This Just In: Fated

It’s a busy week, so I’m gonna be a slacker with today’s post and just share Innovative Leisure’s text about the new, stunning, glitch-tastic, make-out-inducing Nosaj Thing album with you. Between my new collaborative/local album, Archival Feedback, dropping this week, Neutral Milk Hotel playing tonight at The Olympia Theater, and one of our staff members attending Red Bull Music Academy shows in New York, there’s so much to take care of. But don’t worry – I’ll be back with more music-related anecdotes and album info next week, when “This Just In” moves to Tuesdays! We still have the in-stock list going down below, so there hasn’t been too much slacking, right?

Nosaj Thing – Fated LP
Listen: “Don’t Mind Me”

“We seek the new because of the numbness. If you listen to enough music, you’re familiar with the feeling. Sounds get recycled so often that they can seem like geometric configurations organized via Wav files. Trends get time-stamped faster than a triplicate trap hi-hat.

The most rare records emerge outside of any clearly delineated orbit. They’re solitary visions that supply their own rhythm and arsenal. Music that reverberates through heart, brain, and spine. This is Nosaj Thing’s third album, Fated.

‘I just tried to escape really, and escape even what’s going on in the music world,’ says Nosaj Thing, the LA producer born Jason Chung. ‘It just felt so suffocating in a way. I just wanted to do my own thing.’

It’s been six years since Nosaj Thing emerged among the vanguard of Low End Theory-affiliated producers. His debut Drift created 31st century tones and chromatic textures so sleek that they inspired innumerable Soundcloud imitators.

None could match its moody iridescence, faded sadness and funky swing. Bach collided with Boards of Canada. Spaceships came equipped with rear view mirrors and a booming system bumping G-Funk and warped soul. Pitchfork called it ‘gorgeously haunted.’ Resident Advisor said it ‘exists in its own dimension and feeds off its own exhaust: full of alien choirs, conquered computers, and refracting stained-glass light.’

Fated exists in this same alternate dimension, but further out. If comparisons previously existed with other artists within the LA beat scene, Nosaj has rendered them baseless. His second album on Innovative Leisure (after 2013’s Home) seeks celestial escape through streamlining.

‘The last record took out so much of me. I just wanted to go back to simplifying and overthinking so much. It was a battle,’ Nosaj says. ‘The soul of a song, the essence of a song—whatever you want to call it—should be simple.’

By stripping away all but what’s really necessary, the sounds harness an unusual directness. Guest appearances are rare, save for vocals from Whoarei on ‘Don’t Mind Me,’ and Chicago rap phenomenon, Chance the Rapper. The latter gravely spits on ‘Cold Stares,’ invoking terminal fevers, empty beds, devil’s whispers, and insomniac fears.

If comparisons crop up, Fated has most in common with records like Burial’s Untrue or Dilla’s Donuts. Requiems that canvass the shadowy hinterlands between life and death, darkness and light, loneliness and love. Eternal themes re-imagined in ingenious fashion.

‘The album name came from all these coincidences that just kept on happening to me,’ Nosaj says. ‘Specific interaction with specific people in unexpected places. A perpetual feeling of déjà vu.’

It’s foundation rests on that intangible thing that some call fate or primordial feeling. Numbness receding, old emotions flooding back, un-tampered visions. Fated is what you can’t explain, so it’s best to just listen.


