TRENCH Radio 103: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Jagoda Kotlarz

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.


Konny Kon (Children Of Zeus)

Although UK R&B remains bafflingly under-appreciated by certain corners of the industry, you need not look far to find some absolute stunners. Two individuals who’ve been working away for years in the overlap with our nation’s rap and hip-hop are Children Of Zeus, aka Tyler Daley and Konny Kon. They’re an invaluable presence at NTS and in between everything else they do, Kon took to the decks to put together this smokey half-hour of late-night groovers from the likes of Brent Faiyaz, Knxwledge, Lucky Daye, Jaz Karis and a jewel from Travel Light gets a facelift from the man himself. It almost feels like a warm summer night.

Hipsters Don’t Dance for NTS

Hipsters Don’t Dance kept us warm and nourished in Carnival’s absence all those years and now, even though it’s less than eight months away, they’re keeping us well fed in the harsh winter months once again. Kazabon and Hootie Who’s monthly NTS show is always worth tuning in for, but it feels particularly valuable in January. Finding natural meeting points between soca, basement, dancehall, Amapiano, breakbeat and a club remix of Mr. Sandman, you could almost be fooled into breaking a sweat.

DJ Bone for Boiler Room

Raised in the earliest days of Detroit techno, DJ Bone was right there in the heart of it when the Motor City was setting the gold standard of techno. He’s remained a driving force of innovation ever since as heard in this set recorded at Sugar Mountain festival in Williamstown on Yalukit-willam land in Naarm in Australia. Typical of Detroit techno, his selections are warm, energising and full of funk. Although he’s never one to look back, his inclusion of Ben Sims’ super-charged “Good Life” remix is one of many highlights, sending the crowd understandably batty in an instant.

Palizè for Mondo Radio

Much has been written about the connection between Sheffield’s industrial past and its various waves of music scenes built around driving beats that we don’t have space to get into. The latest, of course, is bassline, which continues to thrive up there thanks to the likes of Scumfam and their long-term ally Palizè. Funnily enough, he just dropped a track with Tez Kidd. But before you cue that one up, check out this set he recorded at Mondo Radio. A largely bassline and 4x4 set, he still sneaks in a few surprises including a recent gem from Manny Man Murkz (who now also calls the Steel City home) and a conclusion that veers into silky smooth R&B.

Club Glow w/ Denham Audio & Dylan Dylan for Rinse FM

Almost a year on from their impromptu B2B set at Bel Air first ever Paris show, fittingly titled ‘UK Business’, Manchester’s Denham Audio and BLR resident Dylan Dylan recently reunited on Rinse. Not quite a B2B set (Dylan provides the guest mix, but both give us absolute gold. Listen out for deep, mesmerising rollage, a lot of meaty breakbeats, and an unreleased Denham Audio collab with Flirta D, which hopefully won’t stay that way.

DJ Flight for HÖR Berlin

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a whole 25 years since DJ Flight first graced our lugs, but here we are. Over the years, she’s toured the world, won awards, launched the essential EQ50 platform and played a pivotal role in shaping the face of D&B and jungle. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, she flew out to Berlin with DJ Mantra for a special anniversary set at HÖR Berlin along with French DJ/producers Tatie Dee and DJEDJOTRONIC. Nothing but thunder, listen out for slammers from Dub Phizix, Kid Drama, Detboi, Quartz and more.

Posted on January 27, 2023