Everything But The Girl Chills Out
With 20 years' experience creating the kind of music that can chill a person to the point of inertia, Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn were obvious choices to assemble the sixth volWith 20 years' experience creating the kind of music that can chill a person to the point of inertia, Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn were obvious choices to assemble the sixth volume in the "Back To Mine" mood music compilation series. The album is due April 30 on DMC internationally and May 29 on Ultra in North America.
In the six years since Watt made his DJ debut at Mo' Wax founder James Lavelle's Dusted parties at London's now-defunct Blue Note club, he has cultivated a respectable career as a DJ, carving an enviable niche in the global dance market.
As it turns out, Watt was a supporter of the "Back To Mine" series before he and Thorn were asked to lend a hand. "I especially liked the Groove Armada set," he says. "I bought that one solely as a fan." But compiling the hour-long, mood-enhancing mix, which encompasses a variety of musical styles, proved problematic in the early stages.
Under the pressure of an impending U.S. DJ tour last fall, Watt managed to compile a short list of viable tracks with Thorn. Initially, there were the usual record-licensing headaches that compilations bring, compounded by the logistics of mixing together tracks with different tempos and in different keys.
"When you're shifting tempos, you really have to rely on tracks that blend well and are in similar keys," he says. "I wanted it to segue; I didn't want three seconds of silence between tracks like a rock album. I wanted to create one whole mood."
Highlights include the Ananda Project's "Cascades of Colour," Slick Rick's "All Alone (No One To Be With)," DJ Cam's "Friends and Enemies," Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem to Weep," and Model 500's "The Flow." The set closes with the teary-eyed, hopeful sentiments of Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free.""