Matthew Styles isn’t very good at social media. He doesn’t post funny pictures or say really clever things about politics. There’s not even a single cat video. Instead he makes music (Ostgut Ton, Running Back, Crosstown Rebels), mixes and masters music for many of the best in the game, manages a record label (Running Back) and concentrates on maintaing his reputation as one of the most refined DJs in the business. Matthew Styles is good at music.
A linchpin in the turn-of-the-century London scene, Styles helped shape the city’s electronic landscape indelibly through his years as managerial man-behind-the-curtain at Damian Lazarus’ climate-changing Crosstown Rebels label, as well as fronting the essential Sunday afterhours iniquity that was Dig Your Own Rave at Shoreditch’s T Bar. Impressive but extracurricular; making music was always where the heart was.
His mature and timeless brand of house music - always simmering with latent soul - has long been sought after and signed by artists and labels of esteem and standing: Derrick Carter’s Classic, Sven Väth’s Cocoon, Radio Slave’s Rekids, Gerd Janson’s Running Back. Most recently the commanding Ostgut Ton have put pen to paper for the Englishman to join their august ranks. An expert studio engineer, his skills are in equal demand as a producer for others and have prompted leading publication Resident Advisor to cover him for their ‘Machine Love’ series; while the repeated and regular bookings at Berlin’s Panorama Bar speak to Styles’ reputation as a DJ.
Now entrusted by Janson with the running of his revered and influential label, the respect and admiration Styles commands from the industry he himself has done so much to enrich is more assured and evident than ever. You won’t hear him bragging about it on Facebook though.
Selected discography Matthew Styles
Sources (12") Horizontal 2008
We Said Nothing (12") Diamonds & Pearls Music 2008
Hot Beef (12') Rekids 2009
Sample & Hold EP (12") Running Back 2011
Aji-no-moto (12") Running Back 2012
Out All Night (12") Classic 2013
Sleepless (12") Crosstown Rebels 2016
Metro (12") Ostgut Ton 2016
Freaks - Notes From The Underground Part 1 (12") We Can Fix It ($10 Fix Mix) Music For Freaks 2004
Lil Mark Say You'll (Remixes) (12") Say You'll (Matthew Styles Remix Paranoid Music 2005
Lil Mark What? (12") What? (Matthew Styles RMX) Disco 45 2007
Los Vatos PartyGuilt (Matthew Styles Remix) Crosstown Rebels 2009
Dinky - Paquita (Matthew Styles Remix) Horizontal 2010
Bubba - Drugs Hugs & Thugs (Matthew Styles Remix) Extended Play 2010
Luc Ringeisen - Child Games (Matthew Styles Remix) Deep Sauben Noise 2010
Dirty Doering - I Would (Matthew Styles Remix) Bar 25 2010
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The Party (CD) Music For Freaks 2004
Get Lost (2xCD) Crosstown Rebels 2006
Tracks Appear On:
Get Lost 03 Mixed By Dinky (CD-ROM) Double Exposure CrossTown Rebels 2007
Jamie Jones (12") Panic EP Crosstown Rebels 2007
Andres Bucci (12" Avec Style Horizontal 2008