Review - Buzzin' Fly Volume One

Artist: Ben Watt

Buzzin' Fly Volume One
Label: Astralwerks
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Buzzin' Fly Volume One

With the Tracy Thorn at least temporarily out of his side, Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt (he of the degenerative intestinal affliction and the memoir to prove it) took the trek from disease to DJ, gaining acclaim with both his label, Buzzin' Fly, and its titular night at the West London club Neighborhood. Deep house euphoria is represented on this part-compilation, part-collaboration -- Watt does not disappoint. Like Boy George before him, he is well suited to the backseat-driver role, incorporating both underground classics (many deep in international, multilingual tourism) and a surprisingly relevant -- and fantastically inspired -- performance from the artist formerly known as Terence Trent D'arby (now Sananda Maitreya) of his new single "A Stronger Man". Ultimately, Buzzin' Fly is the thinking man's hair-salon music, all black shirts and busy shears, but that said, this sort of repetitive flow does not work to its detriment. Instead, one comes away feeling that the buzz is all worth it.