Music Monday: Merkules, Franky Nuts, Bok Nero & Shizz Lo, SIPPY, Tsunami Bomb, FuntCase, Andrew Bayer, and Elliot Lee

Merkules announces his Special Occasion album, due out November 1, and drops the lead single “Bass” feat. Hopsin and Tech N9ne. With Special Occasion, Merkules showcases the blunt, honest lyricism that has carried him from the Canadian underground to a major record deal with RBC/BMG.

Merkules has accumulated more than 316 million YouTube views, surpassed 50 million streams across platforms, and received two nominations for a Western Canadian Music Award. His “Old Town Road” remix went viral earlier this year, and “All Night Long,” the first piece of audio from Special Occasion, gained more than 1.5 million views in just two weeks. Special Occasion is far more than just Merkules resting on his laurels

 

One of the freshest talents in bass, Franky Nuts has been wowing crowds across Europe with his blend of catchy melodies and sub-wrecking low end. Borrowing the vocal talents of Zjantal he’s bringing fans “After Us,” out now on Circus Records.

After spoiling fans in 2019 with slamming singles “Your Lies,” “Waves,” “Ambition,” “Something To Believe In” – Remix, and “Supreme Funk” on Bite This in the early stages of the year, Franky turns up the heat with another festival destroyer.

 

Philadelphia lyricist Bok Nero and producer Shizz Lo release the “Hood Anthem” music video. The booming collaboration exemplifies Nero’s signature #HoodEDM brand, with free-flowing rhymes, spit rapidly over explosive bass drops. The official visual depicts Bok and Shizz on a mischief-filled heist throughout the streets of Philly. Channeling their inner Robin Hoods, the duo go from robbing a bodega to jacking a Mister Softee truck, no one is safe as the duo pillage the land in search of ice cream to dish out to the kids on the street.

Bok’s vocal skills have been tapped by some of EDM’s most crucial artists, including Steve Aoki, Yellow Claw, Zomboy, QUIX, Riot Ten and UZ, making the Philly MC a staple on the scene. Now “Hood Anthem” looks to be the young artist’s breakout single, with heavy support on some of Spotify’s strongest playlists such as Beast Mode and Hype.

 

Australian producer SIPPY drops syrupy, bass-forward sounds on her New Noise debut “Live That Way,” featuring Cassandra Kay.

Highlighted alongside the likes of 1788-L, Fisher and Cray by YourEDM as one of 40 “Artists to Watch in 2019,” SIPPY is making massive waves down under and around the globe. A graduate of ICON Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles and an owner and instructor at 3 DJ/production schools across Australia, SIPPY’s studio abilities are first-rate.

 

Northern California’s punk rock cult favorites Tsunami Bomb are back with ‘The Spine That Binds,’ their first new LP in 15 years. The LP, which was produced by the band and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock), will be released on November 8th via Alternative Tentacles.

With the long-awaited third full-length release, ‘The Spine That Binds,’ Tsunami Bomb have proven that this latest chapter of the band not only embraces their signature style of aggressive pop-punk.

FuntCase is firing on all cylinders as he releases his first EP since 2013’s Don’t Piss Me Off. Fans have been waiting, and here it is… the Next Chapter is out now on the legendary Circus Records.

“Without” feat. Dani Poppitt lulls listeners in with beautiful piano and vocal, but stay tuned and FuntCase treats us to his classic slashing bass and stabbing sonics. The aptly named “Devastation” closes proceedings in dramatic fashion, wrapping up a 2019 magnum opus of distorted filth.

“‘Bottle Top Trance’ is another ode to music I loved when I was growing up. So much of my music is quite serious, but here I wanted to draw influence from some of the classic, Euro-dance and trance ear-worms that I listened to when I grow up – music that was made for big dancefloor moments, but had a sense of fun to it… almost bordering on silliness.” –Andrew Bayer

The second single to be taken from the forthcoming ’Parallels EP,’ ‘Bottle Top Trance’ is already established as an Above & Beyond set favorite as well as taking Record Of The Week on their Group Therapy radio show. Andrew Bayer will be touring ‘Parallels’ across North America across fall, staring with District in Atlanta on September 27th. Full dates below.

 

Brooklyn based artist Elliot Lee fuses dark pop melodies with edgy vocals and innovative electronic soundscapes to create an unpredictable sound, acting as a voice for the voiceless. Having grown up in a nomadic lifestyle that carried her family around the country, Elliot Lee found stability in the universality of music. With an admiration for the lulling alt-pop of artists like Billie Eilish and Lana Del Ray and the homegrown rebellion of Twenty One Pilots, Lee comes through with a catchy single entitled, “Upside Down”.

“Upside Down” is about feeling like you are at the bottom of the world, always in the worst headspace and always running into obstacles in the path toward a fulfilling life, and wishing it could all be the exact opposite. The empowering track emits an uplifting feeling through its crispy beats and fast-paced vocals.

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