TRENCH Radio 128: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Almass Badat

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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Rohan Rakhit for Balamii

The omni-talented Rohan Rakhit returned to Balamii this week with one of his smoother outings. Still blending genres and still putting plenty of thump behind his sets, this one comes with a plentiful dose of deep house and some jazzy grooves to balance the jumpy, percussive heat of his UK funky, broken beat and garage that gradually ups the energy as the show progresses. A well-timed primer ahead of his appearances at We Out Here Festival and Lost Village

K2RAH for So Future

Still recovering from a broken ankle, K2RAH turned in a solo set for the latest edition of So Future. We’ve been treated to a lot of pan-global collabs recently and a good chunk of them have found their way into this mix. There’s BAMBii’s team-up with Ragz Originale and Dutch artist Lamsi, “Slip Slide”; South African singer Toya Delazey, Tash LC and Ahadadream’s “QOBA”; DJ Lag and Novelist’s “Bulldozer”; and there’s also a bunch of red hot solo gems from the likes of JD.Reid, Vigro Deep, Hagan, and more.

Kahn for Kiosk Radio

There are a few different sides to Bristol Kahn (who kicks off a six-date tour across India tomorrow), all of them revolving around towering sound systems and this new set is probably the most representative one we’ve personally heard. It’s a knowledgeable and passionate dive into the far-reaching influence of Caribbean sound system culture that still manages to unearth some surprising connections. Ominous dub thunder, warming reggae skankers, and scuzzy grime heaters all link up seamlessly as he takes us on a sprawling trek from Ranking Ann’s conscious meditations through to Jammz’s sharp-witted street talk.

Oblig for Just Jam

For the past few weeks, Oblig has been working closely with Tim & Barry on a series of curated events with Imprint. We’ve featured a couple of sets already, but we had to include the man himself this time. Every line-up—all of which Oblig curated and hosted—has been very heavily stacked, but this week in particular was a tight-run race. Narrowly beating out a dubby, percussive club set from Mia Koden, Oblig’s set put his peerless versatility on full display, finding common cause between throbbing dubstep, sludgy grime, pneumatic club music and pounding techno.

Dr. Dubplate for Rinse FM

Rinse FM returned to the rooftops this week for the latest in their Summer Terrace series, an EC2A special, featuring sets from DJ Cosworth, Skeptic, Longeez, Dual Monitor, and label boss Dr. Dubplate. Of course, they’re all worth checking out, but the latter was in his element with his fat stack of dubs and edits, including MizOrMac’s Mad About Bars rhymes set against pounding techno into a brutal rework of Conducta and Novelist’s “Get Busy With It”. There’s also a pretty heavy club take on “Roots Down” by Beastie Boys, who don’t get enough dancefloor edits, frankly.

DJ Swisha for NTS

Finding connections between footwork, club music, jungle, Ballroom, house music and so on have made the Juice Bounce Werk crew natural fits for our own patchwork club scene. With roots in L.A, Philadelphia and New York—DJ Swisha is particularly tapped into that way of thinking and his recent ‘power hour’ show on NTS is one of the best examples yet. An early highlight comes when he drops OSSX’s snappy club version of Kelela’s “Bruises” (which urgently needs a release) and they keep coming with cuts from DJ Sega, Helix, Denham Audio, Gunlock’s aptly-named heart-stopper “The Drumz”, and the title track from Swisha’s just-released EP Crazy If True.


Posted on August 04, 2023