TRENCH Radio 146: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Yushy

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.


Sulky for Subtle Radio

This one from Subtle newcomer Sulky hits that magic nexus where grime converges with a strain of dubstep that’s danceable while still retaining that sparse, cavernous quality. There’s lots of chunky low-end, plenty of atmosphere and moodiness, but still loaded with light-footed energy to keep your feet moving. Nostalgic at times, but he manages to make it feel like a fresh new perspective.

Freshta w/ Manga Saint Hilare for Rinse FM

If you’ve been keeping up with Freshta over the past year or so, you’ll already be tuned into her grime-techno hybrids. There are others toying with the combinations; Oblig and Sk33mask hit a goldmine when they first joined their sounds, while Sir Hiss, Riz La Teef and Katya have been exploring electro-grime fusions in various ways. In Freshta’s case, she’s been calling on her various MC pals and invited them to spray over house and techno (her set with Jammz earlier in the year also needs to be mentioned again). Here she is with Manga, a reunion that will be eagerly lapped up by anyone lucky enough to catch them at the Keep Hush night she curated, or for those who remember the 160-themed show with Manga and Killa P that planted the seeds for the whole thing in the first place.


It’s been a big year for NIGELTHREETIMES in large part due to the release of his debut full-length project, Metropolis N, via Astral Black. A mesmerising eight-tracker, it celebrated the funk, grooves, and jazzy heart that’s so essential to the best jungle, breaks, and rave music as a whole actually. For his latest set on NYC’s The Lot, Nigel explores a little more of that, but it’s just one small section in a vast array of sounds, from introspective funk, lurching dubstep, spritely breakbeat, acidic techno squelchers and, honestly, about a thousand other things that still somehow fit together.

Eastghost 2023 Winter Mix

As is tradition, there are lot of seasonal mixes floating around right now. Some opt for mixes that pull together tracks that feel cold, maybe a bit melancholic, others opt for something a bit more on the nose. This new mix from Eastghost leans more towards the former, but there’s no melancholy here. The brisk, wintry chill is found in the grimey synths and metallic, futuristic club sounds that combine for a refreshingly energising 67-minute session. According to a post on his Instagram, there’s also an unreleased joint or two from an upcoming EP he has in the works titled Negative Spiral, though he remains tight-lipped on further details.

Coco Bryce for Balamii

You never quite know what you’re going to get from a Coco Bryce radio show or DJ set. Liable to play chilled hip-hop beats or instrumental jazz as he is roughneck jungle, and with essentially zero social media presence, it’s usually pretty difficult to know what to expect ahead of time. You just have to turn up, tune in and get what you’re given. No bad thing, of course, and if all of the above is to your liking then his latest show on Balamii should hit the spot. Slipping between spritely jazz, bloody-nosed jungle, sweat-soaked hardcore, through to cosmic dub meditations and back again. The ideal starter pack for the uninitiated.

Posted on December 15, 2023