Many years ago (in the ’00s) the peace of Los Angeles’ music community was shocked by the explosion of something scientists would later call the Beat Scene. Labels like Brainfeeder and Alpha Pup (and producers like Flying Lotus, TOKiMONSTA and Gaslamp Killer) rocked the faultlines between hip hop and electronic music.
A young DJ and producer with a certain calm clarity to his work emerged, named Nosaj Thing. His debut Drift was drawn with stark synth lines and coloured with otherworldly sounds; if it was beamed from outer space, second album Home was a deeper sonar signal, dense with atmosphere. A third album was nearly complete when hard drives of finished tracks were stolen without backup. Finding new levels of resolve and energy, Nosaj Thing sought to push himself still further. This new collection, arguably his most accomplished, arrives not from above, below, or within, but from a new dimension yet to be properly described. Parallels merges the past and the present with a clear intent for the future of the ever-evolving LA Beat Scene.
Parallels is out September 22 via Inertia.