Los Angeles producer Nosaj Thing crafts ethereal, synth-based instrumental hip-hop.
Jason Chung began playing D.I.Y. live sets under the name Nosaj Thing at L.A. experimental-music havens like The Smell and then refined his sound at the legendary Low End Theory club alongside Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer. After the breakthrough reception of his 2009 debut solo album Drift Nosaj would go on to premier slots at Coachella and FYF Fest share stages with the likes of Toro Y Moi, and do official remixes for everyone from Beck to Phillip Glass.
Chung is known specifically for his innovative, unexpected musical pairings: Kid Cudi hit up on Nosaj Thing via his MySpace page in 2006, resulting in Chung producing Cudi’s autobiographical classic “The Man on the Moon.” Kendrick Lamar flowed over Nosaj’s ethereal boom bap to create the YouTube gem “Cloud 10”; Chance the Rapper, meanwhile, freaked a Nosaj beat for his 2013 breakout masterpiece “Paranoia” and appeared on Nosaj Thing’s 2015 LP, Fated. His latest full-length release, Parallels, represents his most diverse, vital work yet. The album’s compellingly elusive, uncategorizable sonics developed out of what he terms a personal & musical “identity crisis.” The album features collaborations with Steve Spacek, Zuri Marley, and Blonde Redhead vocalist Kazu Makino.
At Loop, Nosaj Thing and Daito Manabe's new show will see both artists on stage next to each other, confirming the synergy between their respective creative universes: on one side the Los Angeles musician’s abstract beats and emotive melodies; on the other, real time 'scanning' and overflowing visual creativity from the Japanese artist – all resulting in a captivating, technologically advanced audio-visual performance.