Hugh Reviews No Diggity

When I was a teenager I hated r’n’b. Hated it with great fervour, I did. Then, one day, I saw No Diggity on Video Hits.

It was slick. It had a wicked little piano sub-riff.

It had marionettes.

I still hated r’n’b, but I loved that song. I still love that song. And I’m far from the only one, No Diggity is no longer a song, it’s an institution. Some of my friends had never heard of this song. No one knows where the bodies are buried. Over the last few years I’ve heard some pretty sweet cover versions, below are 3. Each brings a distinct new character to the mix, while preserving what was great about the original. And also, the original, because why not?

Hugh Reviews Slowing Down

AKA Hugh’s Non-DNB By DNB Artists Playlist

Drum and bass artists have been blasting out some great cross-genre output for as long as drum and bass has been around. These days that probably means dubstep but previously it has been predominantly house and downtempo/rare-groove stylings. Here are a few of my faves, new and old. (Sorry about the clipped nature of some of the tracks and the poor sound quality, there weren’t a lot of options on the ‘tube…)

Nookie – Stepping Back

Omni Trio – Native Place

Spectrasoul – Away With Me

Blame – Oceans of Hope

LTJ Bukem – Constellations

Hugh Reviews Thom Yorke

Apropos of absolutely nothing, my favourite 12 Thom Yorke songs:

12. White Flash:

There was a block of time where it seemed that Yorke’s collaborations with electronic artists were his best work.

11. Everything In Its Right Place:

Was this, perhaps, the song that really made Radiohead the remix darlings they’ve been since?

10. Reckoner:

I haven’t given Radiohead a lot of ear-time for many years, but this track stood out for me when I heard it.

9. Black Swan:

When this album dropped, I was well past the peak of my Radiohead fandom, and, on the whole, the album reinforced that feeling; this track was an exception.

8. Talk Show Host:

This is one of those songs that grew on me very slowly. I liked it in the film, was blase about it later, and finally came to really dig it. It contains echoes of later Radiohead, while retaining some of the soul that they lost after the ’90s.

7. Electioneering:

I loved this album. I love this album still; it is Radiohead at their absolute peak and every song on it is engaging on its own terms. Over-produced guitar band rock out.

6. Exit Music (For A Film):

For the first 150 or so listens through OK Computer, this was my favourite song. It slowly lost ground to others, but I love it still.

5. Fake Plastic Trees:

In (I think) the 5th season of Entourage, this song is used at the end of an episode and it is one of the most perfect pairings of music to film I have ever witnessed.

4. The Trickster:

When I first heard this, it was on the other side of the Radiohead spectrum to where my tastes lay, but it quickly came to sound like a perfect synopsis of the band.

3. Ego:

For me, as for a lot of people, this collaboration was a meeting destined for greatness. Four Tet and Burial’s other collabs are also well worth a look.

2. Lucky:

Just wow.

1. Let Down:

I almost think I like the Easy Star All Stars’ cover of this more, but the original continues to give me the goosebumps it gave me on first listening 15 years or so ago.