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Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
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vyle. Discography:

Post-Paleaeontologist (CD, Album) Twenty64 2002

Oh I Think Dey Like Hoodtronics (CD) Uncommon Records 2006

Vyle & Eliot Lipp - Neonstrider Bit Rate EP (File, MP3) BriEfcAse Rockers Rec. 2008

Eliot Lipp Discography :

Eliot Lipp ? (3 versions) Eastern Developments 2004

Rap Tight (12") Hefty Records 2005

Immediate Action #10 ? (2 versions) Hefty Records 2005

The Days EP (File, MP3) Hefty Records 2006

Tacoma Mockingbird ? (2 versions) Hefty Records 2006

Steele Street Scraps ? (2 versions) Hefty Records 2006

City Synthesis (CD, Album) Metatronix 2007

The Outside (CD, Album) Mush 2008

Vyle & Eliot Lipp - Neonstrider Bit Rate EP (File, MP3) BriEfcAse Rockers. 2008

Peace Love Weed 3D ? (3 versions) Old Tacoma Records 2009




“We’re definitely making big songs,” explains vyle., the Chicago area rapper, who along with producer Eliot Lipp, make up the progressive new collaboration AUBURN. “It’s both a continuation and innovation of our influences. Combining top-forty sounds, the music we grew up with, and material that’s simply ingrained within ourselves as artists.”

One part homage, one part upheaval; AUBURN’s output is intricate and sophisticated. A forward-leaning project carrying an electro-knob backdrop laid out behind hip-hop vocals delivered as intelligently bold. Eliot Lipp and vyle., two of today’s most dynamic artists, continuously steer their appropriate genres by pushing forward.

Surrounded by Chicago notables in the early 2000’s rap scene vyle., aka Albert Johnson, polished his charismatic and articulate verbal flow early on. “It was so cohesive despite it being a competition,” he reveals about his environment’s influence. “And when people were rapping, they said something that made you rewind the tape. Using similes and metaphors, I couldn’t believe dudes from the South Side were writing this stuff. I was completely enamored by it.” It wasn’t long after with absorbed talent in tow, that vyle. started shaking the scene himself. Releasing a slew of hustled cassettes and CDs, all featuring his unique hybrid of hip hip and electronica, vyle. parlayed recognition to a wider audience. Johnson elaborates, “So I started hosting these Flosstradamus parties. Must’ve been in 2006, it was myself and Kid Sister. And over a six month period these nights grew from thirty kids to upwards of three hundred; finally bringing a new generation of Chicago underground rap aboveground.” That party-scene gig led the young rapper to releasing 2006’s Oh I Think Dey like Hoodtronics mixtape, a refined collection of electronic hip-hop glossed with vyle.’s distinctly clever and intelligent lyrical content. It has since been downloaded nearly 20,000 times.

Having worked with the likes of Drop the Lime, A-trak, Daft Punk, and Kid Sister among others, vyle.’s carved a niche. A delicate, yet innovative style densely influenced by Chicago hip-hop, while still transmitting elements of Baltimore club, disco, and electronic glitch. Layered atop vintage bass, his sound’s been featured in countless showcases across the country.

Lipp followed a similar, if not more nomadic, approach. Raised in Tacoma Washington, the heavy-hitting producer began pushing buttons at a young age. Self-taught on a diet weighing heavy on West Coast underground rap, Lipp started creating beats in high school; originally for others. “But then I heard people like DJ Shadow doing solo records, so I just started making instrumentals and releasing my own full-lengths,” says Lipp. Building up acquired hype, Lipp explains his aggressive DIY approach. “I’d press a bunch of these black and whites then got to random spots with stacks of CDs and ask if I could sell them. I did this all over the county, including Chicago, where I was living at the time.”

The grassroots approach deemed worthy as an acknowledgement and subsequent release by Prefuse 73‘s Eastern Developments followed. Since then Lipp’s spent time twisting his recognizable brand of ‘90s hip-hop and house, 70’s funk-fusion, and classic electro in almost every primary market in Europe, Asia, and the US. Successful releases for labels such as Mush and Hefty notwithstanding, it was the aforementioned cross country hustle that would ultimately lead Lipp to his present day collaboration with vyle.

“That’s when I first heard Eliot’s stuff,” adds Johnson. “I randomly picked up one of his earlier releases at Chicago’s Tower Records and while the music was definitely more rap influence, it was still very synth-heavy.” A 2004 email explaining Johnson’s interest to Lipp followed and the two artists have been close ever since, working on projects when time and location allowed (Lipp has since moved to Brooklyn, while Johnson still holds court in Chicago).

“Throughout the years I’d get feedback from Albert on tracks and vice versa. He’d always pick out the ones I wouldn’t expect him to; the super techno or the acid-type ones,” comments Lipp. “So when we finally got serious about working together, it was the natural direction to pursue.”

Standing apart, the artists hold court at the forefront of their respective genres. Presume no different from AUBURN; an assurance that delivers with “Here I Am,” expected to be the duo’s first musical offering. 

Revolving around an infectious R. Roberts’ hook, “Here I Am” details minimalistic love in the modern age. Like a hesitant wave, its power isn’t felt in what it offers but what it holds back. The track sees Lipp allowing little to overflow, relying heavily on the quality of what’s given, and provides Vyle’s rap chance to break speed; giving nods to fashion, love, and all that lies in between. 

“Our music is futuristic without trying too hard. It’s a direct advan