Veteran English electronic-pop duo Everything But the Girl are making it personal over the next few months.
With their contribution to the intimate Back to Mine series of post-party mix CDs due May 29 and a third batch of North American DJ dates for Lazy Dog, the side project of the duo's Ben Watt and fellow Londoner Jay Hannan, EBTG are back in the (deep) house.
The 12-song Back to Mine collection, mixed by Watt, is the sixth in a series that has also featured Groove Armada, Faithless and Danny Tenaglia. The disc rolls smoothly through cuts selected by Watt and EBTG singer Tracey Thorn to invoke relaxation through sensual grooves of many styles.
Easing from heady instrumental hip-hop by French producer DJ Cam ("Friends and Enemies") through a mellow Watt house remix of Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem to Weep" and a gorgeous Ananda Project (a.k.a. Chris Brann) cut, "Cascades of Colour," and on to Carl Craig's "A Wonderful Life" and the sublime Roots song "Silent Treatment," the mix is all about getting down on the couch.
Back to Mine is Everything But the Girl's first release since 1999's Temperamental.
In support of Lazy Dog's self-titled October double-disc peek at the vibe inside Watt and Hannan's popular London club night, which celebrates its third anniversary April 15 at London's the End, the duo have already ventured across the Atlantic twice to spin for packed North American club crowds. Eight more dates are scheduled for May, including gigs in Milwaukee, Ottawa and Vancouver, British Columbia.
A remix of EBTG's "Wrong," from 1996's Walking Wounded, has become a smash club hit since it emerged as an anthem last year at Lazy Dog nights. Demand for the track, titled "Tracey in My Room" because it blends Soul Vision's "Come Into My Room" with the original, brought about its commercial release as a single in January.
However, another Watt production, his remix of Sade's "By Your Side," will not see a proper release, despite its acclaim and club-chart success in the United States and Britain through DJ promo copies. The mix was officially commissioned by the singer, but no reason was given for the decision not to release it.
Lazy Dog DJ tour dates, according to their publicist:
- 5/2 - Seattle, WA @ Nation
- 5/3 - Vancouver, BC @ Sonar
- 5/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fais Do Do Ballroom
- 5/5 - Chicago, IL @ Smartbar
- 5/6 - Milwaukee, WI @ Hi Hat
- 5/8 - New York, NY @ Shine
- 5/9 - Ottawa, ON @ Mercury Lounge
- 5/10 - Toronto, ON @ Roxy Blue