TRENCH Radio 159: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Bernice Mulenga

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.

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DJ Polo & Gina Jeanz for Rinse FM

When DJ Polo first emerged, it was his progressive take on UK funky that helped establish him and earn him his place in the scene, but in the years since, his setlists and production style have both evolved immeasurably. This latest show, which features a high-energy guest mix from multi-genre maestra Gina Jeanz, is probably the best example. There’s still some funky there, but into that he mixes Amapiano, broken beat and more, all of which pair perfectly with Gina’s own turbulent global selections. It’s the ideal primer if you’ve yet to check out Polo’s recent Livity Sound EP If The Glove Fits.

MI-EL for Kindred

MI-EL is about as unpredictable as they come. Just last week we got “Atlantic”, a mesmerising piece of techno built from samples recorded in the Black Sea and now we have this latest Kindred mix. Switching from techno to something even harder to pin down, it boasts breaks, bass, and a broad but cohesive spread of tempos and club energy. The perfect primer for Tim Reaper and FFF’s B2B chaser.

BAMBII’s 1000 Genre Mix

Mere days away from the first leg of her UK and Europe tour, BAMBII took to SoundCloud to give us a quick care package. A 30-minute sprint through the genres, there may not quite be 1000, but it’s pretty close. Dancehall, jungle, D&B, breaks, garage, Jersey Club, B’more, and cruddy edits of Basement Jaxx, M.I.A, a flash of D Double E, and a few other blink-and-you’ll-miss-em jewels. Absolute heart attack energy from the outset, consider this more of a warning than a taster of what to expect on the tour.

VXRGO B2B Melba for Boiler Room

Back in February, Boiler Room hit Tyneside with a two-night session at the NX Club. The first featured Eliza Rose, DIZ, Saoirse and more running up against local talent, but it was the second day that caught our ears. Giving local lads Nectax and Sketchy Rida a run for their money was Kool FM resident VXRGO going back-to-back with Melba of local outfit Club Cetera. Launching straight into the hard stuff, the closest thing to a let-up in this jungle/D&B focused was the dash of Jersey Club they threw in towards the end.

Tim Reaper for NTS Radio

Speaking of Nectax and roughneck jungle, both feature in the latest NTS show from Future Retro London kingpin Tim Reaper. The overwhelming majority of selections come from the label, which remains one of the busiest independents around, including a massive stack of his own dubs alongside cuts from Outrage and Sonar’s Ghost, Sabola and more. Spliced in with all of that, you’ve got bits from Mantra, Kloke and a few other secret weapons. An invaluable chance to window shop before you hit up the FRL Bandcamp.


Posted on April 12, 2024