TRENCH Radio 117: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Amie Frett

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.


Anz’s Piano Tunes Vol. 3 for NTS Radio

Following on from the two volumes that bookended 2021, Anz is bBack with another dose of piano-based movers. Taking us on a thorough trip through the decades, she touches on quite a few different shades of house music (and hardcore), including glorious mood-boosters from K-Klass, Bizarre Inc, Alison Limerick, and more. As is tradition, she’s also included what she calls a “questionable one” which turns out to be a far bigger banger than it has any right to be.

Charms for Radio Primavera Sound

Festival season is more or less upon us and the first of many Primavera Sound festivals this year is fast approaching. As part of their ongoing After Dark series, they drafted in Manchester DJ Charms for a session of full-bodied dancefloor picks spanning Afrotech, Amapiano, UK funky, Afro-house, and bassline from the likes of LR Groove, Fallow, Scratcha, DJ Polo, Tribal Brothers and more.

Jeremy Sylvester’s ‘Speed Garage Coronation’ Mix for Rinse FM

We know it wasn’t that long ago that we last featured Jeremy in this column and we also know that the Coronation was a week ago now, but the thought of celebrating our new Lizard King with some helter-skelter speed garage was simply too much for us to resist. Super fast, super fun, and glazed in enough sugar to make your teeth rot—as all good speed garage should be. And don’t worry, the Coronation connection begins and ends with the title, so sadly no 4x4 remix of “Rule Britannia”.

Dr Dubplate for Mixmag

It’s been non-stop for Dr Dubplate and his dubplate delivery service ec2a lately. Tonight, he’s hitting fabric with Conducta for a massive ec2a takeover and that’s just one pitstop in a massive two-month UK and European tour that he’s currently in the midst of. Also on that schedule is an appearance at Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival and as a primer for that, he recently set up some decks at Stokes Croft barbershop Shambarber for a 90-minute battering ram of big, noisy garage and bassline stompers, peaking with a 4x4 take on “Original Nuttah”.

Madam X, Hedchef & Tom Place for Area 3000

For the past couple of weeks, Kaizen label boss Madam X has been traveling across Australia and New Zealand for her brilliantly named The Big Bad Knifey Spoony Tour. That wraps up tomorrow in Melbourne, but before she returns to us she connected with local lad Hedchef and London-based Tom Place for a radio set focusing on UK-oriented dance music. Lots of rumbling low-end and bassbin rattlers here as they pull together everything from electro and techno to garage, dubstep and beyond.

RP Boo for The Footwork Jungle

The Footwork Jungle platform put out its 100th mix recently and to steer the ship they called on footwork’s most seasoned veteran, RP Boo, a DJ and producer whose ’97 production “Baby Come On” is considered by many to be the first ever footwork track. As luck would have it, RP also just put out Legacy Vol. 2 via Planet Mu today, a follow-up to his landmark debut album from 2013. This mix is a storming, adrenaline shot of drum-heavy funk for sure, but it also gives a pretty comprehensive look at all the different directions it can be pulled, from the soulful to the funky to the dirty to the overwhelmingly intense. Listen up, class is in session.

Posted on May 12, 2023