REVIEW: “Degeneration Volume 1”
Artist: Sean Tyas
Label: Black Hole
Release Date: April 6, 2015
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.0
Sean Tyas, perhaps NYC’s favorite expat trance producer, known for his up tempo, high energy tracks, is at it again with his “Degeneration Vol. 1” debut artist album. OK, I have to admit from the start that it’s odd referring to this as a debut album considering how prolific Sean has been over the past decade, but hey, who am I to argue with the hometown hero?
Released on the legendary Black Hole Recordings label, the “Degeneration Vol. 1” album features three original tracks that live up to the absolutely filthy sound that Sean is known and loved for.
Track one – “Way Down in Mexico,” proves Tyas still packs one of the most powerful drops in the industry. The melodic hook in this one is trademark Tytanium, and really brings you back to the classic Tyas sound of 7-8 years ago. It is a solid reminder (lest ye forget!) that Sean has always been at the forefront of that 140 banging style that has become a staple sub-genre of trance.
Tyas knocks listeners off their feet with the next track “Swarm.” I gotta say I’ve always loved the drum sounds Tyas captures in his tracks, as it compliments the dirty bass quite well. I think some producers are so focused on “The Bass” that they don’t spend as much time developing the percussion, but Tyas drives his tracks just as much with both.
The third and final track on the album, is the deep, dark, and nasty “9am.” If that’s what your 9am’s are like I’m guessing you’ve been up partyin since 9pm the night before. That hi-hat and seductive, synthy sound draw you in as the track builds up. This one has a bit of a progressive feel, slowly changing, and adding nuances as it goes. Definitely one of those rabbit hole track sounds.
Sean has recently rebranded/relaunched his former Tytanium Sessions podcast with the same “Degenerate” moniker, a maneuver that has become relatively common in trance with guys like Gareth Emery, Tritonal, and Above and Beyond having also given their radio shows a facelift of sorts.
If this album is any indication of what Sean plans to bring to Slake NYC on May 2, you definitely don’t want to miss out!
For more info on the album and upcoming tour dates check out:
Black Hole Recordings – http://www.blackholerecordings.com/
Originally written for ENL by Disco Stu