A stalwart of the soulful house scene, Asher also helped shape the sound of broken beat
UK house and broken beat legend Phil Asher passed away yesterday at the age of just 50, having suffered a heart attack in his sleep.
Phil Asher began his DJing career in 1991, standing in for Noel Watson at London's legendary Delirium having started out practising at home with records “borrowed” from his Dad's record shop, Harlequin Records. By 1992, his first productions (as Demonstration) had hit record shop shelves, and by the middle of the decade he had become highly respected for his soulful, jazzy house productions under various aliases.
He would go on to become closely associated with the Slip N' Slide and Chillifunk labels – curating several editions of the former's Jazz In The House and Soul In The House compilation series – as well as being the driving force behind Restless Soul, an artist/production co-operative and associated record label he set up alongside Luke McCarty and assorted other friends.
As the new millennium dawned, Asher was one of the core group of West London-based producers who helped to define the style that became known as broken beat, alongside the likes of Dego and IG Culture, with whom he set up the seminal club night Co-Op.
Over the course of his career, Asher also worked behind the counter of London record stores Quaff and Vinyl Solution, at different times, and co-hosted the Kiss FM radio show R Solution (alongside 4hero and Kirk DeGiorgio).
The news of Asher's death broke yesterday and artists from DJ Disciple to Jumpin' Jack Frost have been paying tribute on social media today.
RIP a true bastion of the UK dance music community.