TRENCH Radio 115: 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.

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Y3KMish for Balamii

As much as we love a bit of bouncy garage or roughneck jungle ahead of a Big Night, we have occasionally neglected to appreciate the value of some nice, warming slow-burners to get the pre-game started off at a healthy pace. Y3KMish, of Y3K Club fame, made her debut on Balamii just a few months ago, but this latest selection of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and Amapiano was the one that caught our ear. It’s basically a 55-minute, good old-fashioned, pass-the-aux singalong. Not every day deep cuts, sometimes we want the hits and that’s okay.

Neffa-T’s 6 Deck Technical Mix

Neffa-T’s on-deck wizardry has been the stuff of legend for some time now. When we talk about applying turntablism to grime we, of course, have to salute DJ Cable, but Neffa-T’s six-deck hijinks just defy everything we thought we knew. And you know what, besides being a technical feat of wonder, it also sounds bloody good and is still absolutely guaranteed to keep your feet moving.

Martyn B2B Om Unit for Hast Du Feuer

Last week, masters of the sub, Martyn and Om Unit released their latest collaborative EP, Aj^6, a slick and thorough run through some of the different facets of their combined sound, from light-footed techy bits to colourful tropical moments and quite a bit between. Not long before the EP dropped, the pair hit Hast Du Feuer event in Washington, DC for an immersive dive into the lower frequencies. Heavy and bassy, but given plenty of energy by the flashes of sprightly 2-step and driving techno.

Brockie & Det’s ’94 Set for Kool FM

It’s been all go over at Rinse FM lately. Last Sunday, after far too long, Eastman and Suzy G's beloved D&B/jungle institution Kool FM returned to the airwaves thanks to Geeneus and co, bringing with them a mix of Kool veterans and new-gen upsetters. Falling in the former category were the mighty, the untouchable Brockie & Det, who took us right back to 1994, kicking off with a faultlessly cool intro from Det before launching into joyous overdose of nostalgia. Ravers of a certain age will no doubt get a bit misty-eyed and for everyone else, this is a rare and authentic look at the era of ravey jungle and hardcore that’s still as potent and influential as it was back then.

Jamiu B2B Nectax for Rinse FM

This week, Jamiu, fka DJ Perspective, gave us a look into the most intense, percussive end of his record bag as he continues to acquaint us with this new alias in this B2B with Stereo45 boss Nectax. It’s a broad spread of punishing jungle and footwork, but even this is just a narrow glimpse of what he’s about. After this, check out Jamiu’s Don’t Miss EP from 2020 for a cocktail of spartan funky, electro, and touches of grime and trap and you’ll begin to get more of a picture—and keep an eye out for his upcoming Lords EP dropping Friday, May 5.


Posted on April 28, 2023