TRENCH Radio 145: 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.


Salade Tomate Oignon for Rhythmic Culture

Salade Tomate Oignon—aka DJ STO and one half of Mercedeath alongside Cherry2Diamond—usually draws for house and techno, particularly the acid stuff, but this one’s a little different. Selected by her old friend Simo Cell, STO used the opportunity to change tack and highlight some of favourite women in US rap. It’s a stacked tracklist, loaded with big-hitters from Tierra Whack, Erica Banks, Latto, taking us right across the US and ending with some trappier, club-focused joints at the end.

Plastician for Balamii

Plastician’s been on a multi-genre tip for some time now, flexing one of the broadest record bags ever. For his last Balamii show of 2023, Stish delved deep into his formidable collection grime, garage, dubstep and breaks collection for an all-wax two-hour zip through 140 classics and underground diamonds from the likes of Sunship, Osmosis, DJ Luck, and Roll Deep. As a side note, the Croydon crate-digger also pointed out that it’s been 20 years since he founded his label, Terrorhythm, and that we can expect a round of anniversary raves and parties to celebrate.

NLDC (Cueist B2B Riz La Teef) for Loose Lips

Back in May this year, Cueist and Riz La Teef launched the inaugural NLDC club night with an intimate throwdown at the Queen Adelaide on Hackney Road. The aim, they say, is to keep things small while also emphasising the technical aspect, and the party’s gone from strength to strength. That’s great, of course, but it does mean getting hold of a ticket for its 100-cap events has become an increasingly tall order. Ahead of their eight event next week (Project E8, December 13), they’re wrapping up the year with a celebratory mix of the kind of 140 dubstep sluggers you can expect from an NLDC night.

Kitty Amor for Hï Ibiza

It’s hard not to root for Kitty Amor. The poster-woman for sticking to your guns, she’s been DJing and producing since her days running nights at the Stealth nightclub while at Nottingham Uni, never wavering from what she knew was the best way forward. Now we’re all catching up, she’s finally getting the magazine covers, profiles, Glasto bookings and, in the case of this new mix, Ibiza sets that she deserves. Schooling the Balearic lot on the finest Afro-house funk, this one was recorded at the Club Room at Vintage Culture’s Wednesday night residency and surely by no means the last time she storms the White Isle.

Ghosty live @ IWF, Liverpool

Having only hopped on the decks for the first time in 2019, promoter-turned-DJ Ghosty’s still very much on the rise, but he held his own on this line-up. Joining Chimpo, Daiz, Deakin, Stamina MC and the mighty Shy FX at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory, Peterborough-born Ghosty stole the show with this set. As is becoming his signature as a selector, the set stuck largely to the ‘90s canon, particularly on the jungle set, although he did throw in some more up-to-the-minute cuts—the jewel in the crown being Tim Reaper’s absolutely brutal remix of Special Request and Novelist’s “Sliver”.

Posted on December 08, 2023