From broken beat to soulful house to soaring remixes, Phil Asher leaves a breathtaking legacy and a treasure trove of tracks to immerse ourselves in

Numerous friends and colleagues contacted us this morning with news that British producer Phil Asher had passed away

5 Mag was unable to officially confirm the information, but there were tons of memories from friends and colleagues who worked with Phil over the past 30 years, according to reports, Phil died in his sleep after a heart attack

Phil Asher was a giant in electronic music, although his music can probably be better understood in the context of soul music, at this point in time he’s best for a number of powerful and hugely popular remixes by artists from Roy Ayers to Todd Terry and Peven Everett in early to mid 20th Restless Soul, his co-production outfit with Luke McCarty, was one of the most famous remixers of those ten years between the late 1990s and early 2000s and was considered to be ” Key architect in bridging the gap between broken beat and house music ”

According to an interview with Shani Hebert of 5 Mag in September 2008, Phil was an apprentice in a garage in Wandsworth after graduating from high school, “After I passed my town and guild exams I became a UK dealer which meant I could go anywhere in the UK Could Repair Cars Six months later I’d quit this job and embarked on a music career It was 1988, the Sumer of Love and House Music in London. If I hadn’t been so stubborn, I’d probably be repairing vintage cars or running a café somewhere ”

Phil told us that his father had worked in a record store, and so did Phil. He “sneaked onto the decks” of London’s pioneering Delirium nightclub in 1991. It was around the time he went to the London record store in the early 1990s Vinyl Solution worked and met Luke McCarty in the store. They started working together in Luke’s loft in Richmond (“the same attic that Bugz got its name from in the attic,” he told us) and eventually came up with the name “Restless Soul” and an eponymous one Tag Phil Asher released music under a variety of aliases – Phlash, Phlash and Friends, Underground Enthusiasts (with Richard Cain), Electric Soul, 12 Bit Rephugeez (with frequent contributor Mark de Clive-Lowe) – but the Restless Soul moniker held on longest on In more than 15 years, Discogs (including 254 remixes) have accumulated a staggering 273 credits

And while his soaring vocal and deep house productions are still the best known, his gritty and dubby tracks as “Phlash” were among my personal favorites. Around 2009 or 2010 we got these records from a label in Italy with the unpronounceable title “Archive” (I didn’t know until recently that this label was actually founded by Volcov, who now runs Neroli Records and releases music as Isoul8) These Phlash records had that distorted hiss and wobble that I loved and that I did still pull out to play all the time

Between those restless soul tracks and other more house-oriented tracks he released, and the broken beat tracks he played on (which must have numbered in the hundreds), there is a huge amount of music left for us to comb through Ultimately, Phil will be remembered as a major artist in deep house, soulful house, broken beat, downtempo, and just music in general

We wrote about this and other records at least 20 times, released 2 or 3 mixes and yet only one interview. I still remember planning it, which we did at the suggestion of Mark Grant – one of many Chicago producers who told us they value Phil’s music Like Mark, Phil was someone who was more comfortable working on music than talking about it, even though he was celebrated as a star in every record store that sold underground music His reputation for sick music was world-famous and incontestable

“I think my music or my last DJ set is my biography”, he told us “I know you think that this is a bit radical, lazy and definitely against advertising. I’ve always felt good, to be in the background and do my thing ”

[…] With the death of Phil Asher we looked around our archives and fished out the original Phlash and Friends 5 Magazine Mix that our old archive show on 14 It was first released on September 25, 2008 and whose metafile is original mp3 says it was released on September 25th, 2008 July 2008 recorded […]

[…] With the death of Phil Asher we looked around our archives and fished out the original Phlash and Friends 5 Magazine Mix that our old archive show on 14 It was first released on September 25, 2008 and whose metafile is original mp3 says it was released on September 25th, 2008 July 2008 recorded […]

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Phil Asher

World News – GB – Phil Asher, one of the greatest producers in the world, has died

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