TRENCH Radio: 10 Of The Best Mixes This Week

SoundCloud (while it still lives) can be an impenetrable, infinite stream of music, often of varying quality. You need a soundtrack to start your weekend right, but you don’t have the requisite lifetime to trawl through the week’s new DJ mixes. To help you out, we’ve done the busy work for you. We’ll be running this series every single Friday of every single week to bring you the very finest house music, grime, techno, bashment, R&B, trap, D&B, Amapiano, and no doubt a bunch of stuff that doesn’t have a name yet.

First up, multi-hyphenate force majeure Gina Jeanz took house music into its deepest, most soulful outer reaches; Drums Radio co-founder Mr. Silk put the spotlight on Afro-house, charting its evolution and flying the flag for South Africa; Glasgow-based Em Cee Kay took us on a tour of breaks and subs, from jazzy broken beat, through funky and 2-step, into gqom and Amapiano; ahead of an appearance at Fabric tonight, Ila Brugal gave us a bumper session of buzzy garage and breakbeat warmers; Bristol’s Danielle toasted her new Colour Factory residency with a perfectly paced 90 minutes of bouncy house, techno, and jungle; MJK and Neffa-T put their heads together for a hurricane session of grime, garage, funky and breaks (including a particularly intense take on “Topper Top”); Shawn Cartier combined the charged-up acid/electro energy that made last year’s Alien Floppy Disk Embargo EP such a dizzying rush and fused it with snarling breaks (and just a dash of footwork) for his latest set; turntablist and DMC champ Jon1st kept things jumpy with a mix of D&B newness from the likes of Alix Perez, Sam Binga, and a few unreleased gems he made with Danish producer Shield; Sheba Q took a quick break in her seemingly endless rave schedule to go B2B with BK Balance for a bruising 66 minutes of junglist fire and fury; and finally, Club Glow’s L Major and Denham Audio gave us a heart-racing two-hour session of euphoric rave, jungle, breaks, and hardcore.

This is TRENCH Radio’s best mixes of the week.

Photography: Aart Verrips

Posted on March 25, 2022