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Nicolas Jaar (born January 10, 1990) is a Chilean-American composer and recording artist based in New York. Among his notable works are the albums Space Is Only Noise (2011), Pomegranates (2015) and Sirens (2016). He is known in the club world for his various dance 12" EPs he put out from 2008 to 2011. Since his first album, he has embarked on more explorative directions, performing a five-hour improvisational concert at PS1 and releasing a large volume of experimental recordings through his label, Other People, including works by like-minded artists Lydia Lunch, William Basinski, and Lucretia Dalt. In 2015 he scored Jacques Audiard's Dheepan (winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015).

Jaar is also half of the band Darkside (Psychic, 2013). Then, in 2018, he released an album under the alias Against All Logic called 2012-2017, described by Pitchfork as one of the best new albums of the year.



Jaar was born in New York on January 10, 1990 to Alfredo Jaar and Evelyne Maynard and moved to his father’s native Chile when he was two. He and his family lived there for six years before moving back to New York. Jaar met Soul Keita and Nikita Quasim on a school trip through the Sonora desert in Mexico. The three bonded over music and began swapping beats and projects online. In 2009, Jaar started Clown & Sunset as a way to legitimize their music.

Jaar’s music is ruminative and emotional (he calls it “blue-wave”), drawing inspiration from fellow-Chilean Ricardo Villalobos and minimal techno. Most of Jaar’s compositions reside at 100 BPM or lower, far lower than the techno/house standards of 120-130 BPM. “I’m going to keep taking the beats even slower,” he says in an interview with Resident Advisor, “More unintentional things happen between the beats.” He released his debut album, Space Is Only Noise in January 2011 to critical acclaim, receiving a score of 8.4 “Best New Music” from Pitchfork and four stars from The Guardian. It was ranked #1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Crack Mag, #2 by DJ Mag and #20 by Pitchfork. His track "Don't Break My Love" also received Best New Music by Pitchfork in late 2011. Jaar toured the album with a full band, combining sounds from his laptop with a guitarist, drummer, and saxophonist.

On May 18, 2012 Nicolas Jaar made his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut, which was voted 'Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012'.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2011 Space Is Only Noise
  • Released: 31 January 2011
  • Label: Circus Company
  • Formats: Vinyl, Download, CD


Year Details
2011 DARKSIDE EP (w/ Dave Harrington)
  • Released: 17 November 2011
  • Label: Clown & Sunset
  • Format: Download
2011 Don't Break my Love
  • Released: 1 November 2011
  • Label: Clown & Sunset
  • Format: Download
2011 Nico's Bluewave Edits
  • Released: 10 July 2011
  • Label: W+L Black
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Love You Gotta Lose Again
  • Released: 5 October 2010
  • Label: Double Standard Records
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Time For Us / Mi Mujer
  • Released: 25 July 2010
  • Label: Wolf + Lamb Music
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Marks & Angles
  • Released: 17 May 2010
  • Label: Circus Company
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Russian Dolls
  • Released: 5 March 2010
  • Label: Clown and Sunset
  • Format: Download
2008 The Student
  • Released: 5 April 2008
  • Label: Wolf + Lamb Music
  • Format: Download


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