BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT (2006)

The Rhythm Lab

From Echo Chamber's magisterial dub to Root of All Evil's mirthful metal marathon, KFAI pretty much owns the local airwaves after midnight—with one exception: The Rhythm Lab. True, the Current stole co-host Tarik Moody from its aforementioned competitor, where he performed similar chores on Groove Garden and Local Sound Department. Still, Moody and DJ partner Don Cuco's planet-spanning mix of hip hop, Afrobeat, reggae, grime, and countless other genres (including indie pop) has no antecedent in the known universe. From 12:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. each Sunday, The Rhythm Lab creates a world where racial, national, and cultural boundaries don't exist, and where unabashed joy is thicker than water. Much of the show's jaw-dropping luster comes from the likes of Yummy Bingham and Rodney Hunter. But the duo's utopia isn't built on recent stuff alone. Quincy Jones, Nightmares on Wax, and a host of other once and future masters add depth and range to a party that never seems to last long enough.

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