TRENCH Radio: 10 Of The Best Mixes This Week

Another week closer to oblivion, but at least the music’s good. Having expanded our sources to include Mixcloud and YouTube, we’ve scoured the internet once again to bring you the latest and greatest DJ mixes and radio shows (providing they meet the criteria). As ever, we’ve gone through a range of sounds and styles, including rap, jungle, grime, house music, Jersey Club, Amapiano, gqom, bassline, Afro-tech, acid and beyond, it’ll just be more inclusive from now on. This week’s highlights include drill-focused experiments, a tribute to Dillinja, and a Pokemon dubplate (yes, really).

So, without further ado, here are this week’s best mixes.

Charisse C

Thanks to the contrasting sounds of gqom and Amapiano, South African’s club experiments have rightly been held up as some of the best things to have happened to our dance floors. As Abantu boss Charisse C showed us in her debut sessions for NTS, there’s plenty more to the country’s thriving and constantly-evolving club culture. At time soothing, at others percussive and invigorating, it’s a solid gold distraction from the encroaching cold.


Photography: Rob Jones

Bristol-based Danielle has been an obsessive record collector for pretty much her entire life. She first caught the bug as child rifling through her dad’s expansive collection and eventually grew up to work at Phonica Records for a decade. Now a resident at NTS, it’s pretty much anything-goes in her sets. This latest one is pretty indicative of that, spanning breakbeat, electro, techno, jungle and a few sounds that didn’t really fit into any category.

Joe The Third

Photography: @suthxvisxuals

Joe The Third took a moment away from his Run The Riddim and Mode FM duties to fire off a 30-minute grime session. A non-stop workout, it’s a high adrenaline combo meal of hall-of-fame grime riddims, spun together with dizzyingly quick edits.

Benteki B2B Bok Bok

Photography: Kyle Craig

Benteki’s long-standing slot on Reprezent usually fits around the core elements of grime, garage, funky (and a few extra bits), but here he teams up with Night Slugs and AP Life boss Bok Bok to raise the tempo with some more club-focused sounds. There’s B’more, ragga, speed garage, breaks and some wild remixes and bootlegs to keep the adrenaline pumping.

DJ Oblig

Photography: Jordan Core

Oblig’s Friday night show has been an essential part of the week for fans of grime, drill, rap and club music. A master at finding unexpected connections between them all, his show marks the official start of the weekend. Riding solo this week, Oblig steamed through two straight hours of freshness from M1llionz, Rocks FOE, and Duppy, before throwing in a dubplate that really does need to be heard to be believed.

Nammy Wams

Croydon FM stalwart Nammy Was has had an unreal year. His weekly radio show’s gone from strength to strength and we’ve also seen what he can do in the studio, first with the Paradise South collection of instrumental drill on AP Life, and then again when he teamed up with MIC to produce the You Can Achieve Anything EP. The latter still held a lot of those drill elements, but it also mixed in the kind of futuristic electronics, grime and club textures that make his Croydon FM slot such a wild and constantly surprising ride.

Dev/Null & DJ Persuasion

Criminally, there are still some people out there who know Dillinja only as the guy who did “Grimey” and “Twist Em Out”. Whether you fall into that category or you’re already familiar with his three decades of excellence, this two-hour deep dive is a treat. Dev/Null takes the first hour, running through his early ‘90s output before DJ Persuasion picks up the baton to take us up to 2002. Touching on material from aliases like Capone, Cybotron, Suburban Knights, Basic Influence and the rest, it’s an exhaustive and thrilling journey.

Tim Reaper

An absolute menace on the decks, Tim Reaper has been cutting through for a while and often held up as one of the leading lights in the so-called ‘jungle revival’. Whether jungle ever went away in the first place is a debate for another day (it didn’t), but thanks to sets like this, which smudge the lines between jungle, breakbeat and classic UK hardcore, the scene is in incredible shape.


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Ever since Brighton producer Rikki van Berkel switched from RVB to Drumwork, there’s been a noticeable uptick in his energy. The name change brought with it a focus on UK funky and, as the name suggests, the more percussive elements of sound system culture. This latest mix is the first in a planned series of to sit alongside his Front Left events. In the future, he says, the series will include live sets and mixes from himself and likeminded artists. To get the ball rolling, this inaugural edition pulls together a bunch of the records he’s been playing out this summer and it’s a set he says will set the tone for


Thankfully, the multi-genre approach is becoming more and more widespread and it’s yielding a tidal wave of new talents finding unexpected connections across the aisles. One producer and selector who’s always championed that approach is Bristol native OPR8. His monthly radio show prides itself on slamming jungle against piano house, acid against reggae, and sticking plenty of curveballs in between. It isn’t just that they’re such wildly differing sounds, it’s that he finds a way to make them all work together in harmony.

Posted on October 01, 2021