TRENCH Radio 113: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Taormina Miller

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.

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Mia Koden for Ilian Tape

Towards the end of last year, dubstep duo Sicaria Sound made the announcement that they would be going their separate ways. After briefly toying with the idea of knocking it on the head altogether, they instead decided that Lou would carry the Sicaria name forward while Sancha will be returning to her Mia Koden alias. For the past few months they’ve both been solidifying their respective ventures and this latest mix from Mia Koden goes along way to setting out her sound and intended trajectory. Dubstep’s still a central element, but from that starting point, Sancha plots a course through techno, electro, breaks, 2-step, and some pretty way-out club experiments.

Plastician for HÖR London

Switching up their usual tiled settings, all this month HÖR have been hosting sets over here in London. So far they’ve had a bunch of local heroes, including Jam City, Jeremy Sylvester, Mella Dee, Oneman, Tim Reaper, DJ Perception and many, many more. The highlight of the past week’s batch has been Plastician who’s made a heroic effort of trying to cover as much of his broad and eclectic palette as possible, squeezing in garage, electro, grime, techno, dubstep, breaks and more. Whether or not the German bathroom people decide to keep a permanent outpost over here remains to be seen, but it would be a shame if this were just a fleeting venture.

Laelo Black for Rinse FM

Another of the trusted selectors invited to welcome the HÖR Berlin lot to our capital was Laelo Black. The long bank holiday scuppered our plans to spotlight that mix (which was last week and is also on YouTube), but she was back at her usual home of Rinse this week. Serving up another session of crunchy broken beat, house and Amapiano, she also mixed in a few moments of percussive funk, plenty of warmth, and a mesmerising joint from Argentine producer Facundo Mohrr. And, as testament to her ‘piano credentials, she’ll also be on deck for Honey Dijon’s Final Frontier night at Printworks on April 23 alongside Major League DJz and more.

Zubz for Gyal In Notts

Born in Sheffield but now calling Manchester her home, Mondo Radio and Komrad regular (and also actor) Zubz Newman (or just ‘Zubz’ for short) is a regular fixture on dancefloors either side of the Pennines, but her latest set is for East Midlands platform Gyal In Notts. Ringing the death knell for grey skies and wet weather, Zubz’s latest mix takes in 4x4, garage, 2-step, bassline, and various 140 strains including Gemi, a couple of salute gems, a Janet Jackson bootleg, The Wideboys, and Conducta’s recent take on Maverick Sabre’s stone-cold classic “I Need”.

Kai Barrett B2B Skog for 1020 Radio

Technically recorded last week but it’s only just hit SoundCloud, this one from Kai Barrett and Skog packs a mighty punch. Grime and drill sit at the heart of this power hour, but only in the loosest sense. Taking a similar approach to a lot of the grime/drill/club music hybrids that are tearing up dancefloors right now, the pair hone in on the tougher, faster and more intense elements. Unpredictable but completely cohesive, they pull together seemingly disparate creations from Nammy Wams, Lolingo, Strictface, Duppy, OH91, plus possibly the biggest highlight: a warped-to-the-point-of-abrasive take on Meekz’s hall-of-fame verse on “Year Of The Real” from Daseplate & Dunman.


Posted on April 14, 2023