In 1983 he put solo plans on hold to perform and write full-time with Tracey Thorn
in their recently-formed duo Everything But The Girl
. The band stayed active until 2000. They delivered twelve UK Top 40 singles and seven UK Top 20 albums. 1995’s global hit Missing reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Top 100.
As Everything But The Girl quit on a high at the end of the nineties, Ben moved into record production, DJing and clubland. He launched his own award-winning electronic record label Buzzin' Fly (see Best of Buzzin' Fly Records
) in 2003 and was was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music at the DJ Magazine Best of British Awards 2009, and as Best Deep House DJ four years running (2008-2011) at the global DJ Awards held in Ibiza.
In 2013 he put Buzzin' Fly on ice and returned to his earliest roots in folk, jazz and art-rock to record the award-winning solo album, Hendra
(2014). He also delivered his second memoir, Romany and Tom - follow-up to 1996's acclaimed Patient - nominated for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize 2014.
The album Fever Dream
came out in 2016. The Guardian commented: ‘In his early fifties, he is making some of the best music of his career.’