TRENCH Radio 121: 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.


Nooriyah for DJ Mag

You might remember Middle Of Nowhere founder Nooriyah from her Boiler Room set earlier this year where she mixed alongside her father who supplemented her selections with a performance on the oud. That might be the most striking example, but blending her SWANA—South West Asia North Africa—heritage has always been central to her career. Weaving those traditional SWANA elements into London’s eclectic club scene has gone down a storm and she’s quickly becoming a sought-after name on deck (including a set at Glastonbury this year). If you need proof, take in her latest mix where Baile funk mixes of Megan Thee Stallion brush up against Omar Souleyman and Daddy Yankee mashups as well as a few of her own hybrid creations.

Martelo for NTS Radio

Glasgow-hailing Martelo was way ahead of the curve when he emerged with his globe-trotting record bag in the 2000s—it’s why he became a favourite of the Mad Decent crew and touring DJ for Santigold. Still razor-sharp as ever, his new set does a speed run through quite a few different sounds and styles, including house, garage, Afrobeats, various strains of jumpy club music, and plenty of plot twists and hairpin turns. You won’t find many sets that include a meld of Ivorian Doll’s “Rumours” and the “Pied Piper” riddim, an extra gloomy take on Giggs’ “The Essence”, and a downtempo piece of bedroom soul from dexter in the newsagent. Dizzying, to put it mildly.

Oppidan for Keep Hush

A couple of weeks ago, Love Saves The Day hit Bristol once again, taking over Ashton Court for the Bank Holiday Weekend, and footage has been trickling through streaming platforms ever since. Whether you were there and you want to relive it or you missed it and you want to punish yourself, Keep Hush’s takeover of The Lost Gardens stage with EC2A is worth revisiting in its entirety. It’s tough to pick only one, but this set from Oppidan just eeks out in front. Tirelessly building the crowd’s energy—almost from scratch, it seems—the NUKG selector sprints through garage, bassline, 2-step and so on, along with a massive stack of her own productions, most of which are unreleased (though hopefully not for long).

Ila Brugal B2B Tailor Jae for Rinse FM

Florence meets East London here. It’s hard to know what to expect from either of these two, both such ardent champions of the anything-goes approach and they’re a natural fit as a pairing. This time round it’s the dark, heavy and percussive end of their combined record bag, including the debut spin of a track they produced together. There aren’t any more details other than that, unfortunately, but that does at least suggest we’ll be seeing/hearing more of them as a duo.

Pent.1 B2B El B2B Delta for Balamii

Stepping in for Nancy June—who would usually hold down this time slot had she not been raving in the Bulgarian countryside—are Birmingham/London trio Pent.1, El, and Delta. Their selections are of a similar ilk to the weighty, bassier end of Nancy’s wildly varied record bag, focusing particularly on all things 140, so lots of sludgy dubstep, loads of bassy grime, and some breaks here and there. They’re already regular fixtures on Subtle Radio, but the more observant of you will recognise their names from their increasingly frequent appearances on pretty much every other station, too.

Posted on June 09, 2023