Eliot Lipp "Tacoma Mockingbird" (Hefty Records)

Glitchy, synthy and melodic breaks n’ beats from Tacoma, WA’s Lipp. Displaying influences ranging from funk and disco to electro and downtempo, Tacoma Mockingbird also has a strong hip-hop sensibility.


“Lipp weaves some fine textures…the kid’s scrap-savvy instrumental hip-hop is just what you’d expect: loose, breathable funk fabric.”-XLR8R

“…The subtleties here make all the difference. It’s electro and dubby at one instant, propulsive and banging instrumental hip-hop at the next. Cinematic is an understatement. Think bigger beat junkies; this shit is built for the IMAX.”-SCISSORKICK.COM

It rains for about half the year in Eliot’s hometown, Tacoma, Washington. Los Angeles is lucky if it gets a tenth of that. With friends and family on his mind, Eliot recorded during the blazing Los Angeles summer. Laying down a bedrock of notorious breakbeats under his signature Sequential Circuits and Korg MS-20 leads, Eliot has created an impeccable beat record that also serves as an autobiographical chronicle of love, longing and a soulful testament to the love for his hometown. Eliot’s instrumentals pour forth more emotion than most modern-day crooners, and his beats are on par with today’s best producers. Listening to his record automatically transports you to a crowded California freeway, with the wheels pointed north. It begins with dry desert leanings, and before long the rain starts to drip on the windshield, giving way to a full on finger-snapping downpour.

01. Glasspipe

02. Tic Tac
03. Rap Tight
04. Brand New
05. Times Four
06. Last Night
07. Check Weight
08. Rhyme War
09. The People
10. Sex Tape
11. Mashin’ On ‘Em
12. Spit Rap
13. Vallejo