Nosaj Things aptly named 2009 debut `Drift' was one of those albums that slowly crept up on you until you just couldn't leave it alone, so stunningly understated an album it was. Anyone familiar with Nosaj's music will instantly appreciate his sound which can only be described as dreamy cinematic hip-hop instrumentals.
Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) returns with `Home', his sound hasn't changed too much since `Drift' but he has added two vocal tracks with album highlight `Eclipse/Blue' featuring Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino and `Try' featuring Toro Y Moi. Swathes of synths and beats sweep all over `Eclipse/Blue', Makino's serene vocals are hypnotically filtered and fractured, a wonderful blend of colourful electronica. `Try' is less effective, a contemplative sci-fi RnB number that glides along but doesn't really take you anywhere.
Nosaj's sound is quite tricky to latch onto as its often so languid and ephemeral, and although `Drift' worked beautifully i don't think `Home' pulls it off again. There's a simplicity and familiarity to tracks like `Safe', `Distance', `Snap' and `Light#3′ that lacks the subtlety and changes in movement on `Drift'. On tracks like `Glue' you can see that Nosaj is extending his repertoire, but they're not sufficiently interesting enough to test your imagination.
Nosaj Thing's music has a lot of similarities with Lukid, both operating within the blurred boundaries between hip-hop, house, techno, and abstract electronica. Lacking the grace and inspiration of its predecessor `Drift', Nosaj Thing has lost the momentum with `Home'.