TRENCH Radio 158: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
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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.


Clara Rosa for Aprtment Life

This week saw Philippines-born Clara Rosa return for her second stint in the Aprtment. Stacks of hi-energy edits and blends in this one, including fresh takes on everyone from N*E*R*D to Omarion to Disclosure, climaxing with a jumpy, percussive “Who Told You” remix. Currently splitting her time between London and Paris, she’ll be back in the latter capital this time next month for the next Global Grooves along with Warren KO, Haruna, Tashera, Paris and Maxner.

Slimzee vs E3 Breaks for Rinse FM

Having stepped down from his regular Rinse slot last April, Slimzee was back on Rinse with a special one-off show. Fully stocked with joints from Mystry, the Mean Streets family, Killjoy, Dubzta and more, it was also a rare chance to hear some early productions from his E3 Breaks collaboration with As If Kid. Since releasing The Curse, via Nomine Sounds back in 2018, they’ve been consistently pushing their creations across Rinse, Subtle, Pyro and other stations, and they’ve built up a stack of release on Slimzos and its sister label Rot Pot. Why these tunes never saw the light of day isn’t clear, but you might not get the chance to hear them again.

Royal-T for Block.FM

Royal-T’s touring Japan at the minute and between stops, he joined Hara, Genick and Kyo for a guest mix on their UKG Rising show. They’ve been strong supporters of all things UK for a while, both as hosts to our own talents and as cultivators of their own homegrown scene. T’s got a couple more dates left in Japan, and then once he’s back he’ll be joining Marcus Nasty, Spooky, Coco Dubz, Marcus Damon, Madusa, and many more for a massive one at Colour Factory on March 30.

Skream w/ Flowdan for Boiler Room

Back in October, Skream and Benga reunited for an emotional B2B set at fabric, a moment perfectly timed to coincide with the current dubstep resurgence. It had been a decade since the pair were last one deck together and thankfully it wasn’t a flash in the pan. They’ve since teased more shows and collaborations, one of which was a Boiler Room takeover in Liverpool alongside Ahadadream, Bakey, DAISY, Miggs, Saint Ludo, Silva Bumpa and Skeptic. Though not a B2B, it did see Skream pair up with Flowdan for an equally massive set. From cavernous classics to screw-face wompers, the Croydon legend went full dubstep in Merseyside.

Rishy Malik & Sanasesh for Rinse FM

Earlier this month, Earth Hackney was transformed into a tropical paradise for a takeover by NYC-based label and event series Indo Warehouse. Fresh from a tour across India, label heads Kahani and Kunal Merchant brought some of that magic to London for an extended set and they brought Rinse regulars Rishy Malik and Sanasesh along with them. The latter duo’s set just hit SoundCloud and it takes in a lot of the South East Asian influences of the Indo duo and merges them with dancefloor warmers from South America, West Africa and beyond.

Posted on March 22, 2024