TRENCH Radio 153: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Kendal Walker

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.


WAAW for Pound And Yam

Selector duo WAAW (pronounced “wah”) were in the Pound And Yam studios in Dalston on Sunday, jumping on deck as part of Shindig’s takeover alongside Joey Manza, Ellaweez, Team, Ayychibs and ELLADHC. The twins are rising stars on radio, with a residency on Foundation FM and regular appearances on Balamii, NTS and the rest. They also opened for Sugababes at their Boiler Room show and proved a highlight at Colour Factory’s NYE celebrations. Mixed in with their usual percussion-heavy picks in this new mix, they focus on steamy dancehall and Amapiano sizzlers, plus club edits of 50 Cent, Vybz Kartel, Rihanna and more.

See No Evil w/ YaGurlMega for SWU FM

Koast and K Stylz’s See No Evil outfit is already off to a cracking start this year. What was a project born of the two DJ/producers sending tunes to each other as they discovered Amapiano in tandem during lockdown has grown into something much larger. They’ve become key advocates for all things log drum in Bristol and they’ve been spending more and more time in the studio working on their own ‘piano productions and remixes as well. You can hear a little of that in this new show (Koast’s guest mix for SPD’s Subtle Radio show features much more though). Closing out the SNE show is a Gmix from rising talent YaGurlMega whose mix features Amapiano takes on Missy, Nicki, and even Michael Jackson.

Jimmy2Shoes for Subtle Radio

It’s no secret we’re betting big on dubstep this year. There’s a tidal wave of new talent both in terms of production and DJing. Son Raw’s recent feature, a 10-strong list of producers you need to be checking for, is a good place to start. If you’re looking for DJs and radio shows, Jimmy2Shoes (fka Jwarn) should be your next stop. A healthy scene should be varied and eclectic with new ideas all mixing together and the same appears to be true for dubstep in 2024. Here, Jimmy zeroes in on the sparse, techy end of the spectrum, including gems from the likes of Proxima, TMSV, and Headhunter’s acidic squelcher “Prototype”.

Conducta ‘100% Conducta’ Mix

According to his Instagram, Conducta’s been busy in the studio of late, a break of sorts from the intensive touring that took him all over the world last year. This week, he emerged to let us know he was ready with a fresh batch of new productions. To celebrate, he put together this new productions-only mix to give us a glimpse of what’s in store. He’s not giving too much away in the description, with only a few of the titles actually filled out, but what we do know is we can expect an even wider range from the Bristol producer. “New flavours, new tempos, new sounds,” he promised on Insta. Expect 2-step, garage, full-bodied house ragers, and some pretty special collabs, most notably with The Mitchell Brothers and CASISDEAD.

Fracture w/ Sully for Rinse FM

Since making his home at Rinse as one of the wave of new residents announced at the tail end of last year, Fracture has used his show to keep bringing us that indomitable pirate spirit. It’s what first inspired him to start DJing in the ‘90s and it’s what sparked the immersive 0860 project he kicked off in 2022. On the subject of inspiration, his latest show features a guest mix from Sully, a DJ and producer renowned for his inimitable percussion sound, that focuses on the music of his formative years. Celebrating the recent release of his latest single, “Nights”, Sully takes us into the hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul and breakbeat experimentations that first sparked his imagination and pushed him to make music of his own.

Posted on February 16, 2024