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4.0 out of 5 stars Home Is Where The Heart Is
Los Angeles based producer/DJ Jason Chung (recording as Nosaj Thing)
delivered an engagingly mellow set with his 2009 album 'Drift' and returns,
schtick substantially intact, with a new collection, 'Home', which further
elucidates his ability to align melody and rhythm in beguiling ways. The
music appeals to both mind and body. Sometimes he's content...
Published 18 months ago by The Wolf

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking the grace and inspiration of its predecessor `Drift', Nosaj Thing has lost the momentum with `Home'.
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...
Published 17 months ago by dipesh parmar


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4.0 out of 5 stars Home Is Where The Heart Is, 27 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Home (Audio CD)
Los Angeles based producer/DJ Jason Chung (recording as Nosaj Thing)
delivered an engagingly mellow set with his 2009 album 'Drift' and returns,
schtick substantially intact, with a new collection, 'Home', which further
elucidates his ability to align melody and rhythm in beguiling ways. The
music appeals to both mind and body. Sometimes he's content to let us
drift away into the far blue yonder and at others invites us to gyrate
gently on a starlit dancefloor full of fleeting sparks and shadows.

There are eleven tracks in the collection. Those deserving special mentions
must include the toothsome but graceful 'Eclipse/Blue', featuring an ephemeral
vocal performance by Kazu Makinu, which floats in and out focus amongst the
frosty synth lines and steadily modulated beats like a lost soul struggling
to find substance and form in a lonely grey landscape; 'Glue', a stuttering
piece of understated funk with a jazzy undertow; the lovely 'Try', an elegant
and elegiac collaboration with Toro Y Moi and the stripped-down minimalist drum
and bass of final number 'Light 3' steering the project to an enigmatic coda.

If home is where the heart is said to be then Mr Chung has found his place.

Highly Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking the grace and inspiration of its predecessor `Drift', Nosaj Thing has lost the momentum with `Home'., 3 Feb 2013
This review is from: Home (Audio CD)
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'.
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