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 dancefloor tearjerkers, a new batch of techno dancehall, and a marathon speed garage session.

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

Huerco S

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For much of the past six years, Brian Leeds has been releasing some pretty out-there experiments under the Pendant alias, all but abandoning the Huerco S moniker that many of us know him for. Then, last month, he returned as Huerco to deliver Plonk, a 10-track album of loop-heavy productions seemingly inspired by, and designed to soundtrack, long car journeys. Offering us yet another surprising turn, he then took to NTS to put together this off-balance mix of late-night rap burners, many of which he’s sped up or slowed down and then submerged in Auto-Tune fluidity. A woozy yet hypnotising listen.


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A mix of the futuristic, spiritual and sensual, KG’s latest mix taps right into what she comprehensively describes as “an amalgam of sweet R&B jams and Afro-Diasporic House grooves”, all of it at its most evocative and emotionally charged best. Deep, warm grooves and hip-swaying rhythms are still the backbone, but she’s stirred in several doses of R&B from IAMDDB, Teyana Taylor, Queen Naija, and Aaliyah’s classic, Miss x Timbo-produced heartbreaker “4 Page Letter”, just to make sure we’re all crying on the dancefloor.

Mr. Mitch

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It was nearly three years ago that Mr. Mitch kicked off his Techno Dancehall series. It might seem like an unexpected meeting point between two seemingly disparate sounds, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that there are plenty of producers who are as keen to explore it as the Gobstopper boss. Highlights include the dubby chug of The Bug, the funky mutant techno of Pluralist, and the menacing, shuddering rumble of Blawan’s “No Rabbit No Life”.


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Garage, as always, is in ruder health than ever (quite literally), and it’s because of a seemingly never-ending stream of young guns like ARFA rising up and keeping it all fresh and energised. A garage-focused session from the London-based selector, it comes in the lead-up to his new EP on Shall Not Fade’s Time Is Now (April 15). You can hear a few of the tunes from the EP in the new mix, as well some cuts from close friends, collaborators, and others he just plain old like the sound of.


Photography: Launchpad Toronto

Like a lot of Canadians, JayemKayem’s always been tapped into what’s happening over on our grey, rain-splattered shores. Culturally, there’s more that unites us than separates us and her mixes and radio shows throw that into sharp relief. Grime and garage are paired up with R&B and more stateside rap sounds, all threaded together by proven instincts and a nimble finger on the console. Oh, and special mention absolutely has to go to the “Creeper” / Whitney blend, which was nothing short of outrageous.

Riz La Teef B2B Papa Nugs

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Fresh off the back of a storming appearance XOYO as part of Mike Skinner’s ongoing residency, Riz La Teef returned to the Balamii studios for a B2B with Leeds-based DJ and producer Papa Nugs. Giving us all a much-needed shot in the arm, the duo served up three solid hours of high-velocity skankers. Garage and speed garage for the most part, but look out for a bit of breaks and electro here and there, too.


Originally from Honduras and Lebanon, but now based in London, Papaoul’s record bag is as eclectic and global as his own roots. Latin music—whether it’s reggaeton, marimba music or homegrown takes on sounds like footwork—is almost always a central element in his sets, but as this new set (recorded for Keep Hush and Worldwide FM’s Ukraine fundraiser) shows, you’re just as likely to hear a bit of garage, funky or a “Limb By Limb” edit.

Treble Clef w/ Chronik, G Man, Jus Rival, Kruz Leone, Logan, Rawza

It’s been a minute since we last heard from Slew Dem, but this week Chronik and G-Man joined Kruz Leone, Logan, Rawza and Jus Rival for a massive Inside The Ride session helmed by Treble Clef and it was proper intensive, back-to-the-fundamentals rawness. There’s been a lot of talk of late about the vitality of certain scenes, particularly grime, but if the rest of the scene can match the energy and fury these lot put out into the airwaves this week, 2022 could be a big one.


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One half of Dotcrawl and one third of Noisia, Dutch musician, composer, DJ and producer Thys often talks in interviews about his love for the darker side of dance music. There’s certainly a decent showing of that in his recent Brownies & Lemonade set, but there’s also a lot more colour and light than he’d have you believe. There’s the subaqueous “Gimme Some More” edit as well as Thys’ own take on Big Dope P & Mighty Mark’s B’more slammer “Ugly”, and because it’s a live recording, it really feels like your ribcage is being pummelled by the speakers, live and in the flesh.

Ehua w/ Ma Sha

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Italian-Ivorian producer and DJ Ehua has been living here in London almost exclusively for about 13 years now and she’s become so embedded in the UK’s underground club scene that it’s easy to forget she was actually born and raised in Pisa. Though indisputably one of the family, she still makes time for Italian station Radio Raheem. This week she split her show with New York-based Ma Sha whose Kindergarten label celebrates its second anniversary next month. Both mad keen on all things percussive, their two approaches couldn’t be better suited, veering between techno, breakbeat, D&B, and a lot of 140bpm stuff that’s harder to pin down.

Posted on March 18, 2022