Neat Beats - Comic Surgery (2011)

This guy's recording name is pretty representative of his music. Sampling and layering in the spirit of DJ Shadow and whoever else does this kind of stuff,  Neat Beats crafts some beautiful, even uplifting stuff (without being too corny). Crackly drums, chopped and looped strings and vocals, the whole shebang. The hip hop influenced percussion serves as a backbone for melodic and organic noodlings, but focused noodlings, nothing superfluous or pretentious. Just some damn good songs.

That looped piano at the end of the album comes straight out of a happy memory.

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