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Playlist: Mary Anne Hobbs

By | Published on Friday 8 July 2011

Mary Anne Hobbs

Last July, Mary Anne Hobbs announced her departure from BBC Radio 1, a station on which she had been presenting shows for fourteen years, covering a diverse range of genres through programmes such as the Rock Show and experimental electronic music programme The Breezeblock.

The news of her departure was something of a shock, as was the fact that – being an incredibly important figure in underground music – she was apparently leaving radio altogether. However, she later explained in an article for Billboard that her 2-4am slot on Radio 1 “was beginning to feel like a dungeon”.

She came to the BBC’s flagship music station from Xfm, and this weekend it is there she returns to with a brand new Saturday evening slot.

Hobbs told CMU: “I had to take a risk… It was time to see if I could redefine radio and really break some new ground by winning a primetime slot for the music I love and believe in. I wanted to raise the entire platform on the basis of creative significance, not commercial success. Xfm understood that vision and gave me a primetime slot on Saturday nights 7-10pm, beginning 9 Jul. It’s such a victory for the artists, the listeners and everyone in my world”.

But prior to that, we got Mary Anne to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist. Because when the opportunity for her to play you some songs arises, you bloody well take it.

Click here to listen to Mary Anne’s playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about her selections.

01 Kode 9 & The Spaceape – Sine Of The Dub
The creator of the Hyperdub empire sets the bar with his devastating first single for the label.

02 Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit Em
Endlessly and forever my favourite voice in hip hop… glorious.

03 Dorian Concept – Her Tears Taste Like Pears
Incendiary dancefloor track from the Viennese boy wonder, I never leave home without it in my record box.

04 Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie
A brilliant micro-biologist by day, who thrills me with his diagrams of cell activity as much as he does with his heavenly beats.

05 Roni Size & Bahamadia – New Forms
Roni cut a dubplate of this for me when it was first recorded, it’s still one of my most treasured possessions.

06 Burial – Fostercare
This is the extraordinary south London shadow at his most haunting and heartbreaking.

07 Mosca – Nike (Club Edit)
One of my biggest UK producer crushes of the last couple of years, a true game changer.

08 Deftones – Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)
Once a rock chick… always a rock chick

09 Misty In Roots – Mankind (Live)
One of John Peel’s favourite songs. He loved the intro so much that he had the lyrics embroidered in cross-stitch, framed, and hung above the door to his sitting room door at Peel Acres.

10 Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck
The way I’ve always heard it, Shaun Ryder sings: “I draw the line… you formed a queue”. I’m not even sure that’s accurate, but it is brilliant. I’m very excited to be broadcasting my new Xfm show from Manchester. It’s one of my favourite cities on earth, I’ve always wanted a decent excuse to go and live there, and now I’ve got one!