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, Lil C spotlighted some of the latest and greatest dancehall and Afro floor-fillers, including Joe Boy, Blaqbonez, and some top tier hot-under-the-collar filth from Vybz Kartel; Hacienda hero Jon Dasilva primed us for this weekend’s Factory takeover at The Beams by taking us right through the decades from an ‘80s Fast Eddie joint through to boxfresh gems from DJs Seinfeld and Rush; Salute built this week’s radio show around the tried-and-true chassis of jazzy, soulful garage bubblers, apexing with an outlandish house remix of Horrid1 and Sav’O’s “Violent Siblings”; Helsinki’s Emkay sent us to another galaxy with 60 minutes of cosmic grooves, techy chuggers and rib-cracking breaks, including some jewels plucked from the Craigie Knowes and Future Bounce labels; NY-based hard drum advocate Ovid joined Ohio-based Love Higher and the Ble$$ed Up family for an hour of percussive club music splashed with rap, pop, footwork and more; Scratcha DVA gave us a look at the latest gqom, funky and Amapiano he’s been digging, and with his and Lady Lykez’s Woza EP just around the corner, you can bet she appears prominently too; Mukuna of Swiss outfit Somatic Rituals rained down a barrage of jumpy, polyrhythmic drum patterns courtesy of Sam Goku, Sonice got us fired up with a super rowdy mix of bassline, heavy on the MCs, featuring bouncers from MNT, TRC, Nastee Boi and plenty of juiced-up low-end; Doyle sharpened his broad but usually pert-driven focus on the world of jungle and D&B, including some big, noisy crackers from Coco Bryce & Amy Dabbs, Tommy The Cat, and one or two of his own; and finally, devoted junglist Josie Bee welcomed Keep Hush to her home turf in Brighton for a sweaty session of laser beams, smoke machines and lots of big, noisy Amen breaks.

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

Photography: Rosie Cartwright

Posted on October 28, 2022