Phlash // House Phillerz EP Vol 2 [Archive]
With the fascination for Golden-era NYC house sounds gathering momentum with each passing week, legendary London producer and DJ, Phil Asher, shows how it was done back in the day with a brace of cuts that separate the men from the boys. ‘Deep Beat’ klonks along with all the swagger of a track that would have rocked the Sound Factory Bar in days of yore and will fit right in during a long night at Panorama bar, while “All I Want” combines swinging beats, simple keys and a jazz inflected bassline with a slither of Xavier Gold’s plaintive vocal from Ralphie Rosario’s Hot Mix 5 classic ‘You Used To Hold Me’ for a lesson in the joy of syncopation.
Lead cut ‘Vaporize’ is a controlled, acidic work out that passes the litmus test with ease. Taking all its cues from the Windy City, ‘Vaporize’ just screams: smoke, sweat and strobes when you hear the punishing kick, crashing hi-hats, and de-tuned vocal that mutters something unintelligible but, no doubt, very H.O.U.S.E as the acid line simmers with the all the precision of a Walter White lab experiment.
At the start of this review I alluded to separating the men from the boys. This was a disservice. Phlash IS the man.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Gareth Sommerville