Eliot Lipp -Skywave (LP)
Eliot Lipp first surfaced as an instrumental hip-hop producer during the mid-2000s, but his sound quickly expanded to include electro-funk, disco, new wave/synth pop, and other styles. By the start of the next decade, he had gained a significant audience among the EDM festival crowd, regularly appearing on lineups along with acts such as Pretty Lights and the Glitch Mob. Skywave is Lipp's second album for Detroit-based Young Heavy Souls (third, counting a reissue of 2012's Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake), and it's as good an example of his genre-mashing style as anything else he's done. His tracks are generally concise, running the lengths of typical pop songs, but they never quite follow predictable structures. Generally friendly and a bit trippy, they tend to flow through beats, samples, and other elements at an easygoing pace -- always busy and active, but never too complex or hard to follow. "I Told Ya" begins the album with blunted midtempo beats and sparkling percussive samples, along with choppy vocals and sunny guitar licks. The track gets a bit more excited later on, with faster synth arpeggios, but it doesn't upset the song's relaxed vibe.
Label: Young Heavy Souls