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Album Review

One of West London's leading proponents of the influential broken-beat movement, Phil Asher gets down to the business of delivering his first artist album for DJ Gilb'r's respected French imprint. With over 80 of his own productions already under his belt, Asher is no stranger to the studio, though this eclectic collection may still surprise those who have yet to visit his accomplished Friday night sessions at the Notting Hill Arts Club, which are as likely to include Icelandic free jazz as they are Chicago house or Northern soul. This body of work reflects these famously broad DJ sets in North London, as well as the long-running R-Solution radio show with 4hero and Kirk DeGiorgio, shifting from the jittery keys and shuffling beats of "Bamba" to the sweaty African jazz of his collaboration with Kaidi Tatham and the low-slung house of "Marvin Is One." With all this shape shifting taking place in just the first ten minutes, Sweet and Sour couldn't have been more of an apt title, with Asher's multiple flavors sure to satisfy listeners of all persuasions.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Focus was a project headed by respected house and broken beat producer/DJ Phil Asher. Signed to DJ Gilb'r's Paris-based Versatile imprint, Focus released a pair of singles (including the excellent "Having Your Fun," which swiped the piano lick from Fonda Rae's "Over Like a Fat Rat") and an album by the end of 2002. Including contributions from Kaidi Tatham (Agent K, Neon Phusion, Bugz in the Attic), Sweet and Sour received mostly positive press for its diverse collection of productions; it was definitely...
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