TRENCH Radio 135: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith

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 Fart In The Club for NTS

This time next week, DJ Fart In The Club will be making her debut appearance at The Pickle Factory alongside JM Moser where they’ll be bringing their Berlin-based club night Imaginary Friend. Ahead of that, she took to the decks for her monthly NTS show for a timely warm-up session. It’s anyone’s guess what her selections might look like when she does hit our shoes, but it was a largely bass and techno affair with cuts from Wen, Bluetoof, Ciel, and a “Dubtrancetekno Remix” of Mala’s “Anti War Dub” by Australian DJ and producer D. Tyrone.

JD. Reid for Rinse FM

It’s been a great year for JD. Reid. As a producer, he’s been knocking it out of the park with credits including Bodur and KAM-BU, as well as assuming executive producer duties on Mahalia’s IRL—not to mention dropping off the sixth edition of his ongoing Edits series. Now all that’s out in the world, he seems to be DJing a bit more. Ahead of an appearance at Halogenix’s first-ever Gemini Music Club in November, Reid took to the airwaves once again with newness and classics from Yussef Dayes, Kaytranada, Jon Phonics, Kush Jones, DJ Swisha, 4am Kru, Madvillain, Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, and much, much more.

Tadleeh for FACT

Indian-born, Italy-based Tadleeh made her debut with her current moniker in 2019, having previously made inroads with a brand of techno and club music infused with influences from her Indian heritage. Since the switch in aliases, she’s gone deeper and deeper into her love of all things breaks and bass. That’s basically the backbone of this new mix as she focuses on finding common threads between musicians and producers from all over, including UK talents like Anz, Interplanetary Criminal, and Bakongo as well as Berlin-based Objekt, Ukraine’s DiSKOP, and Milanese producer Katatonic Silentio.

Sir Spyro B2B C4 B2B Preditah for Dats Right Radio

Roughly a year ago, Preditah launched his own Dats Right Radio, an online platform hosted on his own Mixcloud that gave him an outlet to spin basically anything he liked (it’s also home to a new three-track EP he just dropped called Darkside III). House, bassline, garage, Amapiano, grime, it all got at least one dedicated show. He’s been a little quiet on that front this year, but a few days ago he brought back with a bang for a B2B2B show with Sir Spyro and C4 who handles mic duties. An unexpected treat, but hopefully not the last time these three jump on the airwaves together.

Machinedrum & Holly @ 天の川 release party

Three weeks ago, Machinedrum released 天の川 (River Of Heaven), a collaborative six-track EP with Portuguese DJ/producer Holly. Blending grimey stabs and dubstep midrange with Eastern motifs, each track trod a careful line between tough club thunder and feather-lite melodies. To celebrate, they connected with LA party-starters Brownies & Lemonade for a big warehouse party a couple of weeks ago, and the recording’s just gone online. Thought it leans a little more towards the harder, energetic side, with plenty of jungle, grime and dubstep, they still make space for the gentler moments for contrast.

Dwarde for Electronic Subculture

Having spent a good chunk of the summer smashing clubs as one-quarter of an all-star team of junglists that includes Sully, Tim Reaper, and Coco Bryce, Dwarde is now back on a solo tip. He’s bagged himself a residency on the newly returned Kool FM and he’s got a set at the next Distant Planet at Venue MOT at the end of the month. Before that, he dropped off this fresh mix for Electronic Subculture, full of speaker-blowing breaks and bass goodness. He’s included a chunk of his own creations in there (collabs with FFF, Friske, Gand, and Tim Reaper, and a remix of Ramu’s “Leelow”) plus heat from Sempra, The Chalice Crew, and more.

Posted on September 22, 2023