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, DJ Nate put together a mix of modern dancehall and bashment classics ahead of Carnival this weekend; Shannen SP including Thabza Tee’s massive, squelchy groover “Down The Drain”; Love In The Endz dons Blue Canariñho x Daviaa put the spotlight on São Paulo with two hours from across the Brazilian club spectrum, including guest mixes from two local selectors CESRV and Peroli; Italy’s Joe “Santi” Santoro gave us a shot in the arm with precisely one hour of snappy and soulful house and garage; Egyptian-born, DC-based Djoser spun together an immersive, hypnotising hour heavily inspired by dubstep and UK sound system culture; MC, DJ and producer LX One split his latest show with ‘Purple’ pioneer Gemmy to give us an hour of cosmic and occasionally mystical dubstep jams; Last Japan, MIDWIFE and Neffa-T joined forces to explore the intersection of grime and dubstep with a little techno and some more out-there sounds thrown in for good measure; Juke Bounce Werk co-founder and all-round club queen DJ Noir took us on a thoughtfully curated thrill ride through a dozen or more sounds, from grime to techno to D&B and beyond; 4NC¥'s Benkii found common cause between grime and the darker, sludgier end of the D&B spectrum with gems from Sam Binga, Breaka, Denham Audio, Foreign Concept and more; and finally, Critical Music founder Kasra celebrated 20 years of his groundbreaking label with a throttling mix of deep, guttural D&B noisiness.

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

Photography: Khalid Farqharson

Posted on August 26, 2022