Nosaj Thing’s “Drift”


Hotly tipped Los Angeles producer Nosaj Thing is the latest wizard to emerge from the West Coast’s current beat movement. His debut album, Drift, drops June 9 on Alpha Pup Records.

Here’s a chunk of expository text from the bio posted on his MySpace page:

L.A.-based producer Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung) is a sound innovator. His electronic sound scapes and wild beat tectonics play like vignettes that affect the listener’s mind as deeply as he hits their soul. Without a doubt, Nosaj Thing is among L.A.’s finest musical modulators.

Jason’s early work came awkwardly but not at all haphazardly. At age 13, he took his first computer from his father, an archaic PC that struggled even with word documents. In the hands of Nosaj Thing, it became an Intel Celeron home studio. With a “donated” copy of Reason, a demo version of Ableton Live and a computer mouse (he couldn’t afford a MIDI controller), Nosaj Thing began making music. He built his first productions note for note on the electronic staff of his Frankenstein studio. When your focus is strong, all you really need is a machine that works.

In high school, Jason picked up a day job at a local music store, focusing his efforts on the arduous task of saving up for his first Mac. But Destiny had become fond of Nosaj Thing’s resolve. In a contest, Jason won a favored producer tool: his own honest copy of Logic Pro. Wild circumstances? Perhaps. But he’s still using it, winning beat battles, remix contests, gigging and DJing within his network of like-minded musical vigilantes. Now 22, Nosaj Thing creates nothing less than the sound mastery of beat driven, experimental electronics from a gifted noise constructor.

  • 1. “Quest”
  • 2. “Fog”
  • 3. “Coat of Arms”
  • 4. “IOIO”
  • 5. “1685/Bach”
  • 6. “Caves”
  • 7. “Light#1”
  • 8. “Light#2”
  • 9. “2222”
  • 10. “Us”
  • 11. “Voices”
  • 12. “Lords”

Health, “Tabloid Sores” (Nosaj Thing remix)

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