TRENCH Radio 144: 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.


Kia for Juanita’s NYC

Animalia and Cirrus label boss Kia was called on by NYC clubbing institution Juanita’s to put together their latest mix and when it came to picking a theme, she took inspiration from the ideas of travel and change. She describes the mix as the “musical embodiment of an infinite plane ride… Watching the sun rise and then set and then rise again. Also an ode to all the new and old people that were in my life this year.” Tapping into that idea of constant motion and rootlessness, the Naarm-based DJ draws for an hour of fluid, almost ambient textures spiced with restless percussion.

Tai Lokun for Rinse FM

Every house head needs to be religiously locked into Tai Lokun’s Rinse show. Having joined the station in February as one of this year’s new class (officially debuting in March), she hits the airwaves every second Thursday of the month. Tai’s lived in a bunch of different countries over the years and her record bag’s just as global. You can hear it in every set, including this latest show, a solo trip through house and techno, particularly the jazzy, funky, groovy, and percussive varieties. It’s light, colourful, warm and full of energy from start to finish—an essential tonic as we slide deeper and deeper into a miserable, chilly winter.

Illegal Shipment for Subtle Radio

Dark garage and 4x4 grime specialist Illegal Shipment hit the Subtle studios this week with a 100% production mix. He’s not short on material either; for the past few weeks, he’s been overwhelming the timeline with clips of new productions he’s been working on. A regular on Slimzos Recordings (his “The Drop” features on their recent Time V5 comp) and sister label 2002 Records (last year’s Criminal Network EP also needs your ear), even without these new gems he’s been teasing, his back catalogue is a formidable one.

Timma T for The Dub Emporium

US-based label and collective The Dub Emporium has been flying the flag for dubstep over there for a little over a year now. They only uploaded their first release to Bandcamp on Christmas Day last year, but they’ve since amassed 18 singles, EPs and compilations. They’ve also been putting out a regular mix series and their latest comes from Timma T. Sourcing tunes mostly from the UK, with one or two from farther afield, Timmy’s power-hour dubstep mix includes heaters from Kromestar, Nutty P, Trends, Filthy Gears, P Money and of course a couple of dubs of his own.

Longeez for Rumble In The Jungle Bristol

New Year’s Eve is officially on the horizon. If you haven’t got plans now, you need to get moving. Looking ahead to their own plans, Rumble In The Jungle is counting down to the big night (they’ll be hosting a New Year’s Eve carnival event at the Propyard in Bristol) with a run of mixes from some of their favourite selectors. Launching the series is local lad Longeez who’s put together a particularly intense half-hour of hard and fast floor-fillers to get your blood pumping.

Posted on December 01, 2023