Nosaj Thing, the moniker of LA-producer Jason Chung, has steadily climbed the ranks of the electronic music scene over the past 5-6 years. Today, he deserves his place among Flying Lotus, Modeselektor, and other beat making royalty. I first came across Nosaj Thing through his remix of HEALTH’s “Tabloid Sores.” The track is easily one of best remixes I’ve ever heard and eclipses the original track in all aspects. Chung has remixed songs for various artists, including Flying Lotus, The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Drake, Portishead, and countless others. He’s also produced tracks for the likes of Busdriver, Kendrick Lamar, and Kid Cudi.
With Home, his follow-up to 2009’s brilliant Drift, Nosaj Thing has released the best album of 2013 so far. Where Drift featured a variety of electronic styles mashed into one cohesive record, Home is more focused, more emotional, and just plain better. Album opener and title track “Home” features a repeating lyrical sample and beat that intensifies until the composition reaches crescendo and fills a complex space of deep bass and glitched-out heaven, incorporating all the best elements that Nosaj Thing has become known for. Home also features vocal collaborations on several tracks, unlike Drift. And several of those collaborations signal high points on the album. “Try” features chillwave pioneer Toro y Moi and represents not only the albums’s strongest song, but a candidate for favorite track of the year come December. I’ve never been a huge fan of Toro y Moi, but his lyrical contributions fit flawlessly against Chung’s deep bass and heavily-filtered synth melodies. If you’re a fan of expertly crafted, ambient, glitched-out electronic music, Home will feel like … home.