As a highly respected international DJ, studio genius and also one the veterans on the global trance scene, Sean Tyas has been championing and pioneering his cutting edge sounds and vibes for well over a decade. And now, finally, his debut artist has landed, and yes, at may sounds like a surprise that it has taken so long, but damn, it has really been worth the wait I can say!
And you must say that Sean delivers with full impact for his debut album, because you get not one but two cd´s here! One with the originals and one with a superb remix line-up, including remixes from the likes of Future Disciple, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex Di Stefano, Eddie Biter, John Askew and Darren Porter.
Disc 1 The Originals
We start out with the haunting and deep slamming beats on the psy influenced trance travelling ‘Vagabond’, where Sean delivers and epic and energy filled album opener, taking you as a musical prisoner from first listen, and catapults you straight into his fantastic musical orbit. Taking us further and deeper into the Tyaslistic rabbit hole, we then jump from psy-trance to breaks infused with electro, jungle and even dub-step on ‘Swarm’, yes you are reading correct, Sean fuses it all on ‘Swarm’ and you must agree that it works really cool. We continue with this overwhelming and musical ‘surprise’ ride with ‘Diffuse’ where Sean then goes all in on the break-beat/breaks side of things, delivering some magnificent and cool/’laidback’ breaks and chill-out passages, taking you deep and wide, creating a beautiful atmosphere in your mind.
‘9AM’ says the clock, and you‘re in for a heavy and deep dose of coo, vibrating and resounding techno vibes now. With dark and haunting stabs, fx’s and chords, Sean creates a really moody and heavy techno banger here. First vocal track on the album comes after, where the beautiful voice of Fisher graces us on 'Something In The Way', while Sean delivers and outstanding and pulsating trance composition, that really lifts us up in another dimension, while the soaring and moody vocal of Fisher really fits incredible into the sounds and chords from Sean. An absolutely stunning and gorgeous vocal track here! We continue with full effect on ‘Rollout’ where we’re rolling on and upwards on some heavy and deep pounding compositions, blended with some progressive psy influenced sounds and effects, all creating a stunning atmosphere and feeling.
‘Da Doo Da Dah’ hits us next, and once again Tyas flexes his diverse musical muscles, delivering some bouncing, deep and dirty techno sounds, combined with some hard hitting/rolling basslines and stomping/aggressive synths, chords and trance elements. Really cool the way Sean here ‘plays’ you around with a broad variety of sounds and effects. We’re then hit by another beautiful vocal productions, when ‘Start Over’ sets in afterwards, featuring Izzy Zanotta on vocals. A soft, beautiful and touching production, where synths and melodies really builds an intense and strong atmosphere, and on top of that, Sean also, again, works in a few and cool psy twist, and loads of his trademark stomping trance elements as well, making this a truly strong and banging production, with a strong and solid vocal/lyric performance too!
We continue the magnificent journey down/into the Tyas rabbit hole and go all ‘Hive (A)’ next, where Sean takes us deep and dark into a drilling and driving psy/trance journey, and he hits all the right boxes with some really driving and cool/rolling synths compositions, creating and intense and warm atmosphere here, while the energy level is held up high with some energetic and slamming basslines/chords. Then we ‘Reach Out’, and is meet by a stomping and banging bassline, taking you up and onwards from first listen, and Sean treats us here with a strong and solid uplifting trance track, creating warm atmospheres and feelings a long with the blasting and rolling synths, that is presented to you here.
Then it’s time for ‘Ambush’, and what an attack and ambush this is! Rolling, driving and dark/techy beats and notes, that gives the track a cool, intense and thrilling atmosphere, while Sean also throws in some more techno sounding notes, building the track up and into a really superb and overwhelming drop/break, before it again rolls on and upwards with its tech trance/techno beats. An absolutely mind blowing track in my opinion!
Taking us in towards the last part of the album, we find our self ‘Way Down In Mexico’, and with a company like this album, it’s a real pleasure and treat! Again Sean shows us he’s solid and spellbinding trance sounds and synths, creating and building up a strong and intense atmosphere and feeling for you and the ear/body, taking you around in this driving and banging trance tune, shaking and breaking it up with convincing effects. After this beautiful tune, Sean then again turns it all upside down, and throws in the tripping, clashing and flouncing track ‘Kontrast’. Which is, of course, filled with musical contrast and diverse sounds/chords/beats etc. And here you’ll find him mixing up a palette of break beat, drum ‘n’ bass, electro, dubstep and extremely hard hitting synths, this is a totally chaos, but there’s order in it, and it is kept in great order by Tyas.
Closing it all up and taking you all the way to a grand finale, we find ‘Full Stop’, which takes you in on some chilling and blissful soundscapes, creating and giving you that cool, relaxing atmosphere and depth, and close out the album in perfect style. You are now completely degenerated!
Disc 2 The Remixes
On disc 2 it’s time for the remixes takeover! On this you’ll get the full length versions of the remixes of the originals, delivered by the likes of Future Disciple, Alex Di Stefano, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Eddie Bitar, Dualitic, John Askew and Harmonic Rush. All the way through you’ll get one gorgeous remix after another, all of them battling to get your attention, and I must say they all do! Each remixer has created some outstanding interpretations of the original track, whether you’re into some pumping trance, deep progressive, pounding techno beats or energy filled, uplifting/melodic trance. It’s all here and every single remix is so pure and really strong, taken the album another step further and upwards, into the ‘hall of fame’ for albums if you ask me. Period!
05. Something In The Way (with Fisher) (Original Mix)
07. Da Doo Da Dah (Original Mix)
08. Start Over (featuring Cindy Zanotta)
09. Hive [A]
10. Reach Out
12. Way Down In Mexico
14. Full Stop
15. Degeneration (Continuous Mix)
01. Vagabond (Future Disciple Remix)
02. 9am (Dualitic Remix)
03. Unleash (Alex Di Stefano Remix)
04. Reach Out (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix Edit)
05. Swarm (Eshericks Remix)
06. Ambush (Reaky Remix)
07. Hive (Eddie Bitar Remix)
08. Da Doo Da Dah (John Askew Remix)
09. Now You See (Darren Porter Remix)
10. Way Down In Mexico (Harmonic Rush Remix)
11. Diffuse (Des McMahon Remix)
12. Kontrast (Roger Wilco Remix)
Oh my, Sean really delivers his debut album with a boom, and huge/deep respect, and effect! You can truly feel how personal every track is, and the way they’re crafted and delivered are just stunning! As Sean himself states in the album booklet ‘this album is for the generation of Degenerates out there who refuse to conform. The ‘Degeneration’. And you couldn’t agree more, after you’ve listened to this. Sean refuses to conform, and so will you after you have been Degenerated by this ‘Degeneration’! They say the devil is in the details, well prepare yourself – to dance with him – all night long.