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, Late Replies showed us all the different strains of house music they’ve been cooking up in the studio with their third annual mix of their own productions; K2RAH whipped up an unbelievably nimble-fingered session of quick-fire R&B, house music and club trax; Yung Singh invited Vanessa Maria for a Gmix on his new Rinse show, combining for two hours of garage and club slammers from Arma, Apple, Bianca Oblivion, and a Sir Hiss reworking from the dubstep canon; North London duo Tease & Reset summoned the sunshine with just over half an hour of garage scorchers, from the bright and breezy to the dark and grime; Grandmixxer turned in another masterful showcase of the kind of grime he’s been bumping lately, including some fittingly space-age riddims; Pretty Weird Records mainstay DJ ADHD—aka ALXZNDR—zipped through all manner of weighty, bass-heavy club sounds infused with techno toughness; Low End Activist built a towering wall of rolling, chugging bass shot through with moments of rap, grime, dancehall, breakbeat and more; TSVI and Loraine James celebrated the release of their collaborative 053 EP (out today) with a wig-splitting riot of everything from Knucks to Fivio Foreign to Charli XCX; Ekula put together a special, vinyl-only mix focusing exclusively on all things breaks, from the sludgy and bassy to the acidic and quite a bit in between; Brooklyn-based rave icon Dee Diggs gave us an ever-welcome reminder of dance music’s Black roots with an adrenaline-fuelled jolt of vocal house, techno and disco.

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

Photography: Sam Presser

Posted on May 13, 2022