Back to Mine

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The pairing of British dance-pop outfit Everything but the Girl with the after-hours mix-CD series Back to Mine -- which has already produced seamless chill-out mixes from Faithless, Groove Armada, and Danny Tenaglia -- is both smart and beautifully fruitful. Back to Mine aims to reveal the personal and eclectic side of DJs and dance music creators, and with their installment, club denizens Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn treat listeners to a down-tempo session that fuses low-key hip-hop, willowy pop, and spacious house, with the edges between the tracks and genres happily blurred. The duo establishes the mood with DJ Cam's laid-back, piano-laced and sax-gilded grooves on ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The pairing of British dance-pop outfit Everything but the Girl with the after-hours mix-CD series Back to Mine -- which has already produced seamless chill-out mixes from Faithless, Groove Armada, and Danny Tenaglia -- is both smart and beautifully fruitful. Back to Mine aims to reveal the personal and eclectic side of DJs and dance music creators, and with their installment, club denizens Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn treat listeners to a down-tempo session that fuses low-key hip-hop, willowy pop, and spacious house, with the edges between the tracks and genres happily blurred. The duo establishes the mood with DJ Cam's laid-back, piano-laced and sax-gilded grooves on the instrumental "Friends and Enemies," which eventually cedes to Slick Rick's "All Alone No One to Be With," which, though it features the MC's smooth flow, isn't much of a pulse-quickener. In fact, from the Roots' slinky "Silent Treatment" to the more up-tempo strains of the Ananda Project's deep house anthem "Cascades of Colour Wamdue Black Mix" and the spacious, beat-filled house of Dubtribe Sound System's "Do It Now," this set is more conducive to cushy armchairs than speeding treadmills. Thorn's moody crooning is notably absent here, but tasteful vocals are not. Filling the gap are the equally lovely Mary Margaret O'Hara the heart-wrenching ballad "To Cry About", the spirit-lifting soul of Donny Hathaway "Someday We'll All Be Free", and Beth Orton, whose "Stars All Seem to Weep" was produced by Watt and reflects his ear for marrying folksy vocals to contemporary club beats. This 70-minute set offers an insight into EBTG's post-club listening habits as well as their musical inspiration -- and it's a lush listen to boot.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Longtime music connoisseurs and taste-makers Everything but the Girl aka Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn were naturals to take over the stereo for a volume in the chillout mix series Back to Mine and, as could be expected, the mix is tasteful, wide-ranging, and above all, astonishingly well-paced. Beginning with a down-tempo hip-hop cut by French DJ Cam and moving into Slick Rick's excellent message track "All Alone No One to Be With," Back to Mine moves from jazzy rap and trip-hop into moody techno and deep house, with vocal tracks -- everyone from Beth Orton to Mary Margaret O'Hara to Donny Hathaway -- mixing very well with the instrumentals. Also appearing are two tracks by Detroit techno legends: a mix of "The Flow" by Juan Atkins' Model 500 and "A Wonderful Life" from Carl Craig's Landcruising LP of 1995. Back to Mine is an excellent addition to the scads of mix albums on the shelves, as conscious of perfect transitions and solid mixing as any out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2001
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • UPC: 617465108228
  • Catalog Number: 1082
  • Sales rank: 70,571

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Everything But the Girl Primary Artist
Slick Rick Track Performer
Donny Hathaway Track Performer
Beth Orton Track Performer
Model 500 Track Performer
DJ Cam Track Performer
Dubtribe Sound System Track Performer
Deadly Avenger Track Performer
The Ananda Project Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tracey Thorn Liner Notes
Juan Atkins Remixing
Michael Brook Producer
M. Jones Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Yianni Papadopoulos Engineer
Ben Watt Producer, Liner Notes
Vance Wright Producer
Carl Craig Producer
Mary Margaret O'Hara Producer
Eddie Howard Jr. Composer
J. Saul Kane Executive Producer
Chris Brann Composer, Producer
Damon Baxter Producer
Gaelle Adisson Composer
Moonbeam Jones Composer
Sunshine Jones Composer
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