TRENCH Radio 129: 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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DJ unt.il for HalfMoonBK

Brooklyn-born online station Half Moon BK—founded by Surf Allah to “make dance music Black again”—continues to make good on its promise to decolonise dance music. It’s grown significantly in scope since its foundation in 2018, inspiring a raft of creatives to join up and expand the platform’s reach. Take, for example, DC-based DJ unt.il who launched the ‘Forbidden Mixes’ series under Half Moon’s umbrella in May this year. The fourth installment landed recently and, ostensibly, the theme this month was D&B edits, but that’s just a small part of it, including finding connections between ‘90s D&B and 2000s stateside rap and R&B, and a Modjo/BBK edit you might find yourself wheeling up more than a few times.

Sam Binga presents Pineapple for Rinse FM

It feels like an age since SWU left the airwaves, taking with it keystone shows like the Critical Music monthly outing. However, both SWU and the Critical show (along with a few other staples from the Bristol station) are on their way back, we’re told, but in the meantime, Sam Bingo took to the Rinse airwaves for a one-off show focusing on his own label, Pineapple Records. In loose terms, it’s essentially an informal showcase for Binga and the extended Pineapple family with a packed hour of rap, bassline, grime, techno, reggaeton, and absolutely tonnes more. Whether this is a permanent thing or just a little treat to tide us over, it’s a welcome one.

Skream B2B Interplanetary Criminal w/ Trim for Tim & Barry

We’ve been on tenterhooks waiting for this one to be uploaded. A combination that’s unlikely to be repeated too soon—not least because of Trim’s tendency towards elusiveness. That said, it looks as if Trim might be a little less elusive, at least for now, having put a couple of new bits up on his Bandcamp page. Fingers crossed we do see more of him, because he was on top form, letting some of those new bars loose, along with some old favourites, while Skream and Interplanetary Criminal indulged in an hour of mostly garage, grime and bassline belters old and new, which Trim readily jumped all over, with the occasional bit of house music thrown in to keep everyone on their toes. This Tim & Barry, Skream, Interplanetary Criminal and Trim all right in their element and absolutely thriving.

Bluetoof for Mixmag

Taking a slightly different approach to the groundwork he lays before a club set or radio show, for this new mix Bluetoof sat down to piece together a concept “themed around the idea of teleporting between ancient Morocco and present day”. There’s also a lot of common ground with his Diggin A Hole three-tracker, which he released earlier this year via his own Infa Red Recordings. It’s still rooted in a lot of the sounds and styles that should be familiar if you catch his sets regularly, but as thoroughly danceable as it is, the mixture of light and dark textures, spiralling drum patterns, and little pockets to get lost in make this a really special one from the South London-based Scot.

Ghosty w/ Basic Rhythm for Aaja Music

Dentist/DJ Ghosty has had a fruitful year so far, not least the launch of his new radio show on Aaja Music in May. The third edition of the show went out this week and joining him on deck was Anthoney Hart under his Basic Rhythm guise. The invitation, Ghosty writes on his Instagram was long overdue: “This guy is one of the most forward-thinking jungle producers atm and since I heard his killer DJ skills in a recording from a Rupture night I knew I needed him on the show.“ Splitting the show down the middle, it’s Ghosty for the first hour, Hart for the second, and nothing but D&B and jungle thunder throughout.


Posted on August 11, 2023