I would like to thank Carbonio Editore who published my memoir, Patient in Italian translation this year. It also got a small book award nomination in Italy over the summer too. Thanks, everyone. It joins earlier Swedish and Spanish translations.
News — In Full
My label Buzzin' Fly was lucky enough to acquire the rights to the lion's share of the Everything But The Girl back catalogue from Warner Music recently. It means a new era. Although no new album or tour is planned, we have overhauled the website and made a vast amount of music available online. There are also new photos in high resolution for download, and a new video channel for music videos and live performances. Take a look.
This month we have relaunched the Buzzin' Fly website, which has been dormant for over a year. I just felt I owed it to the label to give it a proper home; I know there is still a lot of love out there for it. Apart from a state-of-the-art web design, we have also added a few special touches, for example the new Mixes page, where we are going to upload some vintage DJ sets from the label's heyday. The catalogue is also in full effect, and you can access tracks on various platforms. We have also written an in-depth history. I've even put together a Spotify playlist of the best-sellers and most enduring tracks.
Step back and enjoy what was a wonderful few years. Oh, and there are also pages for sister label, Strange Feeling and my current project, Unmade Road.
On Friday September 29, Ben and Tracey will be in conversation with poet Simon Armitage about their songs and books and their time in Hull where they formed Everything But The Girl in 1982. The event is part of Hull 2017, a year-long celebration of the city's culture, and takes place at the Central Library at 6pm. Tickets are free.
Begun in 2014, SpinCycle - the regularly-updated Spotify playlist of my current listening - now stands at almost 500 songs. Packed with multi-genre gems (new, old and obscure) it has quietly attracted a following of over 5,000 dedicated listeners.
I wanted to create the perfect shuffle playlist, one where you never wanted to skip a track. I genuinely love everything on there. It’s what I listen to all the time and totally reflects my taste. I have listened to music passionately since the early seventies when I was a kid with a transistor radio, a jazz musician for a father and four older siblings with divergent record collections. When I was young I could hear Roland Kirk, Roy Harper and Roberta Flack all coming out of different rooms at the same time.
My time as a deep house DJ in the 2000s played to my love of crate-digging and the pleasure of the unexpected find, but in some ways it was very narrow and genre-specific. With my return to singer-songwriting and SpinCycle I guess I have gone back to the wider influences of my youth.
Hit the play button and have fun.