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MERK Stakes A Claim To The Avant Garde With “Double Edged Sword”

“Pleasure and pain in the same dose.”

December 14, 2015

MERK's new track moves through two different modes. The first features the kind of production that dominates rap at the moment, but the second is more unusual, centering on a loping kick-drum beat. "Double Edged Sword is representative of MERK as hip-hop’s apocalyptic avant-garde," the band told The FADER in an email. "Its effect is to induce an identity crisis in the genre by infiltrating it with the iconoclasm of rock 'n' roll. The title suggests this hybridity that cuts both ways: pleasure and pain in the same dose."

This is the bonus track to the group's recently released EP. Listen below, and check out the rest of the project here.

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