TRENCH Radio 109: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
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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.


Cooly G for fabric

In celebration of International Women’s Day and the chance to rebalance things a little (which, of course, should be happening year-round), fabric called on 10 women who’ve made themselves favourites in their club, and UK raving in general, over the years. A mix of sets recorded specifically for the series and sets recorded in the Farringdon club, there’s no weak link here, but it was Cooly G’s pulsing Amapiano session that caught our ear. Effortlessly smooth and warming, it’s an hour of familiar favourites and under-appreciated gems. It’s also a timely primer if you’re hoping to catch her set at VICE’s fabric takeover on the 24th.

Mumdance for Radio Mumdance

From blog house to grime to industrial noise weaponry and a few extra stops along the way, Mumdance’s career has taken him on a lot of twists and turns over the years. Having taken a couple of years out, Mumdance has returned to us now and he’s also brought his Radio Mumdance back. Episode 1 dropped last week and it was really heartening to hear him back on air, but for our money, this week’s was even better. Pretty much every facet of Mumdance gets repped here, but the personal highlight is the slip from the pummelling industrial drums of Klahrk into Ruff Sqwad’s light-footed classic “Xtra”.

Bianca Oblivion for Boiler Room

L.A producer, DJ, radio host, label owner, and dancer Bianca Oblivion always seems to be right in the centre of things. A true club chameleon, she pretty much fits on any bill and has made a career of bringing together cultural threads from most of North and South America, the UK and Europe, setting grime and jungle against Baile funk, reggaeton and beyond. Most recently, she connected with Star Eyes and AK Sports to form Warp Mode (with an extended family that includes many more besides) and this week they hosted their own barely contained riot of a Boiler Room along with Baseck, Flapjack and Spiñorita. A calling card for everything Bianca and the team are about, it goes full beans right from the start with her recent Sam Binga collab and peaks with a noisy breaks remix of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll”.

Dave Quam for JiaLing’s Balamii Show

You may know writer, DJ, producer, radio host Dave Quam from his releases under the Massacooramaan alias, (in which case, you definitely know his ghostly remix of Kelela’s “Go All Night”). He’s since put more focus on both production and DJing under his government name and there’s talk of an album and a couple of EPs on the way, but in the immediate future, we’re getting a lot more DJ sets like this one for JiaLing aka Big J. Following a similar theme to his It’s After The End Of The World blog, this mix hones on a few localised genres with B’more classics from DJs Rod Lee and Technics, some grime, bleep, and a hypnotising, energising Normani remix from Leonce.

Breaka for Rinse FM

In the years since Charlie Breaka first emerged with his footwork-jungle hybrids in 2016, he’s explored a range of tempos, sounds and styles. Whether it’s kuduro, Baile funk, techno, UK funky or anything else that takes his fancy, he usually plants himself in the heavier end of the spectrum, but without ever neglecting the groove. For his latest Rinse show, the label-owner and co-founder of aerobics-themed club night Stretchy Dance Supply dipped into a few different sounds from the likes Overmono, Surusinghe, LR Groove, LFO, Burna, and a particularly intense take on Amapiano.

Posted on March 10, 2023