TRENCH Radio 152: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: @c2kold

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.


El Train’s ‘A Month Of Edits’ Mix

Brighton DJ, producer and devoted hip-hop head El Train’s Bandcamp is a treasure trove of beats, edits, and his own original creations. His El Train radio show is just as rewarding and this week he combined the two with a DJ mix built solely from his own edits and productions. Though largely rap-focused, he includes takes on artists from across the spectrum and both sides of the Atlantic, including Syd and Smino, ENNY and Jorja Smith, Baby Keem and Kendrick, and a reworking of “Sprinter” dubbed “Sprinting Down Funk Street. Best of all, you can grab every single one of them via his Bandcamp.

L-Vis 1990 for The Lot Radio

In the aftermath of lockdown, James Connolly's recently minted Dance System alias was the perfect soundtrack to our return to the dancefloor. Recently, however, he’s become a bit disillusioned with that side of things and for this new mix for The Lot, he’s reverted to his old alias, L-Vis 1990. “I just want to make art that feeds my soul and that others can relate to on a much more meaningful level than just getting smashed and dancing to it,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m not interested in just playing ‘The bangers’ for anyone now. It brings me no joy.” Still looking forward, but with more of the heads-down rattlers, percussive rollers, and dubby wobblers that will be more familiar to Night Slugs and L-Vis fans.

Emily Dust with Tribal Brothers for Rinse FM

This month, Baile LDN founder Emily Dust launched Dances For Buildings, a 10-part podcast series where she dives into life as a DJ while uncovering and documenting various scenes around the world. The first episode, which features Roska, just went out and future editions promise guests like Jamz Supernova, Bianca Oblivion, Kampire and more. With that now underway, Emily was on Rinse this week with Tribal Brothers—aka Razzlerman and LR Groove—ahead of their appearance at the next Baile LDN event at The Hackney Social (Feb. 10) for a warming session of Afro House, Amapiano, Gqom and more.

Marky V B2B J Beatz with Joe Fire, Jinnal for Mode London

Another storming session from J Beatz on Mode London this week. Teaming up with Marky V, aka Vibrant, whose After House Dance celebrated its first anniversary a couple of weeks ago. It’s an eclectic show, bringing together J Beatz’s grime picks and Marky’s taste for all things bass, plus a few other sounds to boot. They’ve also got North West London MC and producer Joe Fire and Tottenham sheller Jinnal on mic duties for the final half. Listen out for instrumentals from Spooky, D.O.K, Preditah and more.

Charli Brix with Spektiv for SWU FM

Since returning to the airwaves, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Geeneus and the Rinse FM family, SWU FM has been a glut of incredible music (as it was before it briefly closed down). One thing SWU’s always been good at, and now more than ever, is D&B. DJ, producer and vocalist Charli Brix has been an essential force at the station for a while now and her solo show’s always a treat. For this edition, she had Bristol DJ/producer Spektiv in the studio for a guest mix to celebrate the release of his recent double single on Transparent Audio, “Closer Enemy” / “Bone Rattler” with a session of breaks, bass and a touch of hardcore euphoria.

Posted on February 09, 2024