With a discography stretching back twenty years or so under a number of names, Phil Asher is one of UK house’s elder statesmen and a producer with a global reputation. Here he lays down two typically classy pieces of organically-cultivated future funk in the shape of ‘Time & Space’ and ‘Trampoline’, and gives collaborator James Massiah more room to air his tonsils on the reprise mix of the title track.
‘Time & Space’ has a groove to die for which, coupled with Massiah’s spoken word and an electronic synthetic squelch, propels it effortlessly and makes it a very adaptable track indeed. This could be played at any point in a set to great effect.
‘Trampoline’ is more minimal and strips things back to primitive fundamentals; a linear rattle stabilized by an off-beat around which all sorts of percussive malarkey goes on. ‘DX Time & Space (Reprise Mix)’ brings James Massiah’s poetry to the fore, and does it very well indeed. The instrumental backing is neutered and there is a sense of it petering out, but this feels appropriate within the grand scheme of things.
All in all a varied trio of tracks which involve a range of sonic textures and patterns, and ably demonstrate Asher’s versatility, as well as bring the talents of James Massiah to a wider audience.