by Nosaj Thing
Released: Jan 2013
Los Angeles' Nosaj Thing has produced beats for Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar, but you wouldn't necessarily guess it from his solo work, which has more in common with Boards of Canada and Apparat than it does contemporary rap. The follow-up to 2009's Drift, Home is as cozy as its title implies, shuttling between shuffling breakbeats and wide-eyed synthesizer chime. Guest vocalists Kazu Makino and Toro y Moi feature on the standouts "Eclipse/Blue" and "Try," but the instrumental tracks don't lack for personality, with softly yearning melodies and jewel-toned textures galore.