Soulful house stars have been paying tribute on social media
Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, a man who did more than most to push garage and soulful house music in the UK, has passed away. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and the illness returned earlier this year after several years spent in remission.
Emerging out of the late 70s London club scene spinning disco, soul and rare groove, by the late 80s Anderson had become a regular at early raves such as Sunrise and Back To The Future. A lifelong champion of soulful US sounds, he was also a key scene player in those mid-90s years when the UK was developing a garage sound of its own. His long-running club night The Loft acquired legendary status, while in recent years a regular slot on DAB station Mi-Soul introduced him to a whole new audience.
Other important figures from the soulful house scene and beyond have been posting tributes on social media today. Fellow UK garage stalwart Grant Nelson said: "Back in the early 90s when the house scene could be quite snobby and elitist, Paul was always warm and welcoming to new producers on the scene, myself included, and like a true DJ he always supported music he was passionate about regardless of the name or the label."
Southport Weekender regular and former Soul Heaven resident Neil Pierce said: "RIP to a man I can honestly say I loved. Someone I called a friend, a mentor and an absolute legend. Paul, you will be missed more than you'll ever know."
Black Vinyl label boss Alan Russell said: "It was an honour to have worked with Paul at Kiss FM in the early 90s, and I will always remember those times with a huge smile. He gave me breaks as his warm-up guy at Trouble's House and various gigs, and I learnt a huge amount about music from him."
And D&B founding father Jumpin' Jack Frost said: "Rest in peace Paul Trouble Anderson. You was like a big brother and mentor to me. I'm absolutely devastated."