Constantly learning and constantly growing, Sean Thompson aka ttwwrrss (pronounced “towers”) has developed his own brand of experimental/industrial hip-hop. And no, it’s not the kind of zany, experimental sound reminiscent of dropping a tuning fork in a deep, dark cave straight out of a sci-fi flick. This unassuming yet highly creative musician produces the type of beats that belong on the set of an action movie—more specifically, in a twisted world on the brink of armageddon.
With the release of his third self-titled album ttwwrrss_3, the young producer loses the synth-heavy, purely electronic sound he’s been known for and reaches for more organic, instrumental samples alongside his hard-hitting drum beats. A new sound, for sure, but you can still expect to catch his dark, melodramatic vibe through all the skin-crawling tension woven into his new tracks—and this young ‘un still remembers how to keep it real.
Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and raised in the post-industrial steeltown of Hamilton, Thompson has been loyal to his neighborhood club scene despite his 2015 college radio chart-topping success with his previous album, ttwwrrss_2. He pays tribute to his homegrown fans with tracks like the electronic/post-rock ballad “YHM” (the three-letter airport code for Hamilton).
But really, it’s the gritty, pounding rhythm and dark synth melody of tracks like “System Overload” that’ll get your heart pumping. The track pays homage to some of the unique sounds born out of the San Francisco Bay Area hip-hop movement (get hyphy, y’all). You’ll find yourself bouncin’ in the club as your ears try to keep up with this wunderkind’s scintillating play on different octaves.
“Had2Buy” stands out as the new party anthem—urgent, compulsive, and addictive, the Skrillex-influenced track uses EDM-style trap, rising buildup and drop synths to produce a mashup of different styles topped with a vocal sample that speaks out as a commentary on consumerism.
“What Is This Exactly?” is distinctly influenced by industrial rock while still using the artist’s signature trap drums and 808s. The track showcases a medley of distorted guitar sounds and synths inspired by Nine Inch Nails, which Thompson has frequently admitted as being a major inspiration in his musical career.
Simultaneously ominous and hypnotic, ttwwrrss_3 is bound to hit the sweet spot for old and new fans alike. The album features ttwwrrss’ now-familiar plays on timing and reverb, while simultaneously incorporating more complex chord progressions, less loop-driven and more theatrical orchestration, and a crisp, cleaned up drum sound compared to his previous records.
ttwwrrss_3 is out of this world, but it doesn’t require a spaceship to get there. Trust ttwwrrss to change your perception of experimental beats. You’ll be hooked at first kick.
Press Quotes & Reviews
Hence for tonight’s sake, if you would like to lose yourself in a virtual plaza, ttwwrrss (pronounced ‘towers’) has prepared the dark synthpop to put you in a check-mate. So close your eyes for a minute! Imagine you are walking the plaza granite having qualms about a way out of there. Out of a navy […]
Ttwwrrss (pronounced “towers”) is the alter-ego of Hamilton electronic musician Sean Thompson. This just being his second album (appropriately titled ttwwrrss_2), shows Thompson miles ahead of where many musicians would be at this stage in their careers. Thompson’s style is all over the map, gathering influences from harder electronic styles, hip-hop and glitch, but especially […]
Hamilton’s Sean Thompson is the real name of the electronic musician ttwwrrss (prounounced “towers”). His second album is a tense powerhouse of remarkably forward looking electronica. With so many modern electronic artists relying on cliche, tired breakbeats and beat dropping, Hamilton has weaved together a startlingly engaging mix of techno, dark ambience and industrial. Each […]
Cut From Steel has been glad to watch ttwwrrss grow and progress with his sound over the past two albums. We’ve had clubby, first album ttwwrrss, dark and industrial second album ttwwrrss, and now we have a polished 2016 ttwwrrss. It is exciting to see the production get stronger with each album. This album also […]
Sean Thompson (aka ttwwrrss) continues to impress with his urbane electronica. His experimental spirit runs free but the sound is very much of the streets of North America circa 2016. [Listen] ttwwrrss – Had2Buy
Considering that he’s all of 22 years old, it’s crazy that Sean Thompson (better known as ttwwrrss — pronounced “towers”) is already on his third album. What’s crazier is that, with each subsequent release, the Hamilton producer keeps unleashing a genre-blending maelstrom of manic, sinister beats that gets nastier and more devastating each time. The […]