Saturday, 31 August 2013

Blackstreet - No Diggity (Urban Takeover Remix)

Blackstreet - No Diggity (Urban Takeover Remix) (White, 1997)

The 'No Diggity' remix by DJ SS that I mentioned yesterday was somewhat overshadowed by this one from Micky Finn and Aphrodite AKA Urban Takeover. I'm not much of an R'n'B fan but the Blackstreet original with its Bill Withers sampling beat and Dr Dre appearance was inescapable back in '96. The Urban Takeover Remix was supposedly going to get an official release on the follow up single but Blackstreet's Teddy Riley then decided to attempt his own "Jungle Mix" so it came out on a white label instead.

It uses a substantial portion of the original track including the 'Grandma's Hands' sample, piano and vocals, although not any of the rapping except for Dr Dre's "Still moving this flavour / With the homies Blackstreet and Teddy / The original rump shakers" line. To this Micky Finn & Aphrodite add their standard two-step drums and bouncy bassline but it's a particularly effective combination and makes for a great track to DJ with as the "Yeah" and "Uh" vocals during the intro are custom made for cutting to in the mix. This white label really made the pair's name outside of the drum and bass scene and led to remixes for the likes of the Jungle Brothers and Alabama 3, in the process raising the profile of drum and bass worldwide.

It has just been included in DJ Mag's Top 100 most important drum & bass tunes list and you can check out the whole playlist out below:

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