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. 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 techno teeth-kickers, Jodeci and Beyonce remixes, and a whole load of dubplates.

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

Riz La Teef

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Tomorrow night, November 6, Sheffield outfit Juan Forte are throwing a little bash in Sheffield to celebrate their fifth anniversary. Dub legends Sinai Soundsystem are supplying the rig and they’ve got Sicaria Sound, Riz La Teef vs Rareman, Truant vs Foamplate, Leftlow, Fearless Dread, and Ema joining them for a massive one. To warm up, the dubplate don himself Riz put together this primer mix of dubstep classics, rarities and of course dubplates.


Photography: Sean Tadman

Manara’s Pure Spice mixes continue to smash it. We’re not exactly sure what brief she gives her guests, but whatever it is, she keeps bringing out the best of everyone who steps up. This week it was the turn of Liverpudlian selector G33. With just 30 minutes to play with, she takes us on a breakneck journey through garage, Afro-house, UK funky, hard drum, a couple of Punjabi bangers and a particularly jumpy remix of Daniel Bedingfield.

Jeremy Sylvester

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Many artists claim to be prolific—and they may be right—but few can claim to have a discography as vast as Jeremy Sylvester’s. Although primarily known for garage and house music, his roots stretch right back to the early ‘90s when he was putting out jungle as Dubtronix on Cream Recordings (the label he ran with his dad, Charles Sylvester, whose brother Steven happens to be Mist’s father). Since then he’s recorded under at least 30 different aliases over the years. In fact, he’s recorded under so many different names that most people know quite a few of his tunes without even realising it (his Club Asylum remix of Shola Ama’s “Imagine” being perhaps the most famous). Anyway, here’s a mix he just put out that takes us through the garage side of his record bag, from the mid-‘90s to the present day, and with quite a few of his own in there.

DJ Shannon

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As parts of the world tentatively open up and cautiously revive their nightlife scenes—to varying degrees of course—what better time for DJ Shannon to bring back her Club Management podcast to examine the new and unprecedented circumstances we all find ourselves in. She’s a fixture in New York’s club scene, but for those who don’t live anywhere near there, her show on The Lot is pretty much your only way to get a fix, at least for now. The latest one packs in an hour of house music flecked with moments of B’more, Ballroom, and some inspired remixes of Beyonce (courtesy of Brenmar and Fiinesse), Jodeci (courtesy of Afrodisiacs) and one or two others we won’t spoil for you.

NOIRE w/ Fiyahdred

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The crossover between UK funky and Amapiano (along with all the other threads being woven in) is one of the most exciting sources of creativity in the UK underground right now. Every day it feels like a new DJ or a producer or a tune is bubbling up and whipping the whole thing in completely new direction. The latest inventive spin comes from Fiyahdred and their new EP Anyway (which just dropped today). As a primer, they joined NOIRE (who’s been making some wild moves of his own lately) for an hour of bass, thumping skankers from across the globe.

DJ Lag

Photography: Chris Kets

In the years since DJ Lag first started out a lot has changed, not least gqom itself which has evolved to take in touches of Afro-house, amapiano, Afro-tech and more. It’s a sound Lag now calls “gqom 2.0” and it informs his long-overdue debut album Meeting With The King, which drops early next year. Ahead of that, the gqom pioneer put together a special mix as part of the launch for War Child’s music-led fundraising platform, The Right To Dance initiative, which offers exclusive content to supporters of a subscription service, with funds going towards supporting the charity. As with the album, the new mix taps into the new school of gqom, employing slower tempos and lots more vocals than the gqom of old.

Treble Clef

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Since Halloween is in the rearview mirror now, we’re trying not to get too bogged down in the mixes that missed last week’s cutoff, but it is absolutely essential that we discuss Mode’s Grime Marathon from Saturday (which was followed by an equally bonkers 12-hour mega session curated by Spooky). Saturday included sets from Tubby, Mak10, Misundastood, Selecta Impact, Milo, J Beatz, Ob-Server, Mr Furious, DJ BPM, and Secret Squirrels, but it’s Treble Clef’s that we think deserves particular attention. A breathless two-hour slab of grimey, cruddy heaters from across the years, this is why he’ll always remain the backbone of the scene with a CV no one else can touch.


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New Orleans-born, Memphis-based MarceauxMarceaux has a style that’s impossible to pin down yet immediately recognisable. A lot of his productions and DJ sets feature techno prominently, but house music, electro, rap, breakbeat and more can often be found worming their way in. This latest mix, for example, also packs in some dembow rhythms, a Megan Thee Stallion remix courtesy of Boston Chery, and some almost dubby textures at the end.


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Up until a few years ago Nigel Joshua Reynoso was known professionally as Nasty Nigel, a Queen-based rapper with roughly of decade in the game both solo and as part of NY rap crew World’s Fair. Then, a couple of years ago, he switched things up a little. Now going by NIGELTHREETIMES, he’s spent the last couple of years focusing on DJing and producing. Putting a decidedly New York spin on jungle and D&B, he adds splashes of hip-hop and jazz to otherwise filthy breakbeats, all the while keeping the UK spirit alive and well.

Naina & Sherelle

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It’s been a hell of a year for Hooversound bosses Naina and Sherelle. The former’s many wins include a UK tour, co-founding DialledIn (with the No ID, Chola and Daytimers crews), and keeping up a blinding Apple Music show. Meanwhile the latter has launched her BEAUTIFUL label, completed a fabriclive mix and launched a merch line with Boiler Room. As for their label, Hooversound Records has gone from strength to strength. This year the label’s put out EPs by Special Request and Tim Reaper, Prayer, Nova Cheq and Samurai Breaks, and they’ve just put out Chrissy’s Physical Release album, the label’s first full length. Even though the year’s not over yet and they’ve probably got one or two more surprises left for us, this one felt like a triumphant celebration of the label and everything it holds dear: high intensity rave of every flavour.

Posted on November 05, 2021