After breaking into the big time with wife Tracey Thorn as super-duo Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt has become a DJ extraordinaire, first co-starting the Lazy Dog club nights and then founding the Buzzin' Fly label that quickly became a staple in the house scene via its high quality 12" releases. So how does the label move on? The answer lies in the fourth installment of label boss Ben Watt's popular and best-selling mix series, Buzzin' Fly Volume 4. Expanding the label sound from its deep melodic roots into the new era of nu-techno and electro, the album renews Buzzin' Fly's commitment to nurturing new talent - the compilation is entirely made up of home-grown tracks, the majority of which have yet to see the light of day, and several from artists never heard of before. Every track is either on Buzzin' Fly or its new sister imprint, Strange Feeling.
The drive and propulsion of Watt's journey is a master-class in modern harmonic mixing, where tracks glide seamlessly in and out of each other, overlapping in long extended cross fades. Of the artists involved, debutants Kimouts from Moscow and St Petersberg's BarBQ underline the growing importance of Eastern Europe in the modern scene with their warm takes on deep techno and disco. Deep house cult figures Pedro Madeira (PM Project) and Martin Brodin (Deeplay) deliver up super-fresh future-facing tracks that mark forks in the road for their respective recorded output. Paris' ultra-hip Pulp and Rex resident Mlle Caro and Franck Garcia deliver a stunning future classic of instrumental tech-pop, while Buzzin' Fly dark cornerstones Manoo and François A return with the searing "Magnètic." Head honcho Ben Watt caps it off with a fresh unreleased slice of modern techno-house in "Just A Blip" and his acclaimed electro-disco re-work of "Silver Ponds" by Strange Feeling's debut signings, the alt-pop Danish band, Figurines. Buzzin' Fly Vol. 4 is a bracingly fresh collection, buzzing with melodically rewarding and sonically vibrant tunes.
BarBQ - Barbi In Love/Ben Watt And Jennifer Valone - Approaching Phantoms (Extract)
Figurines - Silver Ponds (Ben Watt Dub)
Kimouts - Down To Earth