I effectively turned my back on Radio 1’s evening schedule after John Peel died. It turns out that was a big mistake. Stuck in traffic after a late night at the office last week, I caught some of Annie Mac’s show and the opening few tracks on the following show hosted by Rob da Bank. In the end I was wishing the traffic jam had kept me in the car longer.

Annie Mac has a tendency to play tracks from the Ninja Tunes label, which is reason enough to try it out; as usual you can listen again via the web. If it’s not your bag, stick around for the Rob da Bank slot on Thursday nights – the best way I can (not) describe it is to point out that even after being five or six tracks into the show, I still didn’t have a clue what was going on. It absolutely refuses to be pigeon-holed, so I shan’t attempt it, just go and try it.

Highlights from last weeks show were Art Brut, Rachel Lipson and Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Contonou Dahomey (streaming video).

bonus post: anyone who’d like to hear John Peel’s nonchalant voice again is welcome to revisit the mp3 I posted last summer of the wonderful Rodeohead by Hard’n’Phirm [mp3] [notes]