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.