TRENCH Radio 107: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Verity Rose

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.


Otik for Trax Magazine

Last summer, London producer and DJ added label owner to his resume when he founded his Solar Body label. According to an interview he gave to Resident Advisor at the time, he built the label to “connect the dots between meditative, ethereal atmospheres and club music”, and this latest mix for Trax magazine is a great extension of that. Mixing seemingly disparate sounds, he finds common cause between an underwater reggaeton mutation of “Bitch Better Have My Money” fused with William Basinski with gems from Overmono, Florentino, Joy Orbison and one of his own soon-to-be-released joints.

Meron T for DMY

Although her vocals often carry a calming and relaxed tone, there’s always been a spritely energy about Meron T’s music. Last year’s “Sugarhunnykisses”, for example, had an almost drill-like bass pattern beneath it, but this year she’s ramped those dance floor tendencies up considerably. Last month’s “My Love” with Hagan and “State Of Mind” with Sey G plunged her deep into Amapiano territory, and keen to take that to the next step, she took to the decks to give us a semi-autobiographical look at what’s on her USB. Hopping between the club and the bedroom, and between the US and the UK, she zips through largely rap and R&B gems from Nemzzz, Ice Spice, Juls, Drake and 21 Savage, plus a few touches of West African heaters from Wizkid, Davido and more.

Bigote for Boiler Room

There were a few contenders from BR this week—DJ Marky’s set at New Zealand’s Hidden Lakes in particular—but it was this one from Granada-hailing DJ and head of Caballito Netlabel that won it for us. Finding the connecting tissue between full-bodied UK funky, reggaeton, and all things dembow, it’s a real speaker knocker and will almost have you forgetting that it is still very much February.

General Courts for Rinse

Oblig should be on air celebrating the success of his newly-minted Obligated Records, but this week he was felled by some toothache. Jumping in at a few hours’ notice like an absolute champ, General Courts held the fort with an hour of wall-to-wall grime belters. A largely instrumental session, listen out for some big, beefy skankers from Spooky, Grandmixxer, Conflict, Mez and Travis-T. And, as a nod to Oblig, he ends on Novelist’s “Mercy”, the maiden release on his new label.

Big Dope P for Mixmag

Moveltraxx boss Big Dope P only released his debut album, Mehlish, in November, but he’s already barrelling towards his next album, which is slated to for release later this year. In fact, its first single, “Stomp Yo Ass” with Katie Got Bandz dropped just a month after Mehlish and he includes it in this latest set. He’s also included a few more of his own cuts as well as a tonne of footwork from kings like Traxman, DJ Earl, Rashad, Tameil, DJ Manny, DJ Deeon and more. And, as his trademark, he’s also included a whole stack of electro, ghetto house, and hip-hop.

Subjxct 5 & Papo2004 for Platform

Much has been made in the last year or so of the surprising connections between Jersey Club and drill. Nemzzz’s “ABC”, of course, threw a particularly bright light on the subject, but that was by no means the end of the LDN/NJ connection. This week, New Jersey pair Subjxct 5 and Papo2oo4 landed in London and they’ve been doing the rounds on radio to deepen the two cities’ bonds. Although this Balamii set doesn’t go too deep into the Jersey Drill subject, they touch on it a little. What really sets this one alight, though, are the New York and East Coast references, flipping vintage 2000s rap and R&B into choppy, turbo-Jersey beasts.

Posted on February 24, 2023