TRENCH Radio 160: 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.

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Sharnie for Dimeshift

A week tomorrow, May 11, Sharnie will be hitting Cosies in Bristol for a night of garage, techno, dubstep and grime alongside Axle and Lasso, Fearless Dread, Spectre and Tighe. Ahead of that, the Rinse regular and Bristol native hit the Dimeshift team with this electrifying, head-rattling hour of techy, dubstep rollers. Renowned for tapping into that hypnotising zone on the dancefloor, she’s unsurprisingly exceptionally busy this week. So if you don’t catch her at Cosies, you might also catch her at SOUP Manchester for Off*Rec with Martyn or via her recent Sam Sheppa B2B on Crop Radio that’s about to hit SoundCloud…

Scratchclart for Rinse FM

Giving us a nostalgic dose this week, Scratchclart was over at Rinse FM alongside Muscle D on mic duties. It was, of course, an Amapiano-led power hour, but to give it that pirate radio edge, Scratch had Muscle D jump on the mic for a good old-fashioned barring session. We’ll always be fans of Scratch’s NTS shows, but hearing him get back to this mode, with an MC by his side, really does yank at the old heartstrings. Wouldn’t be mad if we heard more of it, either.

Seb Wheeler for Pound And Yam

In honour of the 10th anniversary of the tragic and untimely passing of footwork pioneer DJ Rashad, Seb Wheeler took to the decks for an hour-long session that paid tribute to the Chicago legend and his seminal work (including his remarkable debut album, Double Cup, that dropped just a year before his death) and rang the alarm for an exciting new wave of talent bringing fresh ideas to the sound. Mixed in with Rashad crackers (including a DJ Manny, Kelela blend), he’s got heat from DJ Corey, DJ Phil, DJ Hank, DJ Earl, and more.

Sister Zo for Groove Magazine

Born in Kansas City (where she co-founded the UN/TUCK collective) and now residing in NYC, Sister Zo’s work as a DJ, producer and music journalist has taken her all over the States (and the world), but it’s the UK’s penchant for low-end and the hardcore continuum that’s always had a hold on her. She put out two exceptional mixes this week, one for The Lot Radio and this one for German-based Groove magazine. Blending techno and bassy badness, listen out for joints from Roska, Al Wootton, Deadbeat and more.

NIGELTHREETIMES & Maachew Bentley for The Lot Radio

NIGELTHREETIMES and Maachew Bentley have been thick as thieves for years now. Moreover, they’ve been essential pieces in the The Lot Radio puzzle for almost as long. Individually, their sets are always reliable, but together they’re unmissable. Whether they’re delving into liquid D&B or jaw-breaker jungle, they’re a formidable duo. This week on The Lot, they traverse pretty much the entire gamut between the two—although there’s a heavier emphasis on the ragga and Amen-heavy crudiness of the latter.


Posted on May 03, 2024