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, Daytimers’ Darama signalled an upcoming More Time release with an hour of sweat-soaked grime, perc trax, reggaeton, and a generous helping of South Asian party-starters; multi-talented designer, stylist and selector GawdX used their latest mix to uplift and venerate Black women and Black queer artists with 30 minutes of soul-nourishing scorchers; DJ Polo showcased the latest and greatest Amapiano and UK funky sizzlers from Tribal Brothers, Scratcha, Breaka, and a vintage Jamakabi vocal; Melle Brown dug out a fresh batch of deep, smooth and jazzy house classics with a healthy dose of disco (and refreshed Soul II Soul classic); Poté summoned his St. Lucian roots and mixed those influences with Afrobeats, ballroom, house music and beyond; Detroit’s DeeJay Beige paid tribute to the lineage connecting gospel and house music, from euphoric choirs to spine-tingling organ keys; Samuel RD and Truants founder Soraya joined forces to celebrate chaos with a giddy cocktail of house, rap, Afrobeats, and a Channel U classic from Sway and Stush; Exit Records boss dBridge took us beyond his usual D&B sounds with a broad spread of electro, bassline, breakbeat and countless other styles before slipping into a pummelling techno hour as Black Electric; Netherlands DJ/producer Yorobi plotted a course for jungle’s breakbeat, hardcore and early rave DNA, sprinkling in newer slammers from Coco Bryce, Swisha and Watch The Ride; and finally, Josie Bee and Mined Presents boss T Cuts buddied up for some wig-splitting junglism from Ray Keith, Double O, Machinedrum and many more.

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

Photography: Kayleigh Waterman

Posted on April 22, 2022