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 ghostly breakbeats, Brazilian grime, and some proper 4x4 bassline from the Steel City.

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

Ishan Sound w/ Gorgon Sound

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Although born in Exeter, Ishan Sound may as well have been born in Bristol. A devotee to all things sound system, he’s been making up for lost time in the city in the best part of a decade he’s been there. He’s been firm friends with Kahn & Neek, with whom he co-founded the Young Echo collective (along with several others) for most of that time so it’s always a treat when they get together on the airwaves. Here, the latter two assume their Gorgon Sound identity to join their teammate for two hours of thundering, spine-rattling, weighty steppers magic.

Palizè B2B J69

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Proper Yorkshire bassline here right from the heartlands. As producers and selectors, both Palizè and J69 have been deeply embedded in the northern scene for years and they’ve worked with all the greats, including Trilla, Scumfam, Tez Kidd, Bomma B and MNT, to name just a small handful. This week we got to hear them jump on deck together for a B2B history lesson in juiced-up 4x4 and garage steppers for local station Mondo Radio. If you’re ever in need of some timeless club music with a big sugar-rush bounce to it, Sheffield should always be your first port of call.

Jeremy Sylvester

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Your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ is a bit of a tired cliche, but it really does hold true for someone like Jeremy Sylvester. A titan in garage and house music (and quite a few other genres to boot), pretty much every single garage and house producer worth their salt holds Sylvester up as a massive inspiration. He’s got about 8 million (possibly an exaggeration) aliases, but here he sticks to his government name for 61 minutes of juiced-up garage, connecting the UK sound to its ‘90s house roots and tying in some extra deep house and 4x4 smackers along the way.


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ELISE’s rise has really been something to behold. It was only 2019 that she played her first show (at the invitation of AceMo no less) but within months she’d been inducted into the Juke Bounce Werk family full time. Since then she’s made an admirable job of weathering the chaos, including hitting our shores for a triumphant JBW takeover at Keep Hush. Now back in NYC she’s just turned in this sessions for Juanita’s, threading together low-slung rap burners, including ‘90s classics and the East Coast canon, with smoky techno, acid and trap.

DJ Fart In The Club

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In the past six months, Seoul-born, Berlin-based DJ Fart In The Club has been catching a lot of attention for her hugely evocative sets. She might use a funny name—possibly the best of all—but as a DJ she’s anything but silly. Her current home in the German capital definitely has an influence, but it’s her love of UK club sounds that often rings the loudest. For her latest NTS show that means golden age breaks, ghostly 2-step, and a little bit of dark side D&B mixed with the polished futurism of techno and electro.

Yas Meen Selectress

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Born in Cairo, it was Arab funk, ‘80s Egyptian pop and the hyper local Gnawa music that raised New York-based Yas Meen Selectress, but a move to the States broadened her tastes tremendously. Cumbia and Afrobeats were the first new sounds to pique her interest after leaving, and she’s been on a quest to satisfy a voracious appetite for new sounds ever since. That boundless enthusiasm and sense of adventure makes itself heard in every mix and for this one she’s dug deep into Jamaican sound system culture and the countless sounds it inspired, particularly the UK strains like D&B, dub, jungle, house music and more, and as always rooted back into her North African heritage.


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This time last week, ETCH touched down on Purple City Recs with The Further Adventures Of The Cosmic B-Boy, nine tracks of jazzy rap beats, grimey bass rumbles, and Nigella puns (whose face he also slapped on a very fetching t-shirt you can grab from his Bandcamp). Justifiably, he’s still riding high from that as he delivers two new hours of jungle, dubstep, techno, electro, grime acapella, and plenty more besides.

Medley P w/ AKA AFK & Mannimon

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After joining Plus 1 Radio last month, Medley P properly made himself at home at the nascent radio station this month. A two-part shelling session, the first 30 minutes was a bright and bouncy session with Sau Paulo's MC Warrior AKA AFK over a whole range of sweat-soaked grime, dubstep, jungle, UK funky and more. Then, for the final half, he shifts into pure 140 territory to make way for Nottingham’s Mannimon who stepped in to deliver a cruddy, fast-talking barring session like only an East Midlander can.


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A tireless D&B advocate for the thick end of a decade now, it’s been encouraging to see DJ AMA finally start to get her dues in the past couple of years. She got the seal of approval from DJ Flight, who invited her to do a mix for Black History Month back in 2019, and things have been really flying for her ever since. Now a resident at Bournemouth-based House Of Hi-Fi, she put together an absolute smasher for her fellow South Coasters for this year’s International Women’s Day. 48 minutes of chuggers, rollers and lots of noisy breaks from the likes of Total Science, DJ Die, Workforce and more.


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Those of us who aren’t keeping score of the D&B circuit might be a little thrown by this one. Javeon, who originally rose to prominence as an R&B focus with one foot in the club (you’ll definitely know his work with Julio Bashmore in the mid-2010s), has been doing some major bits as a D&B producer. He still sings, giving his productions an invaluable touch of soul, but it’s his talent as a selector that caught our ear this week. Dipping into D&B’s light, graceful and occasionally liquid sides, it’s an ever-welcome reminder of how emotional the dancefloor can get when Javeon’s in charge.

Posted on March 11, 2022