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Los Angeles producer Nosaj Thing crafts stately, ethereal, synth-based instrumental hip-hop, with influences that range from Boards of Canada and DJ Shadow to Danny Elfman and Erik Satie. An L.A. native, Thing was inspired at an early age by the hip-hop radio stations that the bus driver would play on his way to elementary school, and particularly by the Beat Junkies' turntablism on Power 106. In high school, while delving into the sounds of drum'n'bass and the rave scene, and playing quad toms in the school drum line, he figured out how to use his father's old PC to program beats of his own. Soon enough, Thing was motivated to move in more experimental directions by the D.I.Y. rock scene at L.A.'s underground venue The Smell, where he made his live debut in 2004. Through online and in-person networking, on message boards, and, eventually, at the more beat-oriented music spot Low End Theory, Chung came into contact with like-minded Angelenos including Flying Lotus, Nobody, Daedelus, and local legends (and personal heroes) like D-Styles and Daddy Kev. Following the self-released Views/Octopus EP in 2006 (whose track "Aquarium" was later used by rapper Kid Cudi as the basis of his "Man on the Moon"), he signed with Kev's Alpha Pup imprint for his full-length debut, Drift, in 2009. Chung contributed beats to MCs Busdriver, Nocando, and Kendrick Lamar, and made remixes for Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Radiohead, and Smell staples Health. His second album, Home -- featuring Toro y Moi on "Try" and Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino on "Eclipse/Blue" -- was issued on Innovative Leisure in 2013. Chance the Rapper and Whoarei appeared on 2015's Fated. A couple weeks prior to that album's release, Thing's gear was stolen during a tour stop in Houston, Texas. Despite the devastating loss, he was able to perform in his hometown a week later in celebration of his new work. An abstract house EP titled No Reality was released digitally in 2016, and fourth full-length Parallels, featuring guest vocals by Makino and Steve Spacek, appeared in 2017. ~ K. Ross Hoffman
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  2.   1685/Bach
  3.   Fog
  4.   Nightcrawler
  5.   Cold Stares
  6.   Eclipse/Blue
  7.   Glue
  8.   All Points Back to U
  9.   Light #3
  10.   Erase
  11.   N R 2
  12.   Phase IV
  13.   2K
  14.   Sci
  15.   Aquarium
  16.   Angels by Sabina Sweetrice
  17.   IGYC
  18.   TM
  19.   Nowhere
  20.   P8
  21.   A
  22.   Moon
  23.   Eclipse by Kazu Makino
  24.   Coat of Arms
  25.   Home
  26.   Safe
  27.   Way We Were
  28.   Quest
  29.   Try
  30.   N R 4
  31.   Caves
  32.   Outro
  33.   Intro
  34.   Get Like
  35.   How We Do
  36.   Form
  37.   U G
  38.   N R 1
  39.   Let You
  40.   Varius
  41.   Don't Mind Me
  42.   Phase III
  43.   Prelude
  44.   Tell
  45.   Light #1
  46.   1010
  47.   Voices
  48.   Us
  49.   Lords
  50.   Ioio
  51.   2222
  52.   Distance
  53.   3rd Complex
  54.   Ways Out
  55.   Light #5
  56.   Realize
  57.   Heart Entire
  58.   N R 3
  59.   Medic
  60.   Snap
  61.   Distro
  62.   UV3
  63.   Light #2
  64.   N R 5
  65.   Don't Mind Me ft. Whoarei
  66.   Sister
  67.   Shower
  68.   Watch
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