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Matthew Styles
Metro EP
Ostgut Ton
Catalogue Number
O-Ton 098
Release Date
September 2, 2016


Ten years into his career and with 12 releases racked up, Matthew Styles proves it's not about quantity but quality. Metro EP goes a long way to prove this with cascading synth structures and sleek drum programming on the 12"s biggest tune, Metro. Elsewhere dub techno and more ambient sounds float to the top. Solid 12" of Panorama Bar related goodness.

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, accounting for his consistent productional finesse, especially with his original track “Liquid Sky” (on Nick Höppner's Panorama Bar 04, 2012) and his 'Dub Mix' of Dinky's “Planes” (on Ostgut Ton | Zehn, 2015).

“I’ve never worked on a sequential set of songs that came out on the same record,” Matthew commented on this 12“. As with his productional approach in general, the Metro EP has a certain timelessness: “One piece is from 8 years ago, one from 3 years ago and another from around the time of the recent birth of my second son. I’ll leave it up to the listener to guess which is which.”

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.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Metro 6:52 Buy
  2. 2 Wave 6 2:38 Buy
  3. 3 Borders 6:59 Buy

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