TRENCH Radio 122: 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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Last Nubian w/ Flat White Chris for Balamii

Joined by Chris of Leicester-based outfit Flat White Records, highly versatile DJ and producer Last Nubian’s latest show captured this almost unpleasantly hot heatwave perfectly, balancing bursts of energy with healing downtime. Highlights include an uplifting house gem from Kerri Chandler, a lot of funk swagger, a bit of cosmic jazz noodling from Aquarian Dream, some soulful ascension from James Mason, and all manner of invigorating music to nourish and cleanse every fibre of your being. There are plenty of dancefloor moments, but this combo of club cuts and headphone jams is best enjoyed outside.

Nammy Wams for Croydon FM

Drill’s crossover potential, particularly with grime and Jersey Club, is by now the worst-kept secret in music, but it’s far from a recent discovery. Long before it was popular, people Nammy Wams were toying around with various hybrid combinations, thrashing out the rules of what works on his essential Croydon FM show. Still ahead of the curve, these days his shows are even more unpredictable. This week, the likes of Bok Bok, KG, and Neana went up against Nicki Minaj, Ice Spice, and emerging hybrid producers like New York’s Lowkeymali and Eliasbeats. And if you’ve got a few spare pounds for a ticket and the Eurostar, you can catch him in the dance at the Paradoxe Club in Paris tomorrow, June 17.

Liyo for FACT

Now two months into her new time slot on NTS with HE4RTBROKEN collaborator Steff, Belgian DJ Liyo this week flew solo with a FACT mix of the kind of emotionally ruinous dance music you can expect from the radio show. Prepare to get a bit weepy with this hour of bittersweet breaks, wistful club cuts, and quite a few outright tearjerkers, including an expertly deployed Suzanne Vega’s ultimate anthem of solitude, “Tom’s Diner”. Even then, it’s not without its dry humour, not least the decision to start with, you guessed it, T2 and Jodie Aysha’s “Heartbroken”.

Low End Activist for Rinse FM

Oxford-born, Berlin-based Low End Activist continues his storming Rinse FM residency. It’s been almost a year to the day since he released his album, Hostile Utopia, but if you’ve heard it, it will certainly have stuck with you. Even here, spinning other producers’ tracks, his radio show still carries a lot of that tension and heaviness. The allusions to social deprivation and disparity might not be overt, but the ominous low-end, sinister bass weight and occasionally overwhelming plunges into grime, dubstep, breaks and a few other stops on the continuum might still evoke some of those feelings of unease.

T-Cuts for Subtle Radio

Two weeks tomorrow (July 1), jungle head and Mined Records boss T-Cuts is heading to Deptford for Aaja’s perfectly named Bunning Man where he’s going B2B with Swankout on a line-up with Benton, Local Group, West Norwood Cassette Library and a whole bunch of others. Ahead of that, he turned in a hefty primer show for Subtle Radio. Brace yourself for roughneck jungle, helter-skelter hardcore, and some turntable trick shots, ultimately building to an even more intense final leg of extra raw Amen smackers, spaghetti western gunshots, sirens, and looping ragga missives.


Posted on June 16, 2023