A true unsung heroes of the underground house community, Matthew Styles is an effortless producer and faultless DJ, making him the perfect regular at the likes of Panorama Bar in Berlin, and putting his skills as an engineer in demand for many luminaries.
A decade ago he was at the healm of Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels as its first label manager, steering it through some of its most successful releases, and he has since made his footprint as a producer in his own right. Last year he steered the fourth episode of Crosstown Rebels Rebel Rave mix series, said by Mixmag to "create a sense of excitement that no podcast ever will".
"I've got a very long history with Crosstown Rebels, but I'd never given Damian a demo up until now" explains Styles. "However I felt that with these songs they were right for the label and I was very happy that he agreed. Each track represents a different mood but I think all fit with the label's ethos". Moving from the solid, big room sound of 'Clandestine Emotions', into the layered beats and bleeps of 'Wrong Move', through to the classic breakbeat of 'Avon' and gentle elegant basslines of 'Sleepless', Matthew Styles proves he can master any style and keep his authentic sound embedded within it.
Firmly schooled in the history of dance music as a DJ, Styles's father was a disc-jockey and long time member of DJ culture pioneers DMC, instilling in him the age-old tradition of moving a crowd with music. From a recording career on esteemed imprints such as Running Back, Ostgut Ton and Rekids, and regular appearances at clubs such as Fabric,, Munich's Bob Beaman, Concrete in Paris and the aforementioned Panorama Bar, Matthew's priority has been intrinsically placed with servicing the needs of a dance floor.
1. Clandestine Emotions
2. Wrong Move