TRENCH Radio: 10 Of The Best Mixes This Week

Photography: Col Morley

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 sweat-soaked amapiano thunder, Mancunian rave excellence, and edits of everyone from Three 6 Mafia to Girls Aloud.

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


Image via Instagram

Besides the clubs reopening, one of the big success stories in music this year has been watching the explosion of the South African-born amapiano sound. As with all nascent sounds the issue of maintaining the sound’s integrity remains paramount. Thankfully, here in the UK people like KG have been making sure amapiano is treated with the respect it deserves. Followers of her radio mixes, live sets or the fans of the Sensei II EP—easily one of the best releases in any genre this year—will know that it’s not even about purism. As this mix in particular shows, it’s about mixing SA sounds with UK funky, Afrobeats, but in the right way.

Spektral Sound

Photography: Ohh Kimmi

Like a lot of the best DJs and producers working today, especially those of the multi-genre variety, it’s hard to describe Spektral Sound’s music, but you know it when you hear it. Drum & bass, dubstep, techno, breaks, jungle, UK funky, footwork… it all gets folded into their sets, but they always manage to find a common, intangible element to tie it all together. Here, for example, they offer one of their most sprawling and varied sets yet. Putting the emphasis on the overlooked, skipping across eras as well as genres as they dip into gems from Mark One, LV, Anthill Mob, LFO and more.


Photography: Col Morley

Leeds-hailing Tañ may have made a name for herself as one of the minds behind homegrown garage rave Spin City, alongside Millennium Edit and DJ Kimura, but with shape-cutting off the menu until recently, Tañ’s used the time away from the dancefloor to build a reputation on the airwaves that stretches far beyond the Pennines. She’s made herself right at home on radio with an adventurous approach to tune selections that few can match. Garage, 2-step and speed garage are the core, but to that she adds a range of sounds so broad almost nothing can be ruled out, including house, breakbeat, grime, even acid.

Big Dope P

Photography: @shotbysensei

Celebrating the release of his recent ‘MEHLISH' ('Don't Worry'/'It's OK' in Arabic) this week, Moveltraxx head honcho Big Dope P didn’t waste a second getting back on deck with a new set that felt almost like a greatest hits for Moveltraxx with anthems old and new from DJ Earl, DJ Manny and Mighty Mark feeding into newer club workouts from Bklava, YHSYHS and a bunch of cuts from the new album.

Durkle Disco w/ Blackdown, Ila Brugal & Koast

Photography: @khaliphotography

A very, very eclectic one from Koast and the Durkle Disco family. Koast opens the session, helming the first third with some bright and breezy bouncers from LR Groove, Fiyah Dred, Eastwood and more (including a very, very pleasing Gafacci edit of Three 6 Mafia’s “Stay Fly”). Then it’s the turn of Blackdown, who supplies a session of mostly his own unreleased productions and remixes mingled in with VIPs, deep cuts and Bandcamp treasures from the likes of Mosca, Scotti Dee, Spektralsound and many more. Finally, Ila Brugal closes the session, picking up where Blackdown left off, but taking things in a darker, more spacious and occasionally a little bit cosmic space.

Josey Rebelle

Image via Instagram

A Proper Selector. North Londoner Josey Rebelle’s been smashing up genre boundaries for so long her reputation precedes her. This one storms through literally every genre, moving through classic house music, ‘80s pop, reggae, jazz, funk, techno and way, way beyond. Dished out with a level of love and expertise it feels more like a personal mixtape than a DJ set, which in a sense it kind of is. Another masterclass from one of the greatest to ever do it.

Oh, and you can catch her at Strange Brew on December 3 if you’re in Bristol or, if you’re in London, at The Pickle Factory for an all-nighter on December 17.

Emerald B2B Breaka

On November 5 this year, Keep Hush were letting off a few fireworks of their own at the soon-to-be closed The Cause in North London. The venue officially shuts its doors in December with a closing party on the 11th, but Keep Hush’s 6-stage, 12-hour mega rave felt just as climactic. Stretch pretty much across the entire spectrum of UK underground club culture, a lot of the sets have made their way online in one form or another and this B2B session from Emerald and Breaka felt particularly emotional. A wall-to-wall endorphin rush of spine-tingling pianos, breakbeats, 4x4 stomp and euphoric vocals pitched up to the heavens, it’s ravey goodness in its purest form.

Finn B2B Clemency

Photography: Louis Reynolds

Keeping raving and club culture strictly fun and unpretentious, Finn is always a safe bet and the same goes for his B2B sets. Echoing the free-wheeling fun he had with his B2B series a few years ago, he recently played a set at Manchester’s The Soup Kitchen alongside fellow Manny DJ/producer Clemency, who also has a couple of records out on highly acclaimed Finn’s 2 B Real label—“Drum Circles Against Lamentations” and last year’s three-track References. Joining forces for an almighty three-hour session that took us on a glorious rollercoaster trip through classic house, electro, techno and more, with some outrageous edits and bootlegs of everything from grime to pop.

Big Kani B2B Patrice w/ Snowy

Image via Balamii

Swamp 81 regulars Big Kani (who you can catch on deck at SBK’s London show tonight, November 19, incidentally) and Patrice, have been doing bits for a while, especially in South London, putting on raves and hosting electric radio sets. Both selectors have pretty strong ties to grime, partnering with MCs like Snowy and Novelist fairly regularly, but it’s just as common to hear them spinning together everything from techno to rap, and always delivered with plenty of speaker-rattling low end. And that’s exactly how this show starts, hurtling through all manner of rumbling club cuts before tightening their focus to a grimey final act while their good friend Snowy takes the mic.


Image via Instagram

A veteran whose musical journey began in the mid-’90s when breakbeat and hardcore were fused together before eventually mutating into breakcore, Tommy de Roos, aka FFF, soon became closely tied to the epicentre of the scene, thanks in no small part to the Breakcore-A-Go-Go nights he ran with fellow countryman Bong-Ra. By the mid-2010s, however, the sound had reached a bit of a dead end as far as de Roos was concerned and ever since then he’s been getting back to his ragga-jungle and breakbeat roots with releases on labels like Myor Massiv, run by another Dutchman, Coco Bryce. He’s also set up his own label, 3AM Eternal, and the rejuvenating effect of this gear-shift is remarkable. It’s not quite as rapid-fire as you might have come to expect from the FFF of old, but the focus on jungle’s roots and the variations in pace and atmosphere make for arguably some of his best work yet.

Posted on November 19, 2021