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Back to Mine

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Everything But the Girl's contribution to the 'Back To Mine' series is a pure chill-out mix, perfect for late-night lounging. Low-key, atmospheric folk-pop by Beth Orton and Mary Margaret O'Hara bleeds into down-tempo electronica and hip-hop from DJ Cam, Model 500, and Dubtribe Sound System. As one might expect from the uber-cool Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn, the set is sophisticated, well sequenced, and perfectly modulated. Down-to-earth, soulful vibes emanate on the Roots's 'Silent Treatment', balancing out more abstract, ambient outings like Carl Craig's 'A Wonderful Life'. The set closes out on Donny Hathaway's 'Someday We'll All Be Free', which serves as a benediction, casting a bright, hopeful light over the entire listening experience. This collection is perfect for moody background, but--unlike many chill-out compilations--it also rewards concentrated listening. 2005.

In a market saturated by mix albums of every description, Ultra Records' Back to Mine series glows like a beacon in a fog of mediocrity. The idea is simple: artists are given a free rein to compile sets that are both intuitive and personal to their tastes, resulting in mixtures of postclub textures chiefly designed for horizontal dancing and chilled-out bonhomie. Latest recruits Everything but the Girl take to the format like ducks to water, displaying a musical pedigree that touches on house, hip-hop, and light drum & bass. Although most people have warmed to the group's shift into dance culture, what will surprise is their sublime choice of tune. Kicking off with the drum-machine jazz of DJ Cam's "Friends and Enemies," the moody hip-hop noir of Deadly Avenger's "Bayou," and their own production on Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem to Weep," the mood is stoner-paced but never drab. Follow this with a little stripped-back ambience courtesy of Carl Craig and a rousingly sanguine finale featuring Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free," and you have the makings of a fine night in. --Paul Tierney

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Friends and Enemies
  2. All Alone (No One to Be With)
  3. Bayou
  4. Stars All Seem to Weep
  5. Flow
  6. Cascades of Color
  7. Do It Now
  8. Wonderful Life
  9. To Cry About
  10. Silent Treatment
  11. Funky for You
  12. Someday We'll All Be Free

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • ASIN: B00005JDC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By johnbundy on July 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
From reading some of these reviews, it appears some people are confused about this release.. perhaps if the contibuting artists' names were placed alongside the tracks (like other compilations) there would not be this confusion...
This is the 6th release in a series called Back To Mine, in which artists and djs are approached and asked to compile a collection of after-hours/back from the clubs tracks... how this differs from other "chill-out" collections is that the artists selected dig deep into their record and cd collections, pulling out rare gems and fave tracks, as opposed to what's hot at the moment.
That said, this newest release of Back To Mine is one of the strongest... I thoroughly enjoyed the track selection and sequencing. Highlights include Deadly Avenger's "The Bayou", Dubtribe's deep house "Do It Now" and Donny Hathaway's beautiful closer "Someday We'll All Be Free". I would give this release 5 stars, but I find the Mary Margaret O'Hara track thoroughly annoying, and wonder why it was included.
The Back To Mine series is well worth checking out. Other standouts in the series being Global Underground DJs Dave Seaman & Nick Warren, as well as Groove Armada. Morcheeba has been picked do compile the next one, due later this summer.
Oh - for more upbeat vibes, check out EBTG's Ben Watt spinning deep house grooves on the amazing Lazy Dog compilation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on May 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Similar to the other North American Back To Mine releases by Danny Tenaglia, Groove Armada and Faithless, EBTG's take on downtempo is a broad umbrella covering soulful house, funk, trip-hop, disco and R&B. It makes for an enjoyable home listen, and that's the point. What sets this mix apart from the others is the inclusion of a couple tracks by Detroit techno innovators Model 500 (Juan Atkins) and Carl Craig. In my opinion, the mix strays a bit near the end with The Roots - "Silent Treatment," a somewhat more raucous rap selection that doesn't quite feel right straddling the already-established mood. Also, I don't really care for the 70's style crooning of Donny Hathaway at the end of the CD, but I'm sure someone else's review will praise this, so as always, it all comes down to personal taste. Considering my own personal taste, this is a solid 4-star effort; this will definitely get plenty of listens alongside my other Back To Mines.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
for all of you who are confused about why something would be called an ebtg cd but isn't - the back to mine series is all about songs that well known bands would pick if you went over to their place. the interest behind it is discovering and listening to a band's influences, what catches their ear, etc. none of the back to mine cds are songs by that actual band.
now i know that i haven't broken down the track listing and talked about what i like/don't like, but i felt that i had to explain the purpose of these cds. ebtg are just the latest band in the whole series. check out other great ones by bands like faithless and groove armada.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Campbell on June 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt of Everything But the Girl take their turn in the "Back To Mine" series and give us a collection of music that feels extremely personal and revealing. There is a wonderful, seamless shifting in mood as the collection progresses through the excellently mixed tracks by Ben Watt. From DJ Cam's wonderful marriage of jazz and hip-hop in 'Friends & Enemies' to start things off all the way through to the incomparable Donny Hathaway's inspiring, uplifting 'Someday We'll All Be Free' at the finish, it's easy to sense, as the liner notes confirm, just how much this music has meant to Tracy and Ben in the course of their lives. And that's what makes this "Back To Mine" installment such a great success. They don't just talk about it, they convey it, not simply with a great mix of sublime and exceptional tunes, but with open hearts, giving the listener a significant piece of themselves in the process. There's a wonderful, stilling effect the grooves assembled here have on me. Things in my life come into sharp focus then just as quickly fall away and blur as I listen. I feel reflective, moving years into the future or step into my past bathed in the music's ambience. Every track is a stunner, the highlights, aside from the aforementioned, being Slick Rick's 'All Alone', The Ananda Project's 'Cascades of Colour', Dubtribe Sound System's 'Do It Now', Carl Craig's 'A Wonderful Life' and The Roots 'Silent Treatment'. Kudos to Tracy and Ben and to the folks at Ultra Records for the "Back To Mine" series. Long may you run.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hiser on August 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of life's greatest pleasures is the giving and receiving of mix tapes. Toward this end, the genius concept of the Back to Mine series was born; enlist a group of stellar dj's and ambient groups to compile their version of the perfect post-club chillout mix tape, then release the results on the unsuspecting populace. The fourth installment of this project is entrusted to the always brilliant Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt of Everything but the Girl, and they do not disappoint. From the fan-to-fan accessibility of the liner notes, discussing their difficulty in narrowing their selections to fit a single cd, and dismay over being unable to obtain the rights to other favorites, to the careful sequencing and mixing of the tracks, this is a labor of love that excels at every level. Back to Mine flows seamlessly from jazzy trip-hop to soul and hip-hop to house with such ease that Watt manages to segue from Slick Rick to the gorgeous Beth Orton track "Stars all seem to weep" within moments. The perfect accompaniment for afterhours introspection, Back to Mine perfectly recreates the atmosphere of the languid last hours before the dawning of a new day. This is the mix tape you wished you could give, or receive from your best friend.
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