TRENCH Radio 142: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
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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.


Youngsta w/ Crazy D for Subtle Radio

When Youngsta left Rinse at the end of the last decade, it was the end of an era. Minimal Mondays, the early D&B/dubstep crossovers… it felt like a gaping hole had been left in the radio world. Fortunately, his regular slot at Subtle has gone a long way to filling that gap. This show in particular, which has the legend Crazy D on mic duties, scratched a major itch. Rave MCs aren’t always as celebrated as they should be, especially in dubstep, but Crazy D is a master of his craft. Still giving Youngsta plenty of space for his precision mixing, stepping in only when the time is right, it’s the perfect example of a DJ/MC duo completely in tune with one another.

Sgt. Pokes & N-Type for SWU FM

SWU FM’s been back on the airwaves for a little while now, having been rescued from oblivion by Rinse and folded into their broadcasting empire alongside Kool FM. They’re still working on getting their Mixcloud and SoundCloud’s up and running, so not all shows are hitting streaming. Thankfully, this new one from Sgt. Pokes and N-Type has been added to their page. A big fat wad of low-end wobblers and skankers, the two dubstep heroes are on fine form in this latest Pirate Copy show. This week, they’ve got no fewer than three Gmixes, recruiting Tripta, Tailore Jae, LX One and Chefal to sets that run the full spectrum from dubstep to jungle.

C.FRIM for Pound And Yam

Apparently well-rested after an exhausting schedule touring the UK and Europe through August and the beginning of September, dropped by the P&Y studio last studio for a blast of Baile funk, dancehall, techno and more. She crams a lot into her hour, never letting the dust get too settled, so it’s all about the breakneck blends and the unexpected magic that comes from some of these pairings. Honestly, it’s all gold, but the inspired choice to pair the Ghost In The Shell theme with a swinging Baile funk riddim is a stroke of genius.

Scratchclart for Dumbanengue

Scratcha DVA continues his tireless work championing the latest and greatest in South African club music, finding the connections between gqom, Amapiano and everything else over there with our own low-end dancefloor sounds. He’s been tapped into all things SA for a long time now and this new mix for local platform Dumbanengue shows he deeply invested he is in that world. Featuring artists and producers from both sides of the aisles, much of the crossover comes from his own hybrid productions where gqom thunder runs up against chunky drums and distinctly LDN bass patterns.

Up Ya Archives takeover (Nia Archives, IZCO, SadBoi, Dazegxd, Honey Bun) for The Lot Radio

Throughout this final stretch of 2023, Nia Archives has been taking her Up Ya Archives tour across the States. It’s all part of a wider mission to unite her pan-national jungle alliance that will eventually see her return to our drizzly shores for, among other things, a huge blow-out at Manchester’s Warehouse Project next month and a series of dates in Australia and New Zealand in early 2024. In the more immediate future, she’s bringing the gang down for a show at Knockdown Center in Brooklyn tonight, November 10. That same team—IZCO, SadBoi, Dazegxd, and Honey Bun—also joined her for a UYA takeover on The Lot, getting the bass bins rattling with two hours of jungle, garage, and club music from all for corners.

Posted on November 10, 2023