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 vintage garage from a Newham General, a masterclass from acid house and D&B royalty, and a nosebleed happy hardcore remix of “Stay Fly”.

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


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Just last week, p-rallel bid farewell to dry January with his latest single, “Get Down”, a smooth and smoky, amapiano-inspired club jam with a video that saw him and Kasien throwback to the early 2000s dance battle movies on, as he puts it, “a You Got Served x Tokyo Drift flex”. Taking to NTS this week, he gave us a bit more of a look at where his head’s at with this new release, diving deeper into the lo-fi club warmers as well as R&B, reggae, funk, jazz, and a couple more amapiano vibers.

DJ Dan

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This week, Mode FM assembled the heavyweights for an Old School Marathon all-dayer. Drafted into govern the airwaves were DJ Cable, Mak10, DJ Tubby, Spooky, Shiverz, Baggers, DJ Drizz, DJ Emm, Mr. Furious, Li’Krz, and DJ Dan. Putting the mic down for a sec, D Double assumed his selector alias for an hour and a half of garage mixed with a little bit of grime and a touch of drill. Sadly, no jungle on this one, but it’s always nice to be reminded how deep D Double’s record bag goes.


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Although based way out on the West Coast of the States, Introspekt’s always had a bit of an affinity with us, splitting her time between monthly slots on Balamii and Threads. She seems to have a fondness for pretty much everything on the hardcore continuum, but this time she’s dug deep into garage and 2-step’s ruder, ravier side, focusing on the hoover sounds, sirens, snarling bass patterns and hyped-up MCs. As much as we enjoy the lovey-dovey sweet ones, it’s always good to get away from garage’s tougher side.

Nancy June B2B Mi-El

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We know it’s boring to keep bringing up lockdown and we’d all rather put the whole thing behind us, but it’s hard not to celebrate people like Hackney-born Balamii resident Nancy June who used the time to kick off her career as a DJ. In that brief time, she’s quickly made a name for herself, bringing in top-tier guests for the show and putting on a few belter parties and club nights. Her latest saw her connect with another rising star, Mi-El (who you’ll remember for from her set at Oblig’s birthday), and together they’ve whipped up a rattling mix of grime, breaks, and enough bass to knock the wind right out of you.

Calm Stiege B2B CA$TLE

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Ahead of his birthday takeover at Four Quarters in Peckham, Founder of Takeover Hull, Calm Stiege buddied up with Mode FM graduate CA$TLE for an expansive, multi-genre session of low-end rumblers. Featuring all sorts of heat from the worlds of grime, drill, Jersey Club, rap, and garage, including ones from Headie One, KG, Emz, Scratcha & DemiMa. There’s a lot to enjoy here, but it’s Commodo’s sludgy, grungey new creation “Living Bones” that steals the show.

Eich B2B Ema

What’s particularly mad about this B2B session from Eich and Ema as part of More Cowbell’s Keep Hush takeover is that they only met for the first time 24 hours before this set. Striking instant chemistry, the pair serve up a hurtling mix of helter skelter club pressure, fizzing and bouncing through minimal house, dubstep, techno, and all manner of mesmeric rollage. Saving the best to last, they end on a stone cold late 2000s dubstep classic: DZ’s glitchy, loved-up remix of Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love” and best of all, they let it play out from start to finish.


If you’ve been tuned into Chrissy since the Murderbot days you’ll already have some idea of how vast and far-reaching his tastes are. This latest one for Vinyl Factory, recorded at Vinyl Dreams in his current home of San Francisco, slips gracefully from house and disco, through hi-NRG and techno, before cranking the heat up even further with a final burst of rave and jungle. There are a few gems of his own in here, some from his Cool Ranch label and a couple from his recent Physical Release that dropped on Sherelle and Naina’s Hooversound Recordings last year.

Charli Brix

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Bristol-based DJ, producer and vocalist Charli Brix has been making music in form or another for over a decade now, making her mark on countless different genres. Back in December, for example, she connected with NUKG producer Gemi to join Emz on their latest bubbler “Want 2 Dance”, but it’s in drum & bass she’s probably best known. A firm friend of the Critical and Flexout families, she’s a mainstay on Bristol radio stations and rave line-ups alike. Her latest for EQ50 gives us a pretty good look at what she’s about—at least in the D&B sphere—60 minutes of chugging, energising breakbeats with a little bit of footwork to boot.

A Guy Called Gerald

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The current ‘thing’ at the minute is to debate the ‘Mount Rushmore of x, y, z’. Hip-hop, superheroes, trainers, everything. At the risk of being a bore, if there were a Mount Rushmore of dance music, A Guy Called Gerald would have to be up there. A pioneer in the acid house days before switching to D&B, Gerald Simpson is a true great. Tonight, February 4, AGCG joins the Rupture crew at fabric for the London leg of their 15th anniversary celebrations. Ahead of that, he put together this mix of jumpy D&B and snarling jungle with a couple of jazzy, soulful detours to keep it varied. As a bonus, Rupture co-founder Mantra also put out a retrospective of vintage AGCG productions from ’91-’95, which you can take in here.


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Purveyor of all things fast and heavy, the Amsterdam-raised, London-based Mixtress delivered a couple of big, noisy belters this week. The first was part of a series of residencies on BBC Radio 1 Dance and the second was this live set. Recorded a couple of weeks ago live at The Beatriarchy x Platforms night at Corsica, it kicks off with a nosebleed happy hardcore remix of “Stay Fly”, setting the tone for a 62-minute depth charge of jungle, breakcore, hardcore, and a touch of acid to keep your eyes rolling back in your skull.

Posted on February 04, 2022