TRENCH Radio 139: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Daniella Ekundayo

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.


A Vibe Called B for So Future

Earlier this month, K2RAH’s So Future held its quarterly #FutureLDN get-together for friends and fans of the growing, multi-faceted empire. As is tradition with a #FutureLDN knees-up, they drafted in a few of their friends to soundtrack the evening, including Birmingham-born A Vibe Called B. Spinning a quick half-hour of crowd-pleasers old and new, there’s an old gem from Nas and Ginuwine, a modern-day Capo Lee classic, plus MJ, Bel Biv DeVoe, and a generous dose of house and club smoothness.

Morgan Hislop for Dark Real Dark

Having taken a bit of time away from radio to focus on his own music, we haven’t had too many mixes from DJ, producer and visual artist Morgan Hislop. Despite the name of the platform, this new one is as bright and colourful as it gets. Silky, soulful, and packed with plenty of light-footed bounce, it’s also a sorely needed counter against the pervading grey skies and dropping temperatures. A bit of garage, some house, breaks, and a dancefloor masterpiece from the late, great DJ DEEON.

Lo-Wu Sounds for Balamii

If you keep up with Lo-Wu on Instagram or TikTok, you’ll have no doubt seen his series of videos showing us how to rejig US rap and R&B into garage bubblers. And if that’s the case, you’re also probably clued up on his Balamii show, which often follows a similar theme. This week, he opens with Overmono and Joy O’s “Freedom 2” with Kwengface, setting the tone for an hour of US and UK rap running up against nifty garage and jumpy breaks, including “Moesh”, his downright dreamy collaboration with Lex Amor and DIPS.

Low Income $quad for NTS

If there’s anything that ties together the disparate sounds that Croatian DIY label/collective Low Income $quad source from every corner of the globe, it’s a sort of bloody-knuckle, rough-around-the-edges coarseness. From acid and techno to rap to abstract noise, it’s all blanketed in that slightly beaten-up exterior. Their treatment of A$AP Rocky’s “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” is a prime example, speeding it up and adding some intense low-end before taking a sharp left-turn into Lobsta B’s irreverent Soulja Boy / ATB mashup.

Kessler B2B Koboro for Rinse FM

This time next week, Kessler will be dropping off his new four-track EP, Lunar, via the newly-launched Elicit Records, the box fresh label he co-founded with Koboro. To celebrate the new EP and the label, the two founders jumped on deck together to formally introduce the label with a two-hour showcase of their own creations, dubs, and unreleased label magic that will hopefully one day get a proper release. Lots of bassy breaks and heavy techno, but with all the energy and detail that make their combined output so engaging.

Posted on October 20, 2023