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Rocking clubs and parties for over a decade now, The Freestylers are still one of the most exciting names in dance music. They've had Top 20 chart hits, headlined big festivals, sold half a million albums, toured the US supporting Lenny Kravitz, and were the first electronic act to play fully live on legendary BBC TV show Top Of The Pops.
Aston Harvey and Matt Cantor were both making different styles of music when they first met in London in the mid-90s. Uber-engineer Aston had been half of pioneering breakbeat hardcore act Blapps Posse, getting busy with cuts like 'Buss' It' and 'Don't Hold Back' before going on to work with Definition Of Sound, Rebel MC and DJ Rap. Matt Cantor, meanwhile, was recording with Andy Gardner from the Plump DJs as Cut 'N' Paste and Strike for the fledgling Freskanova label.
Discovering a mutual love of hip-hop and electro, Matt and Aston started making tracks together. The first record they sampled was old skool electro classic 'Don't Stop The Rock' by Freestyle Express, and the resulting track 'Drop The Boom' on Scratch City Records launched them as The Freestylers - the non-genre-specific name with hip-hop connotations fitted them like a glove.
The guys began making tracks that mashed up hip-hop, ska, rave, breakbeat and, in the case of their third single 'Warning' - featuring MC Navigator from jungle pirate station Kool FM - indie-rock guitar. It was really their first two top 20 busting proper release's 'Ruffneck' (also fuelled by Navigator's rolling rhymes) and 'B-Boy Stance' (featuring dubwise junglist MC Tenor Fly, who - like Aston - also used to work with Rebel MC) that truly sent them supernova.
Currently working on their fifth album which by all accounts is shaping up to be their strongest yet, The Freestylers juggernaut is going to continue to rock - hard - for some considerable time to come.