TRENCH Radio 114: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Practice Laboratories

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.


Vanyfox for Trippin

Lisbon-based Angolan DJ Vanyfox couldn’t be better positioned to fly the flag for kuduro and batida. Both sounds have pulsing through Portugal’s underground club circuit for years now and Vanyfox and his cohorts have been gathering serious steam of late. Here he supplies a mix of largely his own productions, he supplements those homegrown picks with some gems from close friends and collaborators DJ Lycox, DJ ADAMM, and DJ Danifox, concluding with a localised spin on KG’s sizzling “Taboo”.

DJ Bempah for HÖR London

Now in the third week of their London take over, the HÖR lot have kept the line up absolutely stacked. It’s been overwhelmingly tough to pick out favourites, but this set from DJ Bempah just nudged past the others. His Scary Things show with JK on NTS is always worth a listen, but this set showcased more of his tastes beyond rap and drill. There was still a bunch of that, but this one’s all about the hybrids like the almost chilled house take on Junior Reid’s “One Blood” or the techno version of Sav’O and Horrid1’s “Violent Siblings” or Headie One’s Daily Duppy getting fused with Benga and Coki’s “Night”. We could go on, but suffice to say we all night to catch Bempah next time he’s booked at the dance.

Dobbs for Melodic Distraction

Possibly the purest distillation of the 2000s revival and the way it’s been filtered through a modern lens, this is also the most Dobbs mix ever. Dizzee, Whigfield, and bassline, it’s all in there and it sits well alongside modern-day club thunder from LCY, Sage Introspekt, and Saint Ludo. Plus some fresh takes on Zinc, Ice Spice, Adam F, and more. It’s landed at a good time for Dobbs, who you can catch at the upcoming Deep Medi takeover at fabric this time next week. Although, since she’s sharing the booth with Mala, Joker and co, it’s probably unlikely she’ll be dropping Whigfield, although we wouldn’t rule it out.

J Beatz B2B Mr Furious for Mode London

Jumping in front of the camera for their latest Mode show, J Beatz and I Am Grime regular Mr Furious went back-to-back once more with a fresh batch of the latest grime and dubstep picks. A mixture of new and unreleased gems from their network, listen out for some weighty numbers from Terror Danjah, Mystry, TC4, D.O.K, a generous stack of unreleased J Beatz joints and even an untitled production from the late, great Scholar.

Katarama for Department Of Civilian Dance

Just last month, Toronto-based Katarama celebrated a year of her absurdly fun Work That venture. Sadly, we’ve only been able to admire from a distance, but with this latest mix we can get a more substantial taste of what those nights in BSMT 254 are about. Recorded at home, this new mix is based on a set she played at another Toronto-based party, Department Of Civilian Dance, and features big, weighty doofers from Chimpo, Om Unit, Kooxla, Philip D Kick, Introspekt, DJ Swisha and more.

Fabio & Grooverider for Rinse FM

Kool FM relaunches this weekend, broadcasting its first low-end roar from the Rinse studios on Sunday. Geneeus and the team announced the full lineup of DJs they’ve got on board and it’s a balance of originators, veterans and new faces, some of whom are migrating from Rinse. Two such legends are Fabio & Grooverider, two titans of jungle and drum & bass who were there before either name had been coined. Giving us a taste of what’s to come on the revamped station, the pair spin together hurtling breaks and jungle while still making plenty of room for the splashes of funk, groove, soul, hip-hop, jazz and all the other bits of colour that set them apart.

Posted on April 21, 2023