TRENCH Radio 156: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Verdächtig

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.


Yungfya for Keep Hush

Keep Hush were in Berlin recently for what we’d say was an admirable effort at showcasing the city’s wildly eclectic dancefloor offerings. Rounding out a night that included PJ Bridger, Minor Science, Elke and Guava Noise, Femme Bass Mafia’s Yungfya with an hour of meaty dubstep, a lot of jungle and D&B, some grime and plenty of club edits.

Shanti Celeste for Rainbow Disco Club

The Chilean DJ, producer and Peach Discs founder was called up to kickstart the new round of mixes for Rainbow Disco Club ahead of the festival’s return this year in Bali. She’ll be sharing the lineup with Four Tet, the Hessle Audio boys, Tim Reaper, and more, but ahead of that she dug into her house and tech-house bag. Plenty of warmth and plenty of colour to help ring the bell for the start of festival season (yes, already).

Smokey Bubblin’ B for Sound Of House Music

Smokey Bubblin’ B’s garage mixes (and productions) are beloved the scene over, largely down to his taste for a bouncy, rave-ready sort of garage and his house music hits just as hard. For this new mix for Sound Of House Music he leaned heavily into that side of things but his garage side shines through plenty. Featuring a pronounced Stateside influence, there’s a load of hip-house, his house rework of “Poison”, and a bag of swagger.

Tiffany Calver for fabric

It’s International Women’s Day today and each year fabric curates a fat stack of DJ mixes from women right across the musical spectrum—and this year’s was a real treasure trove. With selectors like Jaguar, mi-el, Jay Carder, Yazzus and many more supplying sets tapping into house music, hip-hop, garage, techno, D&B, experimental music and more, it was a close run race, but this one from Tiffany Calver was our pick. A slight breakaway from her usual rap playlist, this one shows a dancier side to her, with grime, house, Afrobeats and more bumping against one another.

Daffy w/ Tom Shorterz, Megan Wroe for SWU FM

Daffy was back on the airwaves this week, kicking off with one of his tunes followed by grime and garage bouncers from Silva Bumpa, Main Phase, Gemi, TEXT, Kobe JT, Soul Mass Transit System, and more for the first 45 minutes. Stepping at this point was a guest mix from Bolton-haling singer, songwriter, producer and DJ Megan Wroe that went extra hard on the bassline, with a bit of house and a few other bits thrown in, and then, for the final half-hour, he had Birmingham bass head Tom Shorterz with a half hour of his own bass, garage and 2-step selections.

Posted on March 08, 2024