TRENCH Radio 125: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Jake Green

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.


Zaleel for Pound And Yam

Zaleel and his fellow Cousins party starters A.G, and Manara, Basmati have been on a pretty stellar run of late—their upcoming crossover night with the Prestige Pak family at Peckham’s Carpet Shop on July 22 will be the next jewel in their crown—so it’s no surprise to learn that Zaleel’s in high demand himself. His latest set, recorded for rising platform Pound And Yam, is a pretty solid snapshot of what his mixes are about. Set against the background of a London Underground train, Zaleel takes us through his collection of pop and R&B, filtered through the lens of garage, funky, breaks, and a few other club sounds for good measure.

BadSeed for Genre Fluid

Though now based in Australia, UK-born BadSeed is still flying the flag for homegrown club music. It’s a no-filler mix and she crams a lot in, including Plastician, HudMo and Nikki Nair, Clipz, and The Bug, plus Kobe JT and GHSTLY XXVII’s impossible-to-tire-of “Doing It Major”. Most importantly, with Carnival season pretty much upon us—depending on where you are in the world—this run through the full range of (mostly) UK sound system pressure is the perfect primer to help you ignore the weather and get in the spirit.

Scratcha DVA w/ Omagoqa for Rinse FM

For a good few years now, Scratcha DVA, aka Scratchlart, has been probably the UK’s loudest advocate for gqom and the other overlapping South African club sounds. Between his radio shows and club sets, he’s used every available resource to throw the spotlight onto the various developments over there. Appearing on Rinse this week, Scratcha brought with him a Durban trio to get some more ears on their unique take on gqom—dubbed 'uThayela’, which roughly translates to “corrugated iron”, apparently. It’s harder and faster take on the gqom sound, and something the trio explore in even more detail on their 2022 EP Back To Ebombeni, which coincidentally recently got a deluxe re-release on The Other Side Recordings.

Travs Presents for Tim & Barry

Since causing a stir with his explosive sweatbox Kindred set earlier this year, Travs Presents has been hailed a hero in the grime scene. That set delivered a lightning bolt of energy, packing some of the new gen’s most exciting talents into the small shopfront for a mic-passing session that felt like a return to grime at its most kinetic best. Travs had been putting in plenty of work before that, of course, but that proved to be a turning point and his stock has since sharply risen. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before he was invited by Tim & Barry for a Just Jam session. Curated and hosted by Oblig, Travs brings in Chamber 45, SI*BL, M.I.C, Jammz, Renz, Rawza, Kruz Leone, Kibo, and NTN for an electrifying barring session—a well-deserved victory lap for one of the key figures in grime’s next chapter.

Martha & Mantra for NTS

This week, the ever-versatile Martha connected with Rupture selector DJ Mantra for an hour of D&B and jungle. It’s been remarked plenty of times before, but Mantra’s strength is her ability to sniff out D&B that’s subtle, nuanced and emotive, but still packs a punch on the dancefloor. That’s particularly true of this recent set, no doubt in part down to Martha—whose sets are about more eclectic and global in scope than you can imagine—and their chemistry on deck shines throughout. Hopefully these two will make a habit of DJing together, but in the meantime you can catch Mantra (B2B with Coco Bryce) tonight at fabric where she’s sharing Room 1 with NAINA, Digital B2B Source Direct, and none other than A Guy Called Gerald and Goldie.

Posted on July 14, 2023