TRENCH Radio 102: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Ryan Swanscott

Between SoundCloud, YouTube, Mixcloud and everything else, it can feel like we’re being overwhelmed by an impenetrable, almost 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.

Dive into TRENCH Radio’s best mixes of the week below.


Akzem B2B Pitch B for komrad

Ukrainian pair Akzem and Pitch B soundtracked the grey skies and long nights with a broad spread of garage and 2-step, from deep and moody rollers to big and bouncy stompers, some roughneck breaks and a little bit of UK techno. Sometimes you don’t want an antidote to the cold, sometimes you want to roll around in the darkness and make it your home (there are some more upbeat ones, though, just in case).

JLSXND7RS ‘Grime Retro Mix Volume 1’

Coming to us all the way from the Netherlands, JLSXND7RS has spent his time in the grime scene tirelessly advocating for the sound, using his outside perspective to freshen things up and add some Dutch magic to joints for all the heavyweights, including Wiley, CASisDEAD, Lethal Bizzle and countless more. He’s still one of grime’s loudest advocates as this latest mix shows. A vital, well-balanced and varied 45 minutes of instrumentals (save for one vocal cut), it’s a very necessary reminder of the sheer breadth and depth of grime’s potential, from colourful skippy ones to darker, sludgier joints and everything in between. Naysayers, take note.

Sir Hiss for No More Mailouts

A couple of years ago, Sir Hiss launched his No More Mailouts label, a no-fussing, back-to-basics outlet for grime, drill, rap, dubstep and anything with a thumping great low end. Much of the releases have been his own, but he’s also taken care to offer a home to collaborations with like-minded outliers like Bristol MC Emz and the ever-versatile Lemzly Dale. The latest addition to the label’s arsenal is a mix series, which he’s dutifully kicked off himself with a fresh slab of slammers from Spooky, Hi5Ghost, Fork & Knife, Papa Nugs, and a couple of his own recent gems.

Sputnik One for Truants

It’s a little bit tired and hacky to talk about DJ mixes as “journeys”, but the best ones definitely go somewhere. This one from Dublin wonder Sputnik One is more of a stomach-churning day out at Alton Towers than a journey in the traditional sense. Full of surprises and about-turns, he manages to find surprising connective tissue between spoken word poetry, helter skelter funky, chirpy techno, a touch of griminess, some vintage rave and a whole load of different sounds that defy description.

Longeez for Animated Audio

Earlier today, Daffy’s Animated Audio label put out their latest release, a four-track collection of 2-step groovers featuring the label head himself alongside Groovy D of Denham Audio, nothingnice, and Longeez. To celebrate, the latter has put together this session of bassy house-music, beefy speed garage, and plenty of 4x4 bassline stompers. Music purpose-built for taking a car with an obnoxiously noisy spoiler and doing donuts in the nearest carpark—what could be better?

Sheba Q B2B Syntax for Balamii

With new-gen jungle doing an absolutely roaring trade the past few years, we can’t sing the praises of Sheba Q highly enough. Next to close allies like No Nation, Coco Bryce and others, her shows on Subtle and Balamii are a vital source of noisy Amenism (with more than occasional doses of liquid D&B and hip-hop to keep it varied). This time teaming up with Manchester’s Syntax, the pair go deep into the hardest jungle selections, mixing in flashes of hyper-colourful hardcore, lots of deep grooves and plenty of melody.

Posted on January 20, 2023