TRENCH Radio 112: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Nicole Ngai

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.


LORA for Balamii

The weather’s been pretty miserable this week, but that just means it’s been perfect for sets like this one from LORA. Proper rainy-day house jams with an emphasis on the jazzy, warming end of the spectrum plus a couple of garage picks and a big dose of lo-fi fuzziness thrown in. Once a resident at the long-running Livin’ Proof nights, before going on to run Grapefruit and Nice One parties, these days she’s holding down a monthly residency on Balamii and putting on her own club nights. Speaking of which, she’s throwing a party at The Carpet Shop in Peckham very soon (May 5) with Damali Tyson, Mislay, Ariane V, Soft Break, and Rani Rags also on deck.

Myna for Keep Hush

Since she started, Sheffield-hailing DJ Myna has been balancing seemingly disparate club sounds and for this latest set she took that concept further than ever. Building up to the clash of grime, pop, jungle, R&B, gabber and more from Mya Mehmi, Medis Marley, and Grove, Myna delivered an hour of slow-burning intensity. For the first half, she took us from simmering Amapiano, through house, funky and Afro-house, before apexing with a chopped-up remix of Pharaohe Monch, a B’more version of “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, and a club chimera of SL and 50 Cent.

Ollie Rant for Rinse FM

We can’t be 100% sure what prompted this grime history lesson, but it may have something to do with Ollie’s appearance at Rinse’s I Love: Grime all-nighter at Ministry Of Sound at the end of April. The line-up’s too massive to list here, but this should convince you to grab a ticket. A mix of vocal cuts and instrumentals, it’s an absolute overdose of nostalgia for casual grime fans and day ones alike, including gems from SLK, N*A*S*T*Y Crew, DJ Oddz, Roll Deep, plus Fresh, Napper and Shizzle’s vocal of “Cha”.


Building on an impressive, almost vertical rise these past couple of years, KIRA’s latest mix comes ahead of her appearance as part of BREACH’s XOYO takeover in May. As has become a bit of a calling card of late, this one sticks to the darker end of the D&B spectrum. Combining minimal, techy, with plenty of toughness and a few rollers for good measure, it’s hardly surprising she’s won the approval of both Hospital Records and the Metalheadz lot.

Bambii for HÖR Berlin

The antithesis of pretension and snobbery, there’s breakbeat, industrial, dancehall, jungle, garage, techno, and “15 other genres with annoying names”, as she puts it. Fun and dancefloor potential are the two pillars, but most important of all for Bambii is that everything she does celebrates and cements the place of Black innovators in the history books. It’s teeth-clenching rollercoaster ride from the outset, but the switch from Nia Archives into a Mary J. Blige club remix was nothing short of inspired.

Posted on March 31, 2023