“Gradually” is the first song taken off Ben Watt’s upcoming solo album Fever Dream – the follow-up to 2014’s Hendra – which will be out on April 8 on Watt’s own label Unmade Road. “Gradually” has a ragged rock tone to it, quite a departure from the artist’s previous electronic endeavours or his sound with Everything But The Girl.
The song is “about what can happen to a long ongoing relationship over time; the gradual shifting sands; how love mutates, changes speed; how interior worlds can be obstructive,” Watt explains. “Gradually” comes with a video shot on the backstreets of Hackney and Islington by new young Welsh director, John Jeanes.
The Ben Watt Band feat. Bernard Butler will be on tour from April. For more info, check out his site or Facebook. Buy on
In the summer of 2010, The xx asked Tracey Thorn to record a track from the The xx’s debut album for a special compilation of covers of the album’s songs by their favourite artists. Unfortunately the project fell apart a few months later for numerous logistical reasons but not before Tracey had sung a new version of one the album most beautiful tracks, “Night Time”.
The track gathered dust for a few months but it is rightfully seeing the light of day on a new EP from Tracey Thorn called the Night Time EP, released on Strange Feeling on October 31, much to the delight of all concerned. This beautiful rendition features musical partner and husband Ben Watt guesting on guitars and backing vocals (it is the first time the two have played together on a recording for over ten years) with the drums, programming and mix coming courtesy of Tracey’s current production collaborator Ewan Pearson (producer of both Tracey’s recent acclaimed album Love And Its Opposite and 2007’s Out Of The Woods).
Icing on the cake, this new EP includes remixes of one of Love And Its Opposite‘s most popular tracks “Swimming”. The first reinterpretation is Ewan Pearson’s buffed up re-edit of last year’s remix by dance producers-du-jour, Visionquest. Meanwhile, UK underground house legend Charles Webster has produced not one, but two versions of “Swimming”: a beautifully percussive main mix and a rainy, autumnal dub.
Buy the Limited Edition 12″ translucent blue vinyl, signed by Tracey, on Buzzin Fly’s online store or download the MP3 on
Ben Watt is a British musician, DJ, producer and label owner, best known internationally as one half of 80s cult band Everything But The Girl. Based in North London, he lives with his spouse and creative partner Tracey Thorn, the other half of EBTG.
In 2003 Watt launched his own independent record label, Buzzin’ Fly, considered by most as a leading-edge imprint in the world of deep House and Techno. Home to Watt’s own club productions, the label released the single “Guinea Pig” a few months ago and the subsequent remixes (M.A.N.D.Y & Smallboy, DJ Koze). Check out the vocal edit below…
Ben Watt also regularly spins records in some of the best clubs around the world. In the next couple of months you’ll be able to see him live if you are anywhere near Helsinki, Chicago, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Rome, Lausanne or Prague.
For complete tour schedule, head over to MySpace. If you want to buy Watt’s latest single “Guinea Pig”, it is already available on
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