Rob da Bank, Fresh Air Launch, The Venue, Jan 29

Rob kept the crowd on their toes by delivering an ever eclectic sequence of songs

Article by Jack Waddington | 17 Mar 2006
Presenter of Radio 1 shows One Music and Blue Room, founder of Sunday Best, curator of Bestival and the evening's special guest Rob da Bank came to the Venue to celebrate the launch of Edinburgh's 2006 Fresh Air broadcasts. The Trouble DJs with MC Ratty B heated up the dance floor with their jazzy, funky, groovy, worldly and very get-on-downable style, ahead of a fantastic set from da Bank. Covering just about everything from Blur's Song 2, to jungle, to the cringe-worthy 9-5 by Dolly Parton, Rob kept the crowd on their toes by delivering an ever-eclectic sequence of songs, many of which were exotic remixes - adding something even more special to the evening. There were times when a tune would flip genres mid-swing, combining DnB, breaks and house. It was evident that the outstanding mash-up of the Specials and the late O.D.B., A Message To You Rudi and Shimmy Shimmy Ya respectively, hit a soft spot with many. This evening was a treat, let down only by the denial of 'one more tune' by the sound engineer. Who could guess what Rob would have played? [Jack Waddington]
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