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, New Yorker DJ mOma dropped off the eighth edition in his ongoing Pan Africa series, this time focusing on some deep, late-night Amapiano grooves; Darksidevinyl dug out some of the more bassy, percussive Afro-house joints in his record bag, mixing them with some of the influences echoed in his recent “Samba Do Brazil” with Ucha; Shy One and Touching Bass linchpin Errol Anderson primed us for the return of Croatia’s Love International festival with two hours of soulful dancefloor jams; Timma T went B2B2B with Spooky and Oblig for his latest Reprezent show, handing mic duties to Logan for a good old slewing session (plus a bonus Gmix from Echo Chamber, his project with Kojay and Delta Dubz); Freshta and Saint Ludo went B2B for a punishing, stomach-rattling mix of dancefloor rumblers from Low End Activist, SPD, Murder He Wrote, and more; EC2A CEO Dr. Dubplate drew from just about every evocative touchstone in UK club culture (including the obligatory “Hackney Parrot”) for his latest heavyweight session; A.G (who just put out a chirpy yet bass new riddim today via Bandcamp) and Manara turned in another high-intensity Beauty Blender show filled with grime, rap, and plenty of South Asian gems; Outlook Festival threw back to SWU host AMA’s set from last year, which featured red-blooded slammers from Serum, L-Side, Artificial Intelligence, and more; Boston-based D&B head Mizeyesis showed us what sets a rave off properly in the Northeastern U.S with a few different shades and styles, from halftime right through to the harder stuff; and finally, Nią Archives gave us an overdose of rave nostalgia with classics old and new from Grooverider, 4Hero (as Tom & Jerry), Shitmat, Dillinja, Lemon D, and a couple of her own smashers to boot.

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

Photography: Steve Smith

Posted on May 06, 2022