Ben Watt’s Romany & Tom

I reviewed a book by the musician Ben Watt about his parents for Paste. See the review here. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of the house remixes that Watt did in the early ’00s after the breakup of his group, Everything but the Girl. Check out what he does with Sade:

Ultimate Dance Party Revisited

I wrote a piece about the increasing number of artists making music that sounds like it could have appeared on the ’90s Ultimate Dance Party compilations. Right now, most of these acts are from abroad–Kiesza, Duke Dumont, Gorgon City–but soon Americans will get on board. Check out Kiesza’s “Hideaway,” below, and also the song “Show Me Love,” from 1993, which provides the kind of template a lot of the new stuff is building on.

 

Ben Watt, Master of Reinvention

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I wrote about the new album from Ben Watt–and interviewed him a little bit–for Diffuser. See the piece here. Watt started out playing acoustic pop, then spent twentyish years as one half of Everything but the Girl, and has continued to successfully reinvent himself after that. His website is a lot of fun. Below, a track from Watt’s first solo release back in 1983.

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