TRENCH Radio 119: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Davit Giorgadze

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.


DJ Kwamzy for Reprezent

At the top of this month, Reprezent launched the 100, a new series of DJ mixes to run separately from their usual broadcasting schedule. Each mix is 30 minutes long and filmed under some swanky lighting, but the crucial bit is each mix focuses solely on that DJ/producer’s own productions, remixes and edits. They kicked off with Kiwi Records mainstay Gemi and for the latest, they’ve tapped Amapiano standard bearer DJ Kwamzy. Of course, a producer as prolific as Kwamzy had plenty to choose from for this mix, but if you’re in the Toronto area you’ll be pleased to know that on top of these heaters, he’s also been cooking up even more new tunes with J Slayz ahead of his Boiler Room set on June 3.

Taiko for Rhythmic Culture

Sheffield’s Taiko has been putting in the hours in the dubstep scene for a good few years now, earning the kudos of its key players with releases on Albion Collective, Infernal Sounds, White Peach, and most recently, Sicaria’s Cutcross Recordings. Ahead of his next release on Cutcross—a joint effort with nova that appears to be the label’s last—Taiko hit the Rhythm Culture team with this session of dubstep at its chuggiest, grimiest best.

Riz La Teef for Rinse FM

There’s a pretty good argument to have Riz La Teef featured in this column every week, but the same could be said of quite a few Rinse regulars. Still, arbitrary, self-imposed rules are still rules. We did, however, have to include this dubstep vinyl and acetate special from the dubplate king. If you were around for that glorious time in the late 2000s, when dubstep was picking up the pace, but not too much, when the dub element was still the core and every record sounded like it was sandblasted with weed smoke and encrusted with dust, this could well make you a little misty-eyed.

Medley P B2B Silas w/ Snowy, M.I.C, Rawza for lowertone

Of all the success stories to come out of the 2020 no-playing-out times, Leicester station lowertone hasn’t been quite celebrated enough, at least outside of the Midlands. Founded by Harvey Shergill, it’s already proven itself as a platform for underground music and a sorely-needed outpost outside of London. It’s attracting the right talent, too; this week, Medley P and Silas (sort of) went B2B for a massive shell-down set with M.I.C, Snowy, and Rawza. Medleh and Silas keep them on their toes with an eclectic selection of beats, but grime’s still the focus. Best of all, if you move quickly you might be able to catch Snowy along with Riz La Teef, Neffa-T, Spyro, and Sharnie at Festival2Funky, which coincidentally is a joint venture between lowertone, One8t, Moov, and Shan.

Jayda G for Boiler Room

Born in Canada but currently based in London, Jayda’s been pretty much universally respected from the get-go, balancing a genuinely thoughtful approach to music-making (just take a look at the backstory behind her debut album Guy if you don’t believe us) with a fun-above-all approach to the dancefloor. Beaming from ear-to-ear the second she hits play on Moodymann’s meandering groover “People”, it’s clear she’s having the most fun of everyone in that room. From there, we’re taken on a stomping, funk-heavy trip through her record bag, including a midsection trio of her own productions, a C+C Music Factory classic, some Floorplan, D’Angelo and her remix of Taylor Swift.

Theodor Black for Balamii

South Londoner Theodor Black is currently being celebrated as one of the bright young stars of the “alternative” scene, showing scant regard for genre boundaries to produce some seamless and effortlessly cool combinations of indie, rap and electronica. He’s a force to be reckoned with as an artist in his own right, but this week we got an ever-welcome reminder that he’s just as magnetic on the 1s and 2s. Jumping into the Balamii studio for one of their filmed sets, he showed he’s just as skilled at blending club styles with this hour of glitchy footwork, melodic D&B, extra heavy Jersey Club and jungle, and a little bit of 2-step for good measure.

Posted on May 26, 2023