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, KG helped us relive her Primavera set (which was by all accounts the greatest hour of the whole festival), giving us 60 minutes of speaker-shaking, Amapiano-guided excellence; DJ Polo kept it hyped-up with an ultra bouncy, percussive cocktail of funky, Amapiano and a little garage; Berlin-based selector Darwin flipped through metallic grime, elastic dembow, shuffling dub, and tied all together with a wall of low end; Chamber 45 joined Teddy Bones to help celebrate Kindred’s second birthday with a high-energy hour of grime old and new, including everything from SLK to Renz; Jossy Mitsu started off with a round of house, garage and breakbeat bubblers from Fixate, Dusky, and herself, before slipping into some harder club sounds towards the end; Japan’s Chiko PinkLady reminded us of her undying love for the holy trinity of club music with a choppy, high-energy ode to the dancefloor; Manchester’s Dr. Mystery took us on a rollercoaster of dramatic tempo shifts, about-turns, and dancefloor bait-and-switches that defy any and all descriptors; Bluetoof got the blood pumping with a kinetic, sweat-drenched hour of mostly techno (but with plenty of twists and turns); Birmingham-born South Londoner Lola So wove together a loving celebration of D&B history, from including far-reaching gems from greats like Marcus Intalex, Alix Perez, and more; and finally, DJ Rap primed us for her set at Berlin’s Bassquake in a couple of weeks’ time with a trip through all things D&B, from the jazzy to the liquid and with plenty of red raw jungle heaviness.

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

Photography: Tegen Kimbley

Posted on August 05, 2022