Eliot Lipp and Jasia 10
There are many detractors of techno and electronic music.
A common complaint issued about the genre is that it’s headache-inducing and only suited for clubs full of hipsters tripping on illicit drugs.
Believe it or not, there’s actually some techno music out there that is extremely listenable, even so for those who may have had a severe aversion to it in the past.
Eliot Lipp and Jasia 10 are two drivers of this latest breed of techno. Passing over a delivery that’s purely electronic and prone to producing seizures, Lipp and Jasia 10 choose a route that borrows from more traditional genres and isn’t intent on being freakishly futuristic. Their album, “How We Do: Moves Made,” was released on Old Tacoma Records on Oct. 4.
The Eliot Lipp and Jasia 10 collaboration has been several years in the works, a result of two like-minded teenage music lovers having hit up the same record store in Tacoma, Wash.
Jasia 10 remained in his home state, but Lipp ventured out and settled in Brooklyn, N.Y., becoming a recognizable producer and musician in the electronic music realm. For his latest musical effort, he decided to reach back to his roots, reuniting with his friend with whom he embarked on his first beat-seeking adventures.
“How We Do: Moves Made” rewinds back to the days Lipp and Jasia 10 spent in record stores listening to soul, hip-hop, funk and jazz albums, but also incorporates all the musical knowledge they’ve developed in the following years. They use those older influences as the foundation for their work, then built a multi-layered modern structure on top of it. The result is a house of aural stimulation.
With “How We Do,” Lipp and Jasia 10 have remodeled what is familiar to accommodate modernity, thus giving them the ability to capture a wider audience. Harvesting of the vintage pile instead of starting from scratch serves as a benefit to their music. Embracing the past keeps them from alienating listeners outside of the techno realm; this is a quality many of their counterparts in the electronic music market have failed to acknowledge.
“Sunrise,” which emerges as the first track on the album, is a luminous mix of old and new. Minus the drum machine and a few other effects on the song, it could easily be the opener of a scratchy 1970s soul LP.
The next track, “Move It,” jacks up a base that could easily pass as background music on The Weather Channel with hip-hop beats and other funky adornments. Even at a pace that could back up weather conditions, the song is a motivator.
“Guilty Pleasures” and “Journeys,” which follow, also maintain a laid-back position, but do not lack on the body moving inducements.
Lipp and Jasia 10 ace the combination of the organic and the synthetic through several songs on the album. For example, “Acen It” is driven by horns, drums and even handclaps, with the synthesizer acting as a background unit.
The final song on the album, “The Surface,” also succeeds in melding processed beats with horns with what sounds like an electric guitar. The inability to determine if the latter instrument is guitar or a processed sound is one of many aspects of “How We Do” that keeps the listener perpetually interested.
Of course, there will always be people who will never like anything techno, electronic, house, hip hop or anything resembling any of those styles. They are not the kind of people who are going to get down with “How We Do,” nor would Lipp and Jasia 10 expect them to do so. They and some organic music proponents may not give “How We Do” a chance, but that doesn’t mean that Lipp and Jasia 10 are not legitimate musicmakers.
Anyone with an open mind can be easily drawn into their collection of mostly synthetic sound and realize that there is a value to it.