Other fates – new releases, reissues and restocks…
Actress – DJ Kicks 2LP*
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (180g) 2LP
Alt-J – This Is All Yours 2LP
And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs LP*
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers 2LP
Aphex Twin – MACHROMT30a 12”; Syro 2LP
Ariel Pink – pom pom 2LP
Augustus Pablo – Ital Dub LP
Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time LP
Basic Channel – Q Loop 12″
Beach House – Bloom 2LP; Teen Dream 2LP
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress 2LP; If You’re Feeling Sinister LP
Best Coast – California Nights CD, LP
Blur – Parklife 2LP; The Magic Whip 2LP
Boards Of Canada – Trans Canada Highway EP 12″; Hi Scores 12″
Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed 3LP; Flashlight EP 12″; North Borders 2LP
Broadcast – Tender Buttons LP; The Noise Made By People 2LP
Broadcast And The Focus Group – Investigate Witchcults Of The Radio Age LP
Burial – Kindred 12″
Cat Power – Sun 2LP; The Greatest LP
Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um LP
Christian Death – Ashes (30th Anniversary Edition) LP
Clark Terry – In Orbit LP
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas LP
Common – Like Water For Chocolate 2LP
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think… CD
Cream – Disraeli Gears LP
Daft Punk – Daft Club 2LP; Discovery 2LP
Dama/Libra – Claw LP*
Darkside – Psychic 2LP
Dead Ghosts – S/T LP
Dead Kennedys – Plastic Surgery Disasters LP
Death & Vanilla – To Where The Wild Things Are LP*
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes & Keys 2LP; Narrow Stairs LP; Plans 2LP; The Photo Album LP
Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses LP
DJ Shadow – Entroducing LP
Django Django – Born Under Saturn 2LP*
Django Reinhardt – Three Fingered Lightning LP
Don Carlos – Wipe The Wicked Clean LP
Drew Lustman – The Crystal Cowboy LP*
Drexciya – Harnessed The Storm 2LP
D’angelo – Voodoo (RTC Version) 2LP*
Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho LP
Falty DL – In The Wild 2LP
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear 2LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
FKA twigs – EP2 12″; LP1 CD, LP
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi LP
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma LP; You’re Dead 2LP
Foals – Total Life Forever LP
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata 2LP
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop LP
Furry Lewis – In His Prime LP
Future Brown – S/T LP
Future Islands – Singles LP
Genesis – Wind & Wuthering LP
Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords 2LP
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here LP
Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here LP
Gotan Project – La Revancha Del Tango 2LP
Grimes – Visions LP
Hot Sugar – God’s Hand 2LP
Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight LP
Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf Album LP
Ibeyi – S/T LP
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love 2LP; You’re Nothing LP
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
J.Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2LP
Jay Reatard – Matador Singles ’08 LP; Watch Me Fall LP
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back LP
Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsies LP
John Cage – Early Electronic & Tape Music LP
John Coltrane & Don Cherry – The Avant-Garde LP
Johnny Cash – Louisiana Hayride LP
Jungle – S/T LP
Justice – Cross 2LP
Kanye West – College Dropout 2LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid… 2LP
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP
Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy LP; Wakin On A Pretty Daze 2LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
Lapalux – Lustmore 2LP
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire 2LP
Liturgy – The Ark Work 2LP
Mark Mothersbaugh – Lego Movie OST 2LP
Metz – II LP
Mew – + – 2LP*
Michael Rault – Living Daylight LP
Millie & Andrea – Drop The Vowels LP+CD
Misfits – Collection II LP; Legacy Of Brutality LP
Model 500 – Sonic Sunset 2×12″
Mogwai – Rave Tapes LP
Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ 2LP, CD
Muddy Waters – After The Rain LP
Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff LP
Mumford & Sons – Babel LP; Wilder Mind CD, LP
My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade 2LP; Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge LP
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall 2LP, CD
Nadine Shah – Fast Food LP*
N.W.A. & The Posse – S/T LP
Nick Klein – Failed Devotee 12” EP
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise LP
Nightmares On Wax – In A Space Outta Sound 2LP
Nirvana – Live At Reading 2LP; Bleach LP
No Spill Blood – Heavy Electricity LP
Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory? 2LP
Old Man Gloom – Meditations In B LP*
Palma Violets – Danger In The Club LP*
Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain LP
Penguin Prison – Lost In New York LP*
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Pixies – Best Of: Wave Of Mutilation 2LP; Doolittle LP
Pulp – Different Class LP
Purity Ring – Another Eternity LP; Shrines LP
Queens Of The Stone Age – Like Clockwork 2LP; Era Vulgaris 3×10″; S/T 2LP
Radiance – S/T 12”
Raime – Quarter Turns Over A Living Line 2LP
Ratatat – Classics LP; LP3 LP; LP4 LP; Ratatat LP|
Round 2 – New Day 12”
RP Boo – Classics Vol. 1 12”*
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused 2LP
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sing Elliott Smith LP
Shannon & The Clams – Dreams In The Rat House LP
Sharon Jones – Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings LP
Shins – Chutes Too Narrow LP
Shlohmo – Dark Red 2LP
Sigur Ros – Hvarf-Heim 2LP; Med Sud I Eyrum… 2LP
Sleater-Kinney – S/T LP; The Hot Rock LP; The Woods 2LP
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle LP
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy LP
Stooges – Fun House LP
Suicide – S/T LP
Super Furry Animals – MWNG LP
The Body – Christs, Redeemers 2LP
The Budos Band – The Budos Band I LP
The Charlatans – Modern Nature LP*
The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I 2LP
The Horrors – Primary Colours 2LP; Skying 2LP
The Lookouts – Spy Rock Road 2LP*
The Vince Guaraldo Trio – S/T LP*
The Wipers – Youth Of America LP
Thelonious Monk Quartet – Misterioso LP
Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two – Live At The Blackhawk LP*
Thom Yorke – The Eraser LP
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon LP
Tyler The Creator – Goblin 2LP
Vampire Weekend – Contra LP
Various – A Fistful Of Fuzz LP
Various – Attack Dub LP
Various – Drop On Down In Florida 2CD+Book
Various – Electronic Toys LP; Electronic Toys 2 LP
Various – Juice OST LP
Various – Molam: Thai Vol. 1 2LP; Molam: Thai Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Mystic Soundz From India (Lost Field Recordings ’68-’79) LP
Various – Peru Bravo 2LP
Various – Ska From The Vaults Of WIRL Records LP
Various – Studio One Ska 2LP
Various – The Music Of Tanzania 2LP
Various – The Traveling Archive: Folk Music From Bengal LP
Warpaint – Warpaint 2LP
Washed Out – Paracosm LP
White Hills – Walks For Motorists LP*
xx – Coexist LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue