Record shopping yesterday, where I picked up an album by ‘Nosaj Thing’, who I knew very little about, but sometimes you have to just take a chance. I had stumbled across one track which I had added to the ‘Infinite Playlist‘ so I wasn’t completely in the dark and the album was a little less than most vinyl, at £15.50. I haven’t had a chance to play it until now, as I’m writing this, and I’m liking it a lot. The quality of the physical product is not as good as it could be, but the music that’s on it is very good, ticking a lot of boxes for me. Look at the centre of the label at the spindle, bit shoddy, and the grey marks on the white vinyl? I don’t think they are actually supposed to be there.
Apparently Nosaj Thing is a guy called Jason Chung who is an American electronic musician based in Los Angeles, California, who has produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Busdriver, Nocando, and most recently, Chance the Rapper. Being entirely honest, until a week ago I’d never heard of him and had I not seen the album as I was browsing in Seismic records, I would never have bought it, or at least, it would be extremely unlikely that I would have bought it.
This album, ‘Fated’ is his third, and I may well have to look out the other two. I do like the section of the pitchfork review which says, “So many of Nosaj Thing’s contemporaries deal with in-the-red maximalism, all hyper-compressed drums and lens-flare dynamics. But while FlyLo looked at Blade Runner and saw great plumes of fire and neon street fights, Nosaj Thing saw something else: two robots falling in love. Accordingly, Fated’s deeply electronic soundscape is most striking for its humanity.“, which rings true to me. The tracks on this album are not in your face, they bubble away beneath the surface without breaking it, they have subtlety.
The album is coming to a close and it doesn’t skip or jump, it plays fine, so while it is not a perfect condition product, I’m still glad I bought it as it is lovely to listen to.