Phil Asher (Restless Soul/Focus) is back and this time he has some rather talented his friends in tow (OmMas, Alma Horton, Rich Medina, Dego from 4 Hero and more)!! A fantastic album of soul/house/future business from this now veteran UK producer..It may have all come about by accident but the fact remains that Phil Asher is one of London’s undisputed underground House music producers and is nothing short of a legend. Far from being underrated this all round nice guy is considered amongst his peers around the world as one the UK’s best and proficient club DJ turned producers – anything musically he’s put his hand to has seen him receive nothing but accolades of applause. Having amassed a catalogue of hundreds of his own productions, along with clocking up a huge discography of remix and co productions, Phil’s life has never been anything but progressive since 1991, following his first public stint as a DJ at House night Delirium.
From then his name has become synonymous with established club nights such as the long running Inspiration Information which he co-hosts with Patrick Forge, to the Soul Heaven parties, the grand CO OP shindigs that were held at Plastic People, regular spots at the Southport Weekenders, to Italy’s Angels of Love plus other gigs throughout Europe, the US, Japan, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand all reinforcing his popularity and demand around the globe.
What makes Phil such an attraction behind the decks as well as in the studio is anyone’s guess but one thing’s for certain his distinct ability to move forward in producing quality dance music that has an edgier sound to it without cutting down on value or compromising each of the projects he’s working on clearly comes from a God-given gift within him nurtured in part from the influence of his father at a very young age.
Though Phil doesn’t see so much of what he does as hard arduous labour but more of a uniting love for an amalgamation of sounds – his attitude is just the same when he mixes up the vibe in his DJ sets at his Inspiration Information residency. Phil Asher has learnt to take on the glorious elements of all that is past musically and magnificently combine it with advance technology in musical production without having ever lost his soul, roots or vigour in being the man we know as Phlash.
Fast forwarding to 2008, Phil’s latest studio album Phlash & Friends ‘Deep Electronic Sound’ on Italy’s Archive records features a stellar line up of collaborators including Karizma, Dego (4 Hero), Zed Bias, Mark de Clive Lowe, Orin Walters (BITA), Zansika, Alma Horton and others. This brand new adventure that is an eclectic musical assortment has an all encompassing bpm range that sits between 118 and 126 – this prospective collection of dance gems undoubtedly promises to be right up there in stand out future classic albums.
We thought we’d allow Phil’s commentary to express and surmise what ‘Deep Electronic Sound’ is all about in his own words …
1. Deep Electronic Sound
Title Track, Self Explanatory. featuring Jan Kincaid from the brand new heavies on keys, On Bass & Drums PHLASH
2. Do it Up (feat. OmMas)
Co-produced with Benji B, feat Ommas from Sa-Ra on Vocals, Late night dirtyness for You & FRIENDS
3. Exaltation (feat. Sandra Nkake)
The Vocal written and performed by Sandra Nkake, Electric violin by Stella Page. aking you to new Heights. DEEP.
4. Look At What We Have Done (feat. Fyza)
Written and recorded in Manchester with Zed Bias, Fyza delivers a Political message beautifully with her Unique vocal style.
Dego & Phlash on deep bass research, Hauntingly powerfull. The message is in the Music.ELECTRONIC.
6. Minotaur (feat. Rich Medina)
Rich Medina Steps up to season the Minotaur, Listen Hard, before a computer does it for you.
7. Jungle Orchidz (feat. Alma Horton) Lady Alma delivers an Awesome vocal, whilst Afro0 & Phlash Soca in the background. Jungle not Jungle.
8. Runnin (feat. Shea Soul)
Street Siren Shea tell's it, Like only Shea can, Strong and Direct, MarK de Clive-Lowe on Bass & Keys, SOUND.
9. Time (feat. Shea Soul)
Once again Shea brings us a beautifull song and Performance, Bass by Phlash, Acoustic Piano by Mark de Clive-Lowe, beats by MPC.
10. Think About It (feat Zansika)
Zansika, what can we say about this Song, She has an amazing voice, its Outta sight, and OUT SOON.