TRENCH Radio 133: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Darcey Axon

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.


DJ P Montana’s ‘Afrobeats & Amapiano Summer 23’ Mix

As we enjoy the last death throes of summer, P Montana (and a couple of others on this list) snuck in with some last-minute entries under the ‘Summer Mix’ banner. First up is DJ P Montana with his retrospective of the best Afrobeats and Amapiano scorchers. P’s retrospectives rarely miss, but this year he’s been spoiled with so much material this latest set is one of his best. The highlights come thick and fast, including Bayanni, Oxlade and Dave, Asake and Olamide, and of course, “Talibans”.

AB Dollars for Rinse FM

Another mix capitalising on the most incendiary, fiery potential of Amapiano, this one comes from London-based selector AB Dollars, one of the new class of residents to join Rinse this year. If you caught her Nigerian Independence Day mix this time last year, or any of her regular appearances at clubs across the capital, you’ll already be well-versed in her brand of hot and heavy Afrobeats, Afro-Pop and Amapiano, but for this one it’s the scorching pulse of the latter sound that sets pace.

JayemKayem B2B Freeza Chin @ Bastids BBQ Calgary

Toronto DJs JayemKayem and Freeza Chin have been tight allies for years now and their bond is palpable when they’re on deck together. They’ve played a bunch of sets together this summer, including opening the first ever dedicated UK rap stage at Toronto’s Veld Music Festival. However, this latest one, recorded at Skratch Bastid’s long-running traveling BBQ party, is JK and FC right in their element. Nothing but club edits from start to finish, everyone from Blackstreet to the Prodigy and Daniel Bedingfield through Afro B and Coi Leray gets filtered through a 2023 club lens. Fun and irreverence above all.

Bassline 309 for Subtle Radio

Philadelphia’s appreciation of grime and garage is nothing new. Starkey and Dev79’s Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey labels have been flying the flag since the early 2000s—and they’re not the only ones. The elusive host of the Bassline 309 show on Subtle has been championing garage and bassline in particular for a while now. A mix of up-to-the-minute newness and solid-gold classics, this latest show is a pretty good indicator of what to expect. Featuring 60 minutes of UKG and garage house, listen out for jewels from Todd Edwards, Sunship, N’n’G, and The Heavyweight Kru.

Anz’s ‘Spring/Summer Dubs 2023’

This week, Anz uploaded her “Spring/Summer Dubs 2023” mix, a collection of recent productions, edits and so on. Announcing the new mix, she took to Instagram to apologise for the delay, but between the launch of her OTMI label, the Clearly Rushing EP on Hessle Audio and the All Hours EP on Ninja Tune, we hadn’t even noticed any sort of absence. Spanning funk, piano and soulful strains of house, some acid, some perc trax and the rest of her expansive palette, it also came with a stunning woodblock print artwork, created by Japanese printmaker Hasui Kawase and designed by herself and Plum Trash.

Mi-El for Boiler Room

Recorded back in May, just a week after making her Panorama Bar debut at REEF, Pulling Threads host MI-EL whipped up a beast of a set for this night hosted by Tash LC. Pitting grime and drill MCs against upfront house and techno has been a popular concept this year and MI-EL takes it further than most, including a bruising take on “Pow 2011”. Elsewhere, the hybrids continue with an Eski revamp of OFB and a particularly skull-rattling, jungle-meets-footwork maelstrom near the end.

Posted on September 08, 2023