfect, even for the songs that are not from him (e.g: Jamie XX, Burial, LV, Lunice, Kendrick Lamar, Julianna Barwick...) fades nicely, goes through various states. Some guys are much better than me at explaining this though http://www.karmaloop.com/guru/review-nosaj-thing-man/ Having seen him 4 times, his show definitely haven't gotten worse. It's just getting better every single time.

    27 Feb 3:30am Reply
  • teocc

    is it true that his live sets are no longer as good as years back?

    14 Feb 5:35am Reply
  • shemp-i

    Drift ♥

    8 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • qorianisme

    scrobbled

    28 Jan 3:00pm Reply
  • MrKatsumi

    discovered this in 2014, how could this happen? disgusting.

    2 Jan 5:33pm Reply
  • 4k8

    !!! check out songs from a fan https://soundcloud.com/f4k8

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • arianelights

    most amazing thing ever ( ^ o ^ )

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rustune

    home sounds awesome on speakers, i feel like i'm in a freezing spaceship in the middle of space

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CameronBurke

    Home is very homely indeed.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
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