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, Glasgow-based Mackem Hu-Sane took the combination of stomping garage and 2-step with the commanding power of Punjabi vocals into almost euphoric levels; EN:YO co-founder Buckley welcomed London’s Bidl to celebrate his recent EP on N-Type’s Wheel & Deal Records with a jumpy, drum-heavy low-end excursion; Dobbs returned with an anti-winter depth charge of hands-in-the-air bangers from Anz, SBTRKT and Kelly Lee Owens alongside revamped jewels from Missy, SZA and Sugababes; Steel City selectors Sterlo and Yanik joined forces for 60 minutes of heart attack hardcore, some atmospheric breaks and an inspired grimey-footwork hybrid; Oblig, Neffa-T, and MJK combined for an almighty B2B2B session, drafting in Jammz and Micofcourse for an East meets West London barring session with plenty of nimble light touches on both the mics and the decks; Slackk kept it strictly 140 with a predominantly grime selection, a mix of tones and textures, from the bright and bouncy to the deep and bassy chuggers, and more than a few familiar vocal flashes; SeeSickSound editor and selector Idris teamed up with his old pal DJ Traiteur for a high-intensity, jaw-aching waltzer ride through some of their favourite speed garage, bassline and breaks; Shanti Celeste graced Daisy Moon’s unfaltering Off-Kilter platform with a technicolor burst of house, techno and electro smackers from Pangaea, DJ Stingray, and plenty more besides; Chinese Daughter tore through Kindred with a bellyful of big, chunky, junglist breakbeats, but with bags of soul and warmth; and finally, Kessler served up some stomach-rattling groovers and slammers from Murder He Wrote, Nikki Nair & DJ ADHD, Silkie and more.

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

Photography: Big Kani

Posted on December 02, 2022