TRENCH Radio 136: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Courteney Frisby

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.


Yoofee for Keep Hush

A gifted composer and pianist (he’s been playing since he was just four years old), Berlin-based Yoofee’s background is in jazz, but he’s also steadily building a reputation as a selector in the overlapping worlds of dubstep, garage, grime, broken beat, drawn to the syncopated drum patterns, irregular rhythms that are central to both jazz and underground club culture. He recently took part in Rhythm Section’s Keep Hush takeover in Berlin, spinning what is essentially a love letter to UK soundsystem culture. Though some of the selections may sound moody at times, he’s done well to emphasise the heat, the passion, and the grooves that give our homegrown club scene its soul.

Riz La Teef B2B Katya for Rinse FM

Whether it’s grime MCs applying their 16s to existing electro instrumentals or producers like Sir Hiss fusing grime and electro to make their own hybrids, the intermingling of grime and electro is one of the most surprising—and fruitful—innovations on UK dancefloors in recent times. Two seemingly disparate worlds that actually have a lot in common, that relationship is explored even further here and it’s hard to think of two better ambassadors for each sound. Reuniting a year after they first explored this combo together, Riz La Teef brings an encyclopaedic, towering collection of 140 badness which Katya tempers with frosty, futuristic slickness.

Boofy for Crack Magazine

This new mix from Boofy skilfully balances a few different things. It’s a comprehensive cross-section of his own well-stocked and varied record bag, and it’s also a snapshot of the future of his tempo-setting label Sector 7 Sounds—a shining example of his effectiveness as a set-builder and curator. For many, Boofy and Sector 7 are synonymous with grime and dubstep’s most atmospheric and evocative potential, but this mix shows there’s a whole lot more to them both. Very little of this mix is easy to categorise—the man himself calls it an intro to “Boofy 2.0”—but what you can say is that it’s one of the better representations of how wildly innovative UK club culture is in 2023.

Shy One for Balamii

Shy One’s latest Balamii show was a firecracker of unexpected twists and inspired connections. From house music to jazz to techno and much, much more, her shows are always an education and this was one of her best yet. Listen out for a hailstorm of drums from T.Williams, some head-spinning acid from Kai Campos and Mount Kimbie, and an explosive, euphoric instrumental from Ghanaian percussion genius Okyerema Asante and famed American jazz musician James ‘Plunky’ Branch. There’s also an early listen to a collaboration between Shy and Ben Hauke, which may or may not appear on his upcoming album…

Ayesha B2B Ma Sha for The Lot Radio

Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Ayesha is releasing her debut album, Rhythm Is Memory, on November 3 via Kindergarten and to celebrate its imminent arrival, she dropped by The Lot Radio to go B2B with the label’s founder Ma Sha. Packing almost two hours of heart-stopping rhythms in myriad forms, this new mix takes in juiced-up funky to chest-punching perc tracks, a little acid squelch, and lots of soundsystem pressure. Equal parts hypnotising and invigorating, this should whet your appetite not just for Ayesha’s album, but also, she tells us, a “Ma Sha original… on an undisclosed label… coming soon.”

Posted on September 29, 2023