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Drift

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European repressing. L.A. musical modulator pits gritty electronics against sultry hip-hop undertones. Artist-to-Watch in XLR8R, remixed Daedelus & Flying Lotus, & won Project Blowed beat battle, supported by Pete Tong & Mary Anne Hobbs.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alpha Pup
  • ASIN: B0028R1LUG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Officially twelve tracks long with the inclusion of the aptly titled `Harrison Ford,' Nosaj Thing is on his way to becoming a legend! You've probably already listened to some of his stuff, and without even knowing it: off of Kid Cudi's mixtape, the track `Man on the Moon;' the phenomenal track 'Camel' from Flying Lotus, there's a remix from Nosaj Thing out there; and the Daedelus `Madness' remix. He's all over the place yet (at the time this review was written,) he still has no Wikipedia page. His real name is Jason Chung and there really are no words to describe his unique sound. He's the epitome of what it means to be a musical nomad. While many have drawn comparisons to Flying Lotus, others have said he sounds a little like Aphex. There may be some validity to all these claims but let's not be so limiting. Nosaj Thing's album length debut Drift most closely resembles the soundtrack to a dream.

It opens with `Quest,' an avant-garde track teeming with dreamy landscapes and resonant claps backed by the sound of multiple toy pianos. Add to that some elements of glitch and an eerie choir midway through the song and you've got the overall feel of this phenomenal opener. A starter that stays in the back of your mind throughout the entire album and works perfectly with the rest of the tracks because of its odd attractiveness and ability to form images just with sounds. This is part of Chung's genius: he can lure you into his world of soundscapes just with the opening track and yet, you never feel imprisoned. As `Quest' drifts off to the back of your mind, `Fog' comes off as the first "real" track wrought with a steady beat that picks up midway through the intro and then transforms into an infectious beat.
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Drift (2009) is the debut album of underground musical mastermind Nosaj Thing. Nosaj thing is known best for his beautiful modulations and energetic live shows. Each song on the album is masterfully crafted around one or two sounds which are chopped up and spread around, then sprinkled with unconventional beats and melodic rhythms to produce the supremely catchy and infectious tunes. The haunting layers of melodies and rich sound textures in each song are too deep to absorb in one sitting, lending to the album's infinite replayability.
The album opens with the song "Quest" consisting of a simple melody with a distinctly archaic feeling to it blanketed in a warm crackly texture. The deep beats resonate creating the feeling of a wide open hall punctuated by sharp claps and sparkling bells which are smoothed over by a chorus of voices singing an eerie chord progression. The song fades out into a shadow of itself before the next song comes to life sounding wonderfully crisp and clean but with a melody reminiscent of a cheesy 80s horror film. "Fog" the second song on the album utilizes a chopped up voice sound very effectively in creating the creepy feel that pervades throughout.
The third song "Coat of Arms" is slightly more upbeat with more danceable melodies and beats but with a voice sample equally as haunting and spacey as the previous. The song is accented by a melodic electric buzzing in the background and gorgeous modulations of a crunchy low tone. The synth melodies that pop out every once in awhile give the song surprises at every turn.
"IOIO" the 4th song in line is the most driven and danceable of all. Devoid of chilling samples or eerie noises the song comes off smooth silky.
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I can't believe this will be only the third review of this album on Amazon so far. It's been more than 6 months since its release and Drift is featured on many Best of '09 lists, yet it still seems to be very much under the radar. I'll keep this short - what Flying Lotus' Los Angeles was for 2008, Drift was for 2009. You can hear direct evidence of this when you go to the Low End Theory club in LA and witness DJ Nobody or the Gaslamp Killer spinning Nosaj tracks. Or witness Nosaj himself - the guy absolutely levels the room. Drift is a near-perfect record, a dazzling patchwork of light and dark in every imaginable color that synthesizes and expands upon all the various electronica/hip-hop fusions that have arisen in the past 5 years - dubstep, glitch-hop, ambience, and a lot more. It's simultaneously headphone candy, dance floor material, and driving music. It's playful and also serious. Just hear it, and watch out for Nosaj Thing's sophomore album in 2010, sure to be a breakthrough.
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Excellent electronic album. Great for putting a new sound system through its paces or some late-night listening.
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By Robby on February 10, 2013
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Love his music as soon as I head his first song I instantly bought both of them on here! great music!! must buy!!
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Nosaj thing lays it down like no other beatmaster could, but he's way better live. Still, the album is great.
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