Radio Slave Biographie

No matter what sounds you profess to be your music of choice, chances are,
that at some point over the last five years, you will have got your rocks
off to Matt Edwards.

As Matthew E he fashions club-based, dancefloor slayers. Under that aegis
he's updated the classic Chi-town, jackin' sound beloved of house
aficionados and layered it with fractured funk, belligerent, oddball beats
and mechanical soul.

If Matthew E is all about the Saturday Night Fever, then, by contrast,
Rekid is the slower, more deliberate, rhythmical funk of the mid-week
mayhem. Its well-intentioned muscular intensity making it perfect soulful
sustenance.

Quiet Village is something else all together. A collaboration with long-
time musical sparring partner Joel Martin (a vinyl freak, like Mr Edwards,
who works in esteemed auction house Christie's pop department), it's sample-
based music which veers from drawn out disco-not-disco delirium to
evocative, under-stated soundscapes.

Sea Devils - you keeping up at the back? - is undeniable electronic pop
brilliance. Working with Tom from Cagedbaby, it's the least niche of Matt's
projects and thanks to Sea Devils alluring pop dance grooves they'll no
doubt be shagging the upper reaches of the hit parade sometime soon.

Last, but by no means least etc, etc, etc, is Radio Slave. Perhaps Matt's
most instantly recognisable nom de guerre, thanks in part to his
inspirational melding of Kylie's Can't Get You Out Of My Head to New
Order's Blue Monday, this is Matt's DJ moniker and the guise under which he
completes his incendiary remixes and re-edits.

However, before such sonic schizophrenia gets you calling for the men in
white coats, just feel the quality and consider Matt's legacy. Fired by the
first wave of acid house, Matt gained his musical spurs by partying to
dance music that was just that: music you danced to, irrespective of tribal
factions.

This was the raison d'être he acknowledged when he took to the decks, first
at London's legendary Milk Bar in 1992, then onto the, then, recently
opened Ministry Of Sound and then to parties across the country, most
notably in Wales - where he was a regular at free parties - and in
Brighton, his home since 1998.

His love of re-edits, dance music's oft-forgotten backbone, led Matt into
the studio himself. His own re-edits and remixes, such as the
aforementioned epoch-defining re-imagining for Ms Minogue, soon gave way to
his own productions and since the floodgates opened there's been no
stopping the man known as, erm, Matthew E, Quiet Village, Sea Devils, Rekid
and Radio Slave.

He's released records for Skint, Soul Jazz, Classic, Whatever We Want, and
he's worked with fellow travellers, Belgium's The Glimmers. If Matt comes
up with another two projects he'll have enough alter egos for every day of
the week.

Psychologists would probably have a field day with him; mercifully, we
don't have to worry about any crisis of identity, we just get to keep on
dancing.