TRENCH Radio 161: The Best Mixes Of The Week

Words: James Keith
Photography: Ned Botwood

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.


Charisma B2B Grandmixxer for Reprezent

Two dons of grime went back-to-back in the Reprezent studios recently. Warming up with some fittingly spacey joints, they crank the energy up in no time. An instrumental-only power hour, we get pretty much the full spectrum of grime, from chrome-covered atmospherics to skippy cuts, Eski clicks, bassy wobblers, and even a few 4x4 foot-stompers. No wonder they’re saying it’s a grime resurgence.

Silva Bumpa for DJ Mag

The dust still hasn’t really settled after Silva Bumpa put out his What About The DJ? EP late last month and this week the northern bass head came back to keep the momentum going. Saluting the spirit of the hallowed Niche club, SB came through with an up-to-the-minute hour of brand new releases, white labels, a few hand-picked cuts from his local record shop in Sheffield, and a few old favourites of his. It packs in the full spread of what he has to offer: UKG, speed garage, house bassline and the rest. Proper sunshine bangers.

Big Dope P for BBC 6Music

Big Dope P was on the 6Music airwaves this week with a 30-minute guest mix for Tom Ravenscroft. The new mix dropped earlier this week as a primer for his new album, Toto La Castagne, a 15-track follow-up to his 2021 debut LP, Mehlish. Like the new album, this latest set is loaded with footwork, French boogie, loads of different club flavours, some electro, and a few big, sweaty, hands-in-the-air, ragers.

Soul Mass Transit System for Boiler Room

There were some belting Boiler Room sessions up north in February. After Newcastle played host to a barmy D&B and jungle session, it was Leeds’ turn to host. It as a huge line-up with sets from Freshta, Neffa-T and Flowdan, and Y U QT all banging out sets worth your time but this one from Soul Mass Transit System was another level. Filled with tonnes of their own productions (the tracklist is in the comments if you want to hit Bandcamp) and they tear the roof of the place with Tim Reaper’s remix of Special Request’s “Pull Up”.

Naina for NTS Radio

Another depth charge from the Hooversound camp and as ever it’s harder than nails. Naina was steering the ship this week and she delivered a hot-blooded workout session of footwork, hardcore, techno, and for the vicious final stretch, a big dose of D&B and jungle at the end courtesy of Fracture, Sully, Basic Rhythm, Dev/Null and Samurai Breaks. A punishing taste of what she might have in store for her B2B with Drumskull on the 25th at Coalesce Festival in South Wales.

Posted on May 10, 2024