TRENCH Radio 134: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Jorian Charlton

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.


Y U QT for Balamii

Leicester lads Y U QT have been working tirelessly to shore up their reputation as producers and DJs since 2019. They’ve released on Kiwi Records, Time Is Now, Shall Not Fade, and South London Pressings over the years. There’s not a drab tune amongst them, but this year they found their biggest smash yet—a rumbling, bassy number called “Y’all Ready For Dis”, which they quickly followed up with the equally rowdy “Let It Go”.

SI*BL w/ Renz for Kindred

It was SI*BL’s 27th birthday yesterday, so he decided to celebrate the right way by getting Renz, whose birthday was just a couple of weeks ago, to come and join him on a joint birthday set at the Kindred store. Smacking up tunes left, right and centre, it’s a loose and lively one with no strict agenda. The energy in the room’s infectious, especially if you’re heading out tonight, but with Chamber45, M.I.C and the rest of their pals in the shopfront, the video promises to be a treat when it drops.

Ambient Babestation Meltdown for Viscera

At the very least, you’ll instantly recognise the name Ambient Babestation Meltdown. Impossible to pin down or predict, ABM’s selections feel like a mix passed between friends, taking sharp left turns into anything from acid techno, speed garage, ‘90s hardcore or ‘80s German punk or perhaps something from her famously well-stocked collection of obscure TV samples, spoken word and even more out-there sources.

Chico Blanco for MARICAS

Chico Blanco from Granada, Spain is nothing if not fun. His recent single, “Enamoradode”, deservedly got a load of attention for its shuffling low-end rhythms, not to mention the strangely hypnotising family photo video and the jaw-breaking remix from DJ Babatr. Much of that same energy (slinky sexiness, irreverent humour and punishing rhythms, respectively) can be found in this new mix of his, including everything from Sam Binga and Addison Groove to a Happy Mondays remix that’s aged surprisingly well.

myst milano. for DJ Mag

A longstanding pillar of Toronto’s Ballroom community, dancefloor alchemist myst milano. is all about the high-impact, fiery, and explosive, and every bit of that shines through in this very mix. Here, the Canadian producer, DJ, and rapper applies that to heart-stopping, drum-heavy club slammers where Bun B and Three 6 Mafia run up against DJ Polo and Duke Dumont. You’ll no doubt recognise almost all of the selections here, but the real magic is in the presentation, in the dramatic about-turns and unexpected twists.

Posted on September 15, 2023