TNTKLZ - Gunbai / Possessed - Druid Records / DRD028

Ever committed to breaking new neurofunk talents, Essex’s Druid Records have recruited Russian newcomer #TNTKLZ for their latest release, the heavy-hitting two-tracker “#Gunbai” / “#Possessed”. Following an impressive debut EP and follow-up single on #BlackPantherRecordings earlier this year and a slew of appearances on compilations for #SAMSound and #KarmaLite, this release marks the youngster’s first release on #Druid, and it does not disappoint.


Citing #Druid mainstays and Eastern European neuro heavyweights #AgressorBunx and #Tobax as major influences on his sound, it’s no wonder that #TNTKLZ has landed himself a spot on the label’s roster, with these audible inspirations ringing true over the course of the project’s two offerings. “#Gunbai” opens with menacing impacts and a wide, resonant drone which ascends in pitch to an epic climax, crashing head-first into brutal drops characterised by textbook gnarled neurofunk basses, popping snares, and urgent, mechanical melodies to make for a rollercoaster of a listening experience.


#Possessed”, on the other hand, finds a different side to the Ekaterinburg native’s production skills on display. Equally tense but utilising a deep register and a unique rhythmic slant, the song commences with scratchy, detuned leads before creeping into a masterfully intricate drop accentuating groaning basslines and percussive plucks. In equal parts weighty and atmospheric, the clanking track is unlike anything else on #Druid before it, marking the youngster out as a name to take seriously. Now reaching his biggest audience to date via the label’s platform, #TNTKLZ is bound to amass a dedicated following off the back of this release, serving as living proof that the future of the genre is in safe hands.


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