Local rapper Lucid Optics true talent lies in his innovative production. He writes and records all his own beats. He loops psychedelic swells with jazzy licks and even throws in some old 8bit Nintendo sounds and traditional Eastern music. His beats could stand up on their own as solid instrumental hip hop tracks. Fortunately, he can and does rap as well, with dizzy flow and brainy, clever lyrics. His style is reminiscent of Aesop Rock, but he goes even further into outer space territory. He has also done some top notch jams with local indie jazz outfit Contra Ville.