TRENCH Radio 124: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Sarah de Burgh

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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Yuseemi @ St. Paul’s Carnival

Notting Hill might still be a little way off, but if you wanted to crank up the anticipation a little bit more, you’ll be happy to know it was Bristol’s celebration of all things Caribbean this week. One of many treats on offer was a series of sets put on by Tom Koast and DJ K-Stylz aka See No Evil. Their set is definitely worth your time, as was European 305’s, but it was this pure dancehall set from Yuseemi, otherwise known as Hi5Ghost, that eked out in front. Stepping away from his alter ego’s usual grimey, dubby business, his Yuseemi output is pure Carnival fuel. For big bassbins only.

Kassian for Origins Sound

It feels like Kassian’s Faux Poly label has been going for a lot longer than a year, but that just goes to show how much the pair have crammed into the last 12 months. That doesn’t seem to have slowed them down in the studio though, because their latest mix is at least 50% their own productions. They’ve kept this latest one to mostly house music, supplementing their own productions with tracks from the likes of Pangaea, ItaloJohnson, and DJ ADHD, but it’s not all strictly house, with a few percussive bouncers thrown into keep the feet moving.

Benteki @ Phonox

This week, Steel City Dance Discs closed out their five-week residency at Brixton’s Phonox. The label, founded in Newcastle, Australia, has been over here throwing some pretty bonkers parties every Friday since the start of June. For this final show, which looks like it was the maddest of all, they invited Surusinghe, Bluetoof, Brisbane duo X Club, and Reprezent mainstay Benteki for an intense, sweatbox dance. Thankfully, for those who weren’t there, Benteki has uploaded his set to SoundCloud so you can dig into all the garage, bass, breaks, etc. that he spun on the night.

Fabio & Grooverider for Mixmag

This year, as we all know, marks 75 years since HMT Empire Windrush first arrived in the UK. As part of the celebrations and reflections on the Caribbean culture to which we owe so much, Mixmag invited jungle and D&B pioneers Fabio & Grooverider for a heads down, straight-up session of bass and breaks. Through their historic and unimaginably influential RAGE parties, the pair were pivotal in the evolution of D&B, jungle, hardcore and rave music in general. From roughneck junglism to smooth liquid D&B, from Alix Perez to Calibre, the entire spectrum’s represented here, and pretty much none of it would exist without them.

Crystallmess for Boiler Room

Since debuting in 2018 with her Mere Noises EP, Paris-based DJ, producer and multimedia artist Crystallmess has been on a hell of a journey. Her sets—typically drawing on Afrofuturism, footwork, Jersey Club, hardcore, dancehall, techno, trance and much, much more—have taken her across the world, but no appearance was more surprising than her set in the middle of Frank Ocean’s headline slot at Coachella. It’s all par for the course, though, as was this blinding power-hour at Primavera recently. Rave classics old and new abound here, but always with an unexpected twist.


Posted on July 07, 2023