TRENCH Radio: 10 Of The Best Mixes This Week

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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 ice-melting rap and R&B jams, soulful jungle, and some big, dirty bassline bouncers.

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

Josh Byrne

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Celebrating a year on Balamii, DJ, publicist and label head Josh Byrne took a break from his monthly show’s usual format to put together a warming, pre-party mix of R&B, rap, a little bit of soulful house, jazz and the occasional breakbeat. Except gems and jams from Quasimoto, John Glacier, Westside Gunn, Kojey Radical, Brent Faiyaz, and Baby Keep and Kendrick Lamar’s still very much underplayed “Family Ties”.

Terrell Reece

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A core member of the Danger Dubs family, the elusive Terrell Reece has been catching a lot of attention lately. A sought-after record spinner, his sets typically hinge on garage and 2-step, but you’re just as likely to hear a bit of house, speed garage and various hybrid combinations of the above. Next Saturday, October 16, he’ll be going B2B with Wonder as part of a special all-day livestream with the rest of the Pirate Cutz crew and to give a taster of what he has in store, he’s put together a vinyl-only special of the kind of garage-house bouncers you can expect on the day.

Notion & MPH

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Seven months later and MPH’s garage stomper “Levelz 2 Dis” with Sheffield sheller Coco is still in heavy rotation. Away from the studio, the Canterbury producer has been doing regular damage to the airwaves for some time, as has Bristol bad lad Notion. The latter’s fusion of classic garage hallmarks with plenty of 4x4 stomp have made his productions the weapon of choice for pretty much all your favourites. Together, Notion and MPH well and truly stick the landing, spinning two solid hours of sugary, knuckle-whitening, ultra bouncy baseline slappers.

Cotch International

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Cotch International has always prided itself in putting the spotlight on the club sounds and scenes bubbling up around the world. Whether it’s dancehall, reggaeton, Portuguese tarraxo or, more recently, the myriad club sounds South Africa has to offer. This week, as part of their residency on LYL Radio, Joe Cotch gave us pretty much the full gamut of his expansive tastes. The first half keeps its focus on SA, running through ‘90s and ’00s Kwaito and Amapiano before shifting stateside for some Miami bass, electro, house music and a weighty portion of rap.

J Oh Zee B2B James Wilson f/ Manga Saint Hilare, Lady Shocker, Renz, Tia Talks

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Celebrating—sorry, ‘shellebrating’—her birthday, Shellingz and Cool Calm CEO J Oh Zee invited some of her close friends and allies to help her celebrate. James Wilson joined her on decks while Manga, Renz, Lady Shocker and Tia Talks took turns on the mic. If this was up your street, she’s playing Fabric tonight. And if you weren’t lucky enough to cop a ticket, you can catch her at Eskimo Dance at Bristol’s O2 Academy at the end of the month.


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The self-styled Jersey Club Kween, UNIIQU3 has been pushing the Brick City’s chopped vocal samples and skittish rhythms for years now, but the past year or two have been explosive for her, even with the chaos of lockdowns. In spite of it all, she’s been hosting livestreams and now that things are beginning to open up, she’s supplied a fresh batch of dancefloor ammo with her recent ‘Heartbeats’ EP. Between releasing music, Twitch livestreams, NFTs, and countless collaborations, it’s always good to be reminded of how incredible she is as a DJ. With Jersey Club as its backbone, this one adds electro, rap, house music and more for a sweat-drenched thrill-ride.

Chris Speed (CSV)

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Audio-visual artist, DJ and producer Chris Speed often finds himself grouped together with the mercurial wave scene, but the truth is he’s much harder to pin down than that. Grime, garage, dubstep and various mutations of their ilk can often be found spliced into his sets, but this recent one for the Cherche Encore show cranks things up a gear. Those elements are still there, but spurred on by some “coffee and the afterglow of the club night prior”, he’s fortified it with some techno and breakbeats.

Hyroglifics & Ila Brugal

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Flying the flag for the Critical Sound family (that also includes Sam Binga and Foreign Concept), Hyroglifics called on London-based Italian Ila Brugal to help him celebrate his new single “Waiting” (lifted from the Forlorn EP, which drops next Friday on Critical). Together, they brewed up 117 minutes of D&B chuggers and ear-splitting breaks, while also keeping it balanced with plenty of melody, the occasional euphoric moments and more than a couple of surprises.


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As Highrise, this Darlo-born, LDN-based DJ/producer’s been a lynchpin in the ever-excellent Shuffle ’N’ Swing crew, folding dubstep, techno and breaks into his garage selections. But as Dwarde, his output is considerably harder. With an emphasis on jungle, D&B and hardcore, his Dwarde material is not for the faint-hearted. To give you an idea of what we’re talking about, his latest session for Loose Lips opens with Dillinja’s “Follow Me”, and that’s about as chilled as it gets. Don’t get confused, there’s still plenty of melody and soul here, but it will get quite rough.

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At the end of this month, October 28, Chicago rave specialist Chrissy will make his debut on Sherelle and Naina’s Hooversound imprint with his new album, Physical Release, a celebration of the clubs, warehouses and so on that connect us to rave culture. To celebrate, Chrissy took over the Hooversound radio show to let us know the kind of high intensity house and techno you can expect from the album. And, as a nod to his past life as Murderbot, he also kicks off with a big, nostalgic dose of jungle.

Posted on October 08, 2021