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 grimey techno, Punjabi-garage-dancehall hybrids, and some gqom-infused drill.

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


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Another treat for the smokers, IZCO’s regular Rinse set occupies an under-explored corner of the club world: crunchy garage and breakbeats that are simultaneously dancefloor-ready yet perfectly built for the post-club afterglow. Still, if you’ve caught him and the Brighter Days family (which also includes Reek0, Samtheman, and the magnificent Nia Archives among others) in the dance you’ll already be more than aware and no doubt jonesing for their next club night.

J Oh Zee

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In just a short couple of years, Bristol’s J Oh Zee has become a regular fixture in the grime scene, and barely a week goes by without an appearance on Rinse, Reprezent, Pyro, Mode, Foundation or SWU. This week she took a little time for herself and put together a quick 45-minute set to prime us for her set next Saturday, January 22, at Ape Lounge in Brixton where she’ll be spinning alongside Shiverz, Sh?m, DJ Jedah and Jack Dat, with Doni Rampge, Durrty Skanx and 28 Luchi on mic duties. Pure 140 sluggers with a touch of drill, funky and dubstep stirred into her usual grimey selections.


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A died-in-the-wool raver, Yosh’s been crate-digging and shape-cutting since he was a school kid. With raving locked off until recently, Yosh has been holed up in the studio, cranking out no fewer than 11 (!) EPs and countless singles of garage, breaks, house and the like. Now ready to hit the ground running, his new mix took us through years of his history as a DJ, from breakbeat and garage through tech house and even a little bit of acid.


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Conducta’s been a little bit quiet of late, breaking social media silence for only very occasional updates. That’s fair enough really, given how intense his workload was in 2021 (and pretty much every year for the past few years, actually). However, he did emerge this week with fresh mix of garage bouncers to blow away the January blues. Morenight, Sam Binga, Sharda, Sammy Virji and Dunman all feature in what will no doubt be a sorely-needed elixir in what is unequivocally the worst, most depressing month of the year.

Yung Singh

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Last year was a whirlwind for Daytimers lynchpin Yung Singh. Near the start of the first lockdown, the Midlands-born selector put together his now legendary ‘Sound Of Punjabi Garage’ mix for the Shuffle N’ Swing crew. That mix proved to be the spark that lit an unquenchable fire that put Singh and his Daytimers crew (founded in late 2020) on the map. Every set he played last year—including a sets at Fabric and Boiler Room festival—went down in history. Now, after a year of triumphant and celebratory South Asian club brilliance, he’s kicked off 2022 with an even more adventurous session, blending those Punjabi elements with underground slammers from Capleton, Bounty Killer, NA DJ, Florentino, Arma and more.


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Although more of us than last year were able to reconnect with family this Christmas, not everyone was so lucky. Rinse regular Jyoty had been hoping to visit her family in Amsterdam, but because of renewed restrictions at their end, she once again spent it on her ones. To stay sane, she jumped on deck for just over an hour of pure bumpers. Every corner of every continent is accounted for here and the BPMs range from 100 to 160 as she crams in 43 tracks from the worlds of UK garage, Baile funk, breaks, grime, drum & bass and more.

Mr. Mitch

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For whatever reason, Mr. Mitch’s playful side is often missed by the casual observer. Last year’s stunning LAZY, for example, buried a heavy dose of fun in its emotionally wrought melodies. Opening with the refrain “Black girl booty majik” on track one and continuing through with track titles like “Burn Down IDM”. If it’s still going over your head, his newly-minted mix series ‘Hedonism’ should make things a bit clearer. An all-out rave session, he promises the new series will give us a look at the kind of music he tends to play in clubs with the strict proviso that there’s “no bpm police allowed”. Where he goes with it is anyone’s guess, but this opening edition

Black Cadmium

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Mining the ever-fruitful London-Detroit connection, bringing out techno’s funkier, more soulful side, it’s hard to believe even after all these years that Dutch duo Joginda Macnack and Mike Richards aka Black Cadmium are from neither city. But it’s not just techno—although that does form the backbone of their sets—that transatlantic connection is explored from a bunch of different vantage points as they stir in light brushstrokes of breakbeat, funky and even grime. It’s subtly done and often just hinted at, but it gives their sets, like this one recorded at the Future Intel headquarters in The Hague, an undeniable rawness.


It’s Oblig’s birthday and he’s made a week of it. Last Friday he invited Plastician and Jack Dat for a B2B2B session on his Rinse show, but the highlight of the week was the birthday rave he threw at Keep Hush with Neffa-T, Jetsss, Jack Dat, G33 and MI-EL. Honestly, it was a tough call picking the best set of the night—so you’re best advised to check them all out (especially Neffa-T’s moshpit fuel and breakneck blends)—but the birthday boy wins it with his trademark grime-drill hybrids and some bonus bars from SBK as the icing on the cake.

Tash LC

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In 2021, Tash LC was an omnipresent figure both on rave line-ups, tearing it up on her own and also taking her Club Yeke label friends on the road to celebrate the sounds of Brazil, South Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. In between all that she’s also been holding down a weekly Sunday night show on Kiss FM. Tonight, January 14, she’s acting as guest selector for Bleep’s Skate Lates takeover at Somerset House. To give us a taste of what that will entail and where she plans to take her label in the future, Tash put together this depth charge mix of drill and rap fused with techno, gqom, grime and lots more.

Posted on January 14, 2022