TRENCH Radio 127: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: @eternallotus

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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AQ for Boiler Room

Harlem’s DJ AQ—born Kadija Bah—has been championing the club sounds of the African diaspora—Afro-house, Afrobeats, gqom and Amapiano—since she first took to the decks after finishing up her journalism degree at Buffalo State University. As the resident DJ in the women-led, NYC-based Tropical Jawn collective, AQ’s been bringing that SA heat to her hometown through the collective’s ongoing parties and cookouts since they formed in 2017. This week, however, she went north of the border for a set with Toronto’s Amaproblem crew. Joined on the bill by Miles Freedom, Hangaëlle, Minzi Roberta, G L O W Z, and our very own DJ Kwamzy, every mix is worth your time, but it was the simmering, barely contained intensity of AQ’s picks that edged her out in front. Proper heatwave music from the outset.

DJ Crisps for Electronic Subculture

At the top of this week, Netherlands-hailing DJ Crisps dropped off a nifty two-tracker for Rhythm Labs, the inaugural release in what looks like a new series titled “Experiment” (incidentally, there’s more news from the label hitting this weekend). A couple of days later, the Dutch DJ/producer toasted the new release with a brand new mix, showcasing a whole bunch of garage and club weaponry. Listen out for Main Phase’s stellar remix of Ridler and Riko Dan’s “Dem Can’t” plus under-the-radar gems from Longeez, Edmondson, Holloway, and more.

Front Left Life B2B Chamber 45 w/ Renz for Balamii

Catford duo Front Left Life—aka Jake and Louis—returned with another bang-up edition of their Balamii show this month. Sometimes garage, sometimes house, sometimes minimal tech or jungle or any number of bass-oriented sounds, this month the pair honed on grime and dubstep. Partnering with Chamber45, they went B2B (or B2B2B) for a two-hour run of heat from the likes of Roadside Gs, DJ Dreddy, and a screw face classic from Coki. As an added treat, they brought in Mr. WhoopDiDiDoo himself, Renz, for a 15-minute shell-down at the end.

yourboykiran for Mixmag

The multi-talented yourboykiran, a key figure in the Daytimers family, has made a career out of repurposing old favourites for the dancefloor. If you’re not already familiar, his ongoing Pound Shop Edits series on his Bandcamp is a fun rabbit hole to fall down, flipping pop classics into hard drum, bassline, Jersey club and more. If you need more persuading, start with this mix. Dubstep, Baile funk, UK funky, garage, Jersey club, footwork, grime, and a few other bits in the 140-160 range, are all sewn together with the lightest of touches. There are some pretty inspired combinations, not least the moment when Charli XCX is set against the MOOD$ flip of Mala’s “Changes”.

Oh Annie Oh for Pound And Yam

There were a few potential entries from Oh Annie Oh this week. A slightly more chilled selection of club jams for her Reprezent show is definitely worth a play and her riot-starting set at Colour Factory with Girls Don’t Sync looked lethal, but it was this set for online upstarts Pound And Yam that we’re spotlighting. Sticking squarely to the heaviest selections in her arsenal, this one meshes together grime, Jersey Club, drill, rap, garage, house, and more. Inventive blends and club edits abound, including an extra bassy rework of Kelis’ “Fool Me Once” and an inspired transition from Ghoulish’s jaw-breaking “On Sight” into Redders and Sam Binga’s fast-talking “Oh My Gosh”—and that really is just scratching the surface.


Posted on July 28, 2023