In early December, sometime after world-renowned DJ Z-Trip had wrapped up a set for Bend’s beat-junkies, up-and-coming electro-wizard Eliot Lipp took the reins of the party and pointed it toward the wee hours of the night.
At around 2 a.m., police showed up to the Midtown complex and asked that the volume be turned down, according to Carl Warner, part of the Slipmat Science collective behind the show. “We are gonna have to bring Eliot Lipp ... so his fans can hear his music on 100%," Warner wrote to me after the show, “cause the bass is what it’s all about."
Tonight, Slipmat delivers, and Lipp returns for a free show at Liquid Lounge. To be clear, this will be a dance party. Lipp’s banging blend of house music, hip-hop and vintage funk is relentlessly vibrant, with beats that bounce big-time and melodies that glitter like a unicorn’s makeup case.
The fact that he was discovered by the experimentally minded Scott Herren of Prefuse 73 and more recently signed to the label of populist DJ hero Pretty Lights tells you all you need to know about the range of Lipp’s sounds.
Eliot Lipp, with Nick Nyquil, Zebual, Prajekt and Codi Carroll; 9 tonight; free; Liquid Lounge, 70 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend; www.slipmat science.com.