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Mary Anne Hobbs broadcasts final BBC Radio 1 show with guest mix from Kode9 and Burial

Kqhr8snc In the early hours Thursday (last night if you're on Pacific time), Mary Anne Hobbs broadcast the final show of her 14-year career with BBC Radio 1.

Aided by special guests Hyperdub artists and dubstep breakout stars Kode9 and Burial, Hobbs ended an era with elan, with a track list that ranged from old rap classics such as the Prodigy Remix of Method Man's "Release Yo Delf" and Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul," to skits from "Pulp Fiction," to recent tunes from Ikonika and Al  Tourettes.

Befitting her Left Coast-leaning slant, Hobbs also played "Change," a collaboration between Gonjasufi and the Gaslamp Killer. Kode9 and Burial opted to avoid satiating fans breathless to hear their new tracks, instead sticking to a set heavy on Hyperdub artists (Terror Danjah, Cooly G, Darkstar) and the garage and 2-Step artists that influenced the creation of dubstep (El-B, A Guy Called Gerald). To keep things funky, they found time to play a little Erykah Badu and Prince.

The set is available for streaming at BBC Radio 1's website. While Gorilla vs. Bear has a streamrip of Kode9 and Burial's portion. Listening to the whole thing is recommended, as it provides an ideal two-hour survey of the last decade-plus in electronic music, a tenure in which Hobbs was one of the genre's most vaunted taste makers.

As she said herself, it's the end of an era, but with dubstep and its offshoots currently enjoying record popularity, it's clear she helped usher in an entirely new order.

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Mary Anne Hobbs performing at a Low End Theory party at the Airliner. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times.

Comments () | Archives (3)

dubstep sucks. you won't be missed.

alejandro u are an idiot!

DUBSTEP is all part of the future of music. Thank you Mary Anne!!! you will be missed!! but ill see you on tour!!! ;)

Mary-Ann has actually been on the tip of what electronic music has been and has formed into. She pretty much introduced to a whole lot of people what dubstep is with Burial and Kode9. She has an ear for talent so to say "dubstep suck" is an unintelligent statement because the art form of the music is based off several electronic genres and has given a whole new spin to electronic music.

I'm glad she released some cds of her mixes and hopefully her final show can be found somewhere on the net because its truly a huge mix for electronica fans all over.


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