Tony Tyson in a nutshell

 

Tony Tyson is a techno producer and DJ from The Netherlands. He has released tracks on several obscure techno labels that you've probably never heard of. Tyson currently lives in either Amsterdam, Aruba or some place in the UK.

As long as he can remember, Tyson has been obsessed by music. Born and bred in a quaint little Dutch village called Rotterdam, young Tony started his musical journey with piano lessons. Practicing however proved too much of an effort for the ungrateful little bastard. Still, he would later thank his parents for putting him through this hardship.

Right around the time when his voice broke, Tyson decided to pick up the electric guitar and play Nineties grunge songs (this occurred, unsurprisingly, during the Nineties). After mastering most of the chord progressions that Kurt Cobain had come up with during his short life, he took to producing music with a computer. 

Collaborating with similarly foul smelling high school youths, he produced tracks that are best described as the ugly bastard children of Massive Attack and the Fun Lovin' Criminals with some Wu Tang Clan vocals thrown in for good measure.

After composing several of these abominations and enduring multiple on stage embarrassments he quit music to pursue a professional degree. His years at university were spent mostly under the influence of alcohol although it has been said that he did manage to produce some music during this inebriated era.

After more than overstaying his welcome at university, Tyson eventually was forced to take a real job. However, the harsh reality of partaking in the rat race quickly hit home. In order to find some comfort for his soul he soon took up making music again. 

Having previously abused the genres of alternative rock and triphop, Tyson set his sights on electronic dance music, which he vaguely remembered enjoying whenever he found himself in a club. (Tyson is rumoured to sport several surprisingly supple dance moves despite looking like the archetypical "clumsy white male").

After briefly exploring the horrors that are electro house ("EDM"), dubstep and "deep" house, Tyson found a home in the lap of the mother of all electronic dance music: techno.

His particular brand of rudimentary, thumping beats, stoic synth warbles and mostly unintelligible vocal snippets is (among other things) influenced by acid, dub and deep techno. Although Tyson sometimes ventures outside this domain with more melodic and downtempo productions, his music remains firmly rooted in the techno ethos.

In 2019 Tyson continues on his journey to explore the possibilities of making music with electronic machines and find his own voice whilst (for better or for worse) bestowing his creations upon the world through his label Cortex Recordings.

 

Fallout EP

Following the success of his diverse debut album Fruitless Loops, Tony Tyson is back with Fallout; an uncompromising two tracker that refuses to stray from the straight and narrow techno path.

The title track is a furious acid workout with an industrial sounding kick drum, earth shaking sub bass and scorching 303 squelches.

The second track is by no means a B-side: a remix of Tyson's track Critical Mass by none other than Israel Toledo. His 'repaint' with its pulsating rhythm and carefully crafted tapestry of hectic sounds is an impressive re-imagination of Tyson's original.

Buy or stream ‘Fallout’ on Bandcamp

 
 
 

Fruitless Loops LP

Fruitless Loops is Tony Tyson's first ever full length album. Its ten tracks take the listener on a journey through all corners of Tyson's musical imagination.

As can be expected of Tyson, the album delivers several big, club ready techno cuts such as the ominous 'Ringu' and the intense 'Kernel Panic' whilst 'Disconnect' and 'Bazille' wander deep into acid territory. 'Now Defunct' sports an energetic mix of polyrhythmic beats and manic noises.

'To The Surface' on the other hand has a more melodic, introspective flavour. 'Good Mourning', a tribute to Tyson's deceased brother, further explores melancholic vibes. These two tracks form the bridge to a trio of downtempo, ambient inspired tracks; 'Geiger' which evokes visions of a post apocalyptic wasteland, 'Insomnia' which harks back to 70's and 80's electronica and mysterious closing track 'Arrival'.

Buy or stream ‘Fruitless Loops’ on Bandcamp

 
 
 

Critical Mass EP

July sees the release of ‘Critical Mass’, the next in Tony Tyson’s rapidly expanding series of releases on Cortex Recordings. The title track’s intense, dominant synth arpeggio provides subtle melodic variations throughout the track. This is supported by an uncompromising low end. ‘Ghost Machine’ features a hypnotic, decidedly digital sounding bass synth whilst ghostly bells, pads and hihats complete the picture.

