TRENCH Radio: 8 Of The Best Mixes This Week

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Another week closer to oblivion, but at least the music’s good. Having expanded our sources to include Mixcloud and YouTube, we’ve scoured the internet once again to bring you the latest and greatest DJ mixes and radio shows (providing they meet the criteria). As ever, we’ve gone through a range of sounds and styles, including rap, jungle, grime, house music, Jersey Club, Amapiano, gqom, bassline, Afro-tech, acid and beyond, it’ll just be more inclusive from now on. This week’s highlights include East Coast club celebrations, tales from Arma’s vaults, and a Brandy classic gets the Amapiano treatment.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s best mixes.

DJ Cage & Koast

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Amapiano really does have healing properties, doesn’t it? Two silky smooth hours of South African sizzlers, Durkle Disco’s Koast and DJ Cage connected for a deep dive into the genre including recent sizzlers from Mas Musiq, Babalwa M, Kelvin Momo, De Mthuda alongside LR Groove, Fork And Knife, Lucent and a couple of extracts from Scratcha DVA’s recent Afrotek EP. There’s a lot to love here, but Ysus Dion’s sprightly edit of Brandy’s classic “I Wanna Be Down” is something we need to a lot more of.

DJ Tyrant B2B Spookz

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DJ Tyrant and Spookz have been smashing up the radio waves together for a little while now. Jumping between the overlapping worlds of UK funky, garage, dubstep and anything with plenty of low end, they’re a finally-tuned machine now. This week they went B2B on Mode with a high-NRG UK funky bouncers with a few sawtooth selections and a couple of wobblers to give your speakers a workout.

88 B2B El Blanco Nino

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This week also saw L.A selector 88 celebrate the first anniversary of his fortnightly radio show Club Paradise. With the help of various different guests, 88 goes deep into his love of B’more, Jersey and Philly club music, connecting those sounds with dancehall, gqom, hip-hop, house, techno, Ballroom, Brooklyn drill, demow, 2-step, Tribal House and more. For this week’s special show 88 reached across to the East Coast to connect with Bronx DJ El Blanco Nino to take over Dublab with two hours of club jams from the likes of DJ Polo, MoMA Ready, DJ Nativesun, DJ Swisha, DJ Sega, Trax Couture and more.


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A.G was recently quoted as saying “every DJ should have some Arma tracks in their collection”. Praise doesn’t come much higher than that and judging by this mix of his own productions, it’s easy to see why she’d say that—and this is the unreleased stuff. Wall-to-wall 4x4 stompers, groovers and wafters, this is just a small taste of what he’s got in his arsenal. Most of these tunes are from the past year with a few older ones thrown in, ranging from house and techno to footwork to B’more and Jersey club. And since he’s numbered it there’s a good chance there’ll be more on the way at some point. Either way, the fact that these ones were picked from the cutting room floor is just astonishing.


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Armed with a wanton disregard for genre boundaries, resident of Leeds-based party Slut Drop, Jameela’s mixes gleefully bounce from R&B to techno to breaks, all woven together with an infectious, joyous enthusiasm. This one’s up there with the very best of them; whipped up for Melbourne outfit FROCKUP, taking us right the way from garage and deep house bubblers all the way up to knuckle-whitening happy hardcore and just about everything in between—BPMs be damned!


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The Sans Absence boss has been on some serious stuff lately. Last month he connected with Noire for the Ripples EP, a nifty collection that raised a glass to grime, funky, Jersey Club, hard drum and distilled those elements into something new but reverential. There was a heaviness to it, but like this new DJ mix, it was also packed to the gills with bright colours and playful little surprises that snuck up on you and sent a shiver down your spine. A few of those joints are included in this mix alongside gems from Scottie Dee, DJ Safari and a secret weapon he’s staying tight-lipped on.


The latest edition in the ongoing SI*BL Service, it’s another dose of chest-tightening grime picks. Whether he’s on home turf or making a guest appearance on someone else’s show, SI*BL’s one defining feature is he makes the very most of every last second of a set. There’s no let-up here as he deploys high-tempo blasters from across the years, right the way from More Fire Crew to Mez and everything in between.

No Nation

Often found spinning side-by-side with Sheba Q, No Nation has time and time again found whole new territories to explore in jungle and breakbeat. Always chipping away at the edges, his sets are one of the best examples of how to experiment with disappearing into the esoteric or pretentious. Soulful, vibrant, but still with plenty of sludge and snarl, this latest one for Darc TV is a solid jumping off point for the East Londoner.

Posted on October 15, 2021