BioHis Sequential Circuits keyboard might be missing a few buttons, but one listen to Eliot Lipp’s debut full-length and it becomes clear that those particular triggers must not be important. Recorded in a shifty Chicago apartment on just that old 70’s synth and an equally questionable sampler, Lipp creates tracks that sound far beyond his limited means. Born in Tacoma Washington, Lipp went through the time-honored discovery of hip-hop throughout the 90’s. Tribe, RZA and Hieroglyphics all made the cut. Upon moving to the Bay Area in 1998, he dove headfirst into San Fran’s neoteric hip-hop scene. Cutting his first records with The Era in 2001, Lipp spent his time away from the multi-track listening to the next wave of underground coming from Dan the Automator, Mad Lib and Freestyle Fellowship, all producers who’s textured style inform the cuts set before you. Lipp’s fluid instrumentals are a fresh to the ears, yet they already sound like classic cuts with dust settled deep into the grooves. MCs would love to get all over these tracks, but the songs just don’t require them. Enjoy the layered moments of spacey synth and gritty drums. They are all you need.