Chances are you've already danced to one of his sets at Panorama Bar – Matthew Styles has been a regular guest DJ at the club for several years –, but you've probably also come across at least one record with music that went through the Englishman's meticulous hands. While Matthew has released great but small numbers of 12"es on various labels since 2007, his credits in mixing, engineering and mastering exceed his solo discography by far.
With the Metro EP we're finally offering a full solo release by Matthew Styles on Ostgut Ton
The eponymous “Metro” on A is an elated seven-minute, trippy, meandering analogue synth exploration in House and Cosmic Disco. “Wave 6” opens the flipside with a simple yet beguiling melody: 6 notes dancing completely beatless in 5/4 time, meandering repetitively and escalating towards a blissful – yet only anticipated – climax. “Border” on B2 is a solid addition to the long history of Dub Techno – smooth, steady, super layed back, but also offering many colorful melodic elements.
'World Of The Wakening State' is an enchanting listening experience. How the driving beats create a listening experience with the often dreamy and sometimes almost hushed up soundscapes, has something very special. A wonderfully weird journey through whatever and for sure your own brain, for which you should be in the mood, but which is always worthwhile. Not to forget the fantastic cover art. pocket*galaxy
The Chicago wunderkind's debut album is half lo-fi hip-hop pianos and breakneck drumming, half polished pop songs full of orchestral arrangements and whimsical but melancholic melodies. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 23, 2020