July 21, 2005
89.3 The Current is proud to announce The Rhythm Lab. It’s a new weekly show that features not just one type of music, but rather showcases the entire rhythm diaspora: soul, neo-soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, nu jazz, world beat, go-go, latin, broken beat, and reggae. Starting July 30th, The Rhythm Lab airs Saturday nights from midnight-2am, right after The Current’s hip-hop show Redefinition Radio.
“For even jaded ears, the musical agenda of The Rhythm Lab promises full listening satisfaction,” said the show’s host Tarik Moody. Moody, a graduate of Howard University in Washington DC, got his first taste of the music industry back in the mid 90's as an intern for a cable access music video show called Sonic Ignition in Washington D.C. He met and talked to artists such as Chuck D from Public Enemy, Republica, and Cypress Hill. He moved to Minneapolis in 1998 and started volunteering at KFAI in 1999. Eventually he hooked up with DJ Jennifer and became co-host of the long-running show Groove Garden. In 2003, he became one of four hosts for KFAI's Local Sound Department. Now he and his partner DJ Don Cuco bring a unique musical adventure to the Twin Cities with The Rhythm Lab.
Rico Simon Mendez aka DJ Don Cuco bolted into his music journey at the fresh age of ten. With Influences from Latin Rock to Afro Cuban jazz, Funk to Hip Hop, Electronica to Salsa, Reggae to Cumbia, Mendez has always been ahead of his time. He also plays guitar, and was featured on Los Nativos’ first full length album, Dia de Los Muertos. Currently, DJ Don Cuco explodes into the spot light with his eclectic mix of Nu-Jazz, Bossa, Reggae, Drum n bass, Latin House, Samba and Salsa with a refreshing fusion of live instruments and turntables. He performs regularly at clubs around the Twin Cities and can now be heard each week spinning on The Rhythm Lab.