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* Type 4 * Lauren Sanderson * Ish Marquez *

Type 4 “88s & Beatbreaks”

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 “Rusty Rhymes”

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 “Electric”

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.

 
 

Ish Marquez “Gin Is Not My Friend”

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.

 
 

The Get Up Kids "I'm Sorry"

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The Get Up Kids are the best. They changed it all for a lot of bands. We were obsessed with their music then, and we are pumped to hear them stay true to their roots with the Kicker EP.

The video for "I'm Sorry" shows a gang of kids ready to take down The Get Up Kids. Youth, bicycles, and pre-teen angst are what the band in known for, so it was great to see a crew of young ones sparring with the indie legends. It is also refreshing to hear a single featuring the vocals of guitarist Jim Suptic.

Just when you think punk and emo music is gone, The Get Up Kids rise to the task of reminding listeners that they are still around and doing their thing.

Death Valley Girls "Disaster (Is What We're After)"

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Ever wonder what Iggy Pop looks like eating a hamburger while listening to rock and roll? Wonder no more! The Death Valley Girls just released "Disaster (Is What We're After)" and Iggy is championing the song with a classy video appearance.

This tune drives like a rusty vintage car with a souped up motor. It's reminiscent of songwriting from a grittier time in music -- a la New York Dolls and The Stooges. "Disaster" is fittingly complimented by a raucous arrangement and production that is ready to derail but never does. Instead, it keeps chugging along.

Claps, horns, and honks get Iggy Pop bopping along, and we think you will shimmy to it, too!

 

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