Mersiv is no stranger to collaborating with verse maestro Knat Turner. The two have worked together on countless tracks, including their most recent collaboration on Mersiv’s statement-making Digital Eden project. Now the two have teamed up with fellow left-field extraordinaire Laika Beats on a brand new two-track EP, New Kids on Da Block, out now on Wakaan.
NKOTB could not have a better home than on Liquid Stranger‘s esteemed imprint with its tumbling synths, eery melodies, high tempo perscussion, and face-scrunching drops. On the EP’s title track opener, the two producer’s influences are readily distinguishable and completely complimentary at the same time. Tuner’s hip-hop vocal samples float over aggressive layers of bass for an all-out sound assault that can easily classify as omnitempo maximalism. The EP’s second track, “Dopamine,” is where Tuner’s knack for creating expert verses shines, as Mersiv and Laika Beats create a ghoulish landscape that is built around seismic drops and haunting tones.
Mersiv and Laika Beats are both slated to perform during some of October’s most talked-about bass events, with Mersiv hitting Wakaan’s inaugural festival on the legendary Mulberry Mountain and Laika Beats heading to Quasar in Texas the following weekend.