We DARE YOU not to bop along to Type 4. “88s & Beatbreaks” is a throwback hip hop tune featuring solid pop melodies and hooks. With a production most producers can’t touch, this song is masterfully arranged and pulls out all the sampling stops. Any group that throws Looney Tunes and Pee Wee Herman in the mix is cool in our book. These Bostonians make “hip hop for grown ups,” but anyone can get up to the sound of Type 4. They are classic craftsmen and we dig it.
Type 4 commands attention from the moment you press “play.” Just in case “88s & Beatbreaks” didn’t get you bumping up and down (check your pulse), “Rusty Rhymes” comes at the listener like a welcoming uppercut. It shows off the “golden age” vibe that Type 4 is all about. Fusing hip hop, pop, and reggae, these fellas have cooked up a timeless party tune that kicks off their forthcoming album, “4 Feet High and Rhyming.” Good time music. “Chromali”… awesome.
Lauren Sanderson’s talent is ferocious. It is no surprise she was chosen as one of Vevo’s DSCVR Artists To Watch 2019. Her live performance of “Electric” shows off a worthy contender in the pop music world. Sanderson has undeniable star power, and a voice that cracks at all the right times. Backed by solid, roomy-sounding drums, she sways and grooves along to a powerful tune that could climb Top 40 and propel Lauren Sanderson to arenas and international stages. We are impressed.
Certain songs seem to come from another time and place. “Gin Is Not My Friend” by Ish Marquez is one such song. It is stylistically unlike anything we have heard before — an almost guttural punk sound with a touch of folk and hip hop. The tune was originally released on Rough Trade’s Anti Folk Volume 1, which seems fitting. A spin of Ish’s catalog shows “Gin Is Not My Friend” fits right along with his other tunes. With little but an acoustic, Ish Marquez crafts lyrical songs worth checking out.