With the release of her new solo album due to be announced soon, Tracey has put together a list of her favourite songs of the year in a Spotify playlist. She says of them: “Exciting, inspiring and moving, they’ve kept me company, got me on my feet and had me singing my heart out.” (Photo: Tracey DJing at Cherry Jam in 2004)
Ben Watt’s Top 50 Songs of 2017
Anyone familiar with Ben’s never-ending SpinCycle playlist on Spotify – where he regularly adds stuff he’s into – or his history as a DJ and radio broadcaster, will know he likes nothing more than unearthing inspiring music, new and old, in many genres. He has just shared his Top 50 Songs of 2017. Catch up on the best of the past twelve months. (Photo: Metro, Chicago, 1996)
Tracey wins Artists’ Artist Award at Artist and Manager Awards 2017
Tracey was honoured with the Artists’ Artist Award last night at Artist and Manager Awards 2017 in a ceremony at the Printworks in London. The award was chosen by the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) and recognises the long-term creative and innovative musical output of an individual or group. Previous winners including Joan Armatrading, Placebo and Massive Attack. She was presented with the award by singer Sandie Shaw and arts editor of the New Statesman, Kate Mossman.
Tracey has been recognised for her work in the Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, her continuing solo career, her many collaborations with artists including The Style Council, Massive Attack and John Grant, and her work as a writer of two acclaimed memoirs and contemporary journalism for the New Statesman magazine.
‘I am so flattered to be given this award,’ said Tracey. ‘I haven’t won anything since 1984, when City Limits magazine gave me a small garden gnome for being the Best Female Singer. So this is a sharp thrill indeed, and I thank everyone involved.’
Ben and Tracey talk songs, books and EBTG as part of Hull 2017
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 Jubilee Church at 6pm. Tickets are free. Book here.
New era as Everything But The Girl’s Warner catalogue moves to Buzzin’ Fly Records and Chrysalis
We’re excited to announce that Ben’s independent label, Buzzin’ Fly Records, has taken over ownership of the first eight Everything But The Girl albums and associated B-sides and rarities covering the years 1984-1995. The catalogue – from Eden to Amplified Heart – had previously been controlled by Warner Music. Buzzin’ Fly has immediately partnered with the newly-launched independent label, Chrysalis Records to help in the catalogue’s future. While no new Everything But The Girl recordings are planned, it is hoped the new deal will help shine a light on eleven years of work Ben and Tracey are still very proud of. The first job will be to service all the major streaming services with the recent deluxe album re-issues released on CD in the final years of Warner ownership.