TRENCH Radio 154: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Sophia J Carey

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.


Yemz for SWU.FM

Armed with one of the sharpest instincts in the game, few are as reliable on the dancefloor as Bristol via North London selector Yemz. For her latest show on SWU she takes us through quite a few club sounds, matching warming grooves with bouncy, percussive funk, including heat from the likes of Kaval, Burna, and DJ Gregory. A timely primer ahead of a string of UK dates she has in Manchester and London over the next month (with a quick trip to Switzerland in between).

DJ Technics for The Lot Radio

A true pioneer of Baltimore Club, DJ Technics’ name is etched into the sound’s history. Alongside Diamond K, Rod Lee, and the sadly recently deceased Dukeyman, Technics ran the truly legendary Club Kingz venture and together they defined much of the sound’s framework in the late ‘90s/early 2000s. Going harder than ever in 2024, he stepped into The Lot this week to show us why his reputation for harnessing the funkier side of B’more is so well-deserved.

Chimpo’s ‘Magnanimous Mix Vol. 1’ hosted by Fox

Fresh off the back of the “Dreaming” two-tracker on Dr. Dubplate’s ec2a label, Chimpo’s back with a new mix that’s about as representative of his wildly varied output as you can get. Smokey rap from Larry June and vintage Clipse run up against Untold’s classic “Anaconda” and sweaty club joints from Machinedrum and Ikonika. His stamp is all over this one, of course, including a few of his own productions and some edits and dubs for added flavour. When we can expect Volume 2 remains to be seen, but we can be certain he’s got a busy year ahead regardless.

Mr_WM B2B Turna for Bodega Sessions

Mr_WM and Turna of the Left + Right collective went back to back for L&R’s first-ever Bodega Session this week. Recorded at the Diecast venue on home turf, the pair dig deep into their bag of edits, splicing Kelis and Beyonce into their bouncy, percussive funky, 2-step, dancehall warmers. A mile away from the drab weather, but a welcome counter to say the least.

Anti-Social Services w/ Snowy, Jafro, Deanoh, Reepa, Thatguyloui for Doppler Radio

JJ, Panic Pat and Avaword (aka the Anti-Social Services trio) touched down on Doppler this week for a power hour of Midlands excellence. Joining them on the show this time round were Joe Bull on decks and MCs Snowy, Jafro, Deanoh, Reepa, and Thatguyloui. Flying the flag for the region, the crowded room of shellers played to the home crowd, spraying over rowdy, bassline stompers just as much as grime.

Mylania for AAJA

Jungle DJ, vocalist and producer Mylania may be relatively new to the game but she’s off to quite a start. After making her debut on the station last summer, she’s secured a monthly residency on Voices Radio and this week she was invited down to AAJA’s studios for the latest show from femme-forward outfit Collective Hysteria. Further cementing her rep, she packs this set with jungle selections iced with soul, melody, and funk (without skimping on any of the toughness).

Posted on February 23, 2024