TRENCH Radio 141: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: @lili_takesflickis

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.


MoreNight ‘100’ Mix for Reprezent

The Love In The Endz set are frantically busy right now with a whole load of activity to celebrate the recent release of ‘[Untitled] Vol.2 - España’. Next weekend, they’re hosting a room at Fuego in Barcelona’s Razzmatazz, but before that, they’ve curated a run of mixes for Reprezent’s ongoing ‘100’ series, including this beauty from MoreNight. It’s testament to his versatility as a producer that he should be able to cover so much ground—running from snappy garage melodics to chunky dubstep, foot-stomping jumpy UK funky, and more. It also gives an all-too-brief glimpse at some of the solid gold edits he’s got tucked up his sleeves. That commenter’s right, though, we need more.

Joy Anonymous B2B Oneman w/ Pinty, Surya Sen for Balamii

There have been some top-tier MC sets on Balamii lately. From Dave and Central Cee’s pre-“Sprinter” set and Frisco and INFAMOUSIZAK’s session with Maximum to the countless hungry up-and-comers making the trip south to prove their mettle, the intimate radio studio’s become an essential spot for MCs. There were a few crackers this week (Verbz’s packed-out session is definitely worth a listen), but it was this one from Joy Anonymous (who just dropped their Cult Classics album) and Oneman with Pinty and Surya Sen. The three selectors spin a wildly eclectic bag of leftfield beats, jazzy house music, floaty dubstep and more, but it’s Pinty and Surya’s relaxed charm and tight rhymes that steal the limelight.

Gracie T for Mondo Radio

Gracie T delivered a fresh Beatriarchy show this week. Dizzyingly eclectic as ever, it’s an all-bases-covered hour of sugary breakbeats, 4x4 headbangers and some inspired edits like the ‘roided-up version of Zinc and Ms Dynamite’s “Wile Out”, plus the absolute gem that is Phatworld and Forca’s Steel City anthem “Connect”. It’s the ideal primer if you’re lucky enough to be able to catch her Lisbon debut tomorrow, Saturday, November 4, or if you’re blessed enough to live in Sheffield you can catch her the following Saturday at Hope Works alongside BRAVA, Gullyteen ZMARAKS, Shannon From Admin, and Qwirk.

Black Rave Culture for Boiler Room

Back in September, DC residents NativeSun, Amal, and James Bangura released Black Rave Culture Vol. 3, the latest album in a series they kicked off in 2021 on HAUS Of ALTR. As is tradition, this third volume spans all sorts of different strains of club and rave music, including Amapiano, gqom, euphoric and deep house, Jersey Club, techno, Baile funk and much more. It’s all stitched together lovingly and informs much of the trio’s electrifying recent Boiler Room set. Intense and sweaty from the outset, it’s irrefutable proof that DC’s dance music scene is one of the very best.

dBridge for Rinse FM

Once synonymous with D&B and a key player in the sound’s evolution over the years, these days dBridge is more known for how wholly unpredictable his sets are. He still routinely does radio shows and DJ sets that are 100% drum & bass, but sets like this recent Rinse FM show have become the norm for the Exit Records boss. Taking us on a horizon-broadening trip through just about everything, there’s plenty of vicious jungle lunacy to enjoy, but in with that, he mixes eerie ambient textures, chrome-covered electro, vocals that are haunting to the point of gothic, some brooding R&B groovers, and plenty more besides. Most impressive of all is how well it all fits together.

Posted on November 03, 2023