Buy or stream ‘Critical Mass’ on Bandcamp

 
 
 

Strange Days EP

‘Strange Days’ is the tenth release on Cortex Recordings and the prolific Tony Tyson’s fourth EP for 2018. The title track is centered around an eerie meandering resonant lead synth, with an ominous bass drone and bell-like synth adding to the surreal atmosphere. ‘Black Days’ provides a more melancholic vibe with its Moog synth driven arpeggio and bass sounds.

Stream or buy ‘Strange Days’ on Bandcamp

 
 
 

DENSiTY EP

'Density' is the ninth release on Cortex Recordings and Tony Tyson's sixth on the imprint since its launch in October 2017. The title track is dominated by an intense, EBM inspired synth arpeggio that ebbs and flows throughout the track, providing powerful tension and release. 'Chemical Shift' is an energetic acid workout: a hypnotic bassline provides a solid foundation whilst classic 303 squelches take centre stage.

Stream or buy 'Density' on Bandcamp

 
 
 

Naraka EP

'Naraka' is Tony Tyson's second release this year on his label Cortex Recordings. The EP goes deeper underground where predecessor 'Anaesthesia' left off, with two pounding techno cuts. Title track 'Naraka' features a manic, acidic synth sequence over waves of reverberating percussion and ambient sounds to create an ominous atmosphere.'Samsara' elicits more ethereal vibes with its delicate pads and bell like sounds but a powerful kick and sub bass make sure that this track will not disappoint on the dancefloor.

Stream or buy 'Naraka' on Bandcamp

 
 
 

Anaesthesia EP

'Anaesthesia' is Tony Tyson's fourth release on his imprint Cortex Recordings. The EP features two straight, dancefloor oriented techno cuts that showcase his synth driven production style. 

Opener 'Neurasthenia' is dominated by a measured bass stab which is supported by restrained percussion elements. Title track 'Anaesthesia' brings a more uplifting vibe with resonant dub chords and a rolling bass line.

Stream or buy 'Anaesthesia' on Bandcamp

 
 
 

GRANULAR EP

'Granular' is Tony Tyson's third release on his imprint Cortex Recordings. Whereas predecessor 'Toro' featured a wide range of influences, 'Granular' has a more singular focus on darker moods and atmospheres.

The title track is squarely aimed at the dance floor with its hypnotic, evolving bass riff which meshes tightly with rhythmic noise and simple but effective drums. 'Cold Light' starts with a frantic pace and a biting acid bassline. Majestic synthesizer strings shine their cold light on the breakdown and combined with the other parts, they make for a dramatic final act. Closing track 'Wasteland' is a more experimental, lower paced cut with a cinematic atmosphere. An idiosyncratic kick drum rhythm and haunting drones provide the backdrop on which classic drum machine sounds take the lead.

Stream or buy 'Granular' on Bandcamp

 
 
 

TORO EP

‘Toro’ is Tony Tyson’s second release on Cortex Recordings. Featuring four diverse tracks, this EP showcases a wide range of influences and stylistic choices.

First up is ‘Tilt’, an old school inspired techno banger with bouncing drums and crisp synth stabs that is sure to get people moving. ‘Solstice’ combines dubby chords with a big vocal hook to create an uplifting atmosphere. ‘Mordfall’ is influenced by Teutonic techno vibes; a fast paced underground workout with haunting and menacing synths. Title track ‘Toro’ is an outing of Tyson’s more melodic side. The track takes the energy level down a notch but ups the emotional intensity to bring this EP to its climax.

Stream or buy 'Toro' on Bandcamp

 
 
 

SIX LAYERS EP

'Six Layers' is Tony Tyson's debut EP on his new imprint Cortex Recordings.

The EP kicks off with 'Desolate' which showcases Tyson's take on acid techno. An ominous acid bassline is accompanied by a floor shaking kick/sub bass combo and some retro hoover mayhem.Next up is 'All Your Base', a big room techno cut and a shout out to one of the oldest internet memes. The track is driven by a huge kick, a frantic lead synth and machine gun style percussion.The EP closes with title track with 'Six Layers', a more introspective track that marries a delicate synth arpeggio with classic dub chords and crisp sounding percussion.

Stream or buy 'Six Layers' on Bandcamp

 

 

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