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The ethereal nature of Justin Chung's (Nosaj Thing) third album, Fated, will leave you in a state of tranquility. Speaking to Thump last year, Chung mentioned the comfort it brought him: "I feel much more comfortable with this third album now. I'm exploring some totally new sounds." Fated is unpolished, yet each layer comes together almost perfectly. The dark cadence and potency of the album makes it incredibly tough to label.

It's also difficult to remember specific tracks as the whole album melds together, but clocking in at just under 34 minutes, it makes for perfect background noise. Compared to his previous works, Drift and Home, Fated isn't as expansive, but what it does deliver is a mid-tempo vibe, meaning that you won't really break away from the state of calmness it leaves you in.

Nosaj Thing collaborated with Whoarei on 'Don't Mind Me', which becomes quite clear when the whispered vocals come through (Whoarei produced 'Loving You Ain't Complicated', which was sampled by Kendrick Lamar on 'u'). The album closes with '2K' which can only be described as cinematic. It ends abruptly which leaves you in a state of discomposure, similar to the feeling of when you're woken up suddenly. It's not a bad thing at all, it just merely highlights how much of a journey this album takes you on.

The beauty of Nosaj Thing's music is that the sparse nature of the vocals makes for a very inviting experience. With so many intricate elements to the album, added vocals would make it feel bloated. Even Chance The Rapper's feature on 'Cold Stares' manages to fit the overall aesthetic of the album - complementing the electronic sounds Nosaj presents us with. Listening to the album, all one can hear is a mine laden with potential samples, and if any rappers and producers are looking for some distinct sounds to rhyme over, this might be a good place to start.

Perhaps the brevity of each track makes it difficult to fully immerse yourself in his world, but considering the tracks blend almost effortlessly, there's a lack of mood shift, which creates a harmonious listening experience. Fated draws you in, and encapsulates a range of euphoric sounds, leaving you much lighter on the other side.

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