Saturday at 10:00 pm

Mind The Gap


Have you ever gotten sick of most of the commercial EDM out there on the radio right now? Is it all starting to sound the same? Did you ever wonder where some of today’s trends got their roots? Then pull up a chair, put on some headphones, and LISTEN. Music from the UK is unparalleled in its uniqueness, and its uncanny ability to be able to live on the cutting edge of the Next Big Thing. Nowhere in the world is club music more influenced by multiculturalism, nor does any of it sound the same. Between bashment dancehall, to deep house, to UK funky to UK garage, to jungle and then its progeny drum-n-bass, to breaks and dub-heavy, wobbly beats, to grime and the UK’s own brand of spoken word and hip hop, it NEVER gets boring or stale.

This show is going to expand your horizons of what is commonly known as just ‘dance music’, and hopefully it will smack you in the face like it did me over 6 years ago, when I happened to tune in to Annie Mac’s Mashup Show streaming online one night in November, 2008 while sitting at the computer, balancing my checkbook. Life was never the same again after that night—-all the clubby techno I’d loved in the 90s had been reinvented, and in a way I’d never heard before.

I hope you feel the same way, too, after tuning in. So grab a brewski, some ear buds, and a comfy couch—-though once we’re three songs in, you may not feel like just sitting around any more! That’s my hope with Mind The Gap.

J Zed xx

Upcoming episodes

J Zed’s Best Of March Playlist! March 30, 2019 | 10:00 pm

It's all of J Zed's faves from the past 30 days consolidated into one hour of some fantastic re-rinses. She'll revisit tracks from the likes of Amelie Lens, Ellen Allien, Oliver Dollar, Jamie Jones, Will Clarke & Eli Brown, Paul Woolford, Martyn and more during an extended First 30 Mix, and then DISC 2 calms it down with re-rubs of tracks by Skee Mask and Octo Octa.

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Recent episodes

Paul Woolford, S.P.Y, & Special Guest, SISTER ZO! March 23, 2019 | 10:00 pm

Tune in this Saturday night as J Zed brings you fresh new heat during the first half from Paul Woolford, Weiss (UK) & Eli Brown, Alex Rouk, S.P.Y., and First 30 Mix this week, as she hands the reins over to local mainstay, Sister Zo, LIVE in studio for a special guest mix for the rest of the show!

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EXTENDED First 30 Mix & DISC 2 with Octo Octa and Roosevelt! March 16, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's bringing you a soulful, jackin' house and disco mix with the occasional foray into Latin house and deep house this week during an extended First 30 Mix, with tracks by Teddy Pendergrass (a new Jamie Jones edit), Jerry C. King, Riva Starr, Ferdinand Weber, Quim Manuel O Espirito Santo, Octo Octa from her brand new EP "For Lovers", and more...and DISC 2 takes us home with another track off Octo's new EP, and a new track by Roosevelt.

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Alex Rouk, Mark Knight, Will Clarke & Eli Brown, A.Fruit & MORE! March 9, 2019 | 10:00 pm

It's another jam-packed hour on Mind The Gap this weekend as J Zed brings you tracks from Sonika Music boss Alex Rouk, Will Clarke & Eli Brown, The Golden Boy, Ejeca, Mark Knight, and more...the second half has atmospheric breakbeat by new Med School Music signing A.Fruit, and new DnB from Calibre...DISC 2 closes out the show as per usual, this time with the lads from Icarus providing a fresh take on a track by RÜFUS DU SOL, and indie electronica from the Ostgut Ton label by UK producer Jinjé.

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It’s a Techno First 30 Mix! March 2, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back behind the decks this weekend on Mind The Gap with an all new, techno-themed First 30 Mix featuring tracks from Raul Facio, techno LEGEND Carl Cox, Amelie Lens, Ellen Allien and more...the second half's got the freshest new drum n bass from S.P.Y., Monrroe, and Whiney, and a DISC 2 with leftfield deep house from the Ilian Tape label featuring producers Skee Mask and Dario Zenker.

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All-BREAKS Special, plus J Zed’s Best Of February Playlist! February 23, 2019 | 10:00 pm

It's an all-breaks and breakbeat special during this week's First 30 Mix on MTG with tracks by Luke Vibert, Martyn, Mirage, and LMajor...following that is J Zed's Best Of February Playlist revisiting some of her favorite tunes from the past 30 days including those by Brine, Catz N' Dogz, London Elektricity, Alex Metric & Ten Ven and more, closing out with an eclectic electronica DISC 2 courtesy of Adesse Versions and Bonobo.

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Dario D’Attis & Jinadu, Denney, Sick Music 2019, & DISC 2 w/ Chrome Sparks and Leon Vynehall! February 16, 2019 | 10:00 pm

I'm back on MTG this Saturday with all-new tracks during The First 30 Mix from Denney, DJ Zozi, Dario D'Attis & Jinadu, plus stuff from "repeat offenders" GotSome, Catz N' Dogz, and Kevin McKay...second half will feature my last installment of my special spotlighting Sick Music 2019 by Hospital Records, as well as a DISC 2 segment with tracks from Chrome Sparks and Leon Vynehall.

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Alex Metric/Ten Ven, GotSome, Boston Bun, Sick Music 2019, & DISC 2 w/ Octo Octa! February 9, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's bringing the heat this weekend on Mind The Gap to warm up any house! She'll feature the latest tracks from Alex Metric & Ten Ven, GotSome, Kevin McKay, Boston Bun, and more during The First 30 Mix...the second half features Part 2 of her spotlight on Hospital Records' newest compilation, Sick Music 2019, with tunes by Flava D, Makoto & Hugh Hardie, Logistics, and Walk:r, and a DISC 2 to chill out the night with new material by Octo Octa in some of her most vulnerable work yet.

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Deep House Party First 30 Mix & Sick Music 2019! February 2, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back on the show in recovery mode with a special Deep House First 30 Mix blending new deep Afro, Latin, and disco house from Carlo, Roland Clark, Dominic Aquila and more...the second half brings the first of three weekly segments highlighting the brand-new and frankly, AMAZING compilation from Hospital Records, Sick Music 2019, and a DISC 2 bringing the deep house back with a track from Moe Turk and a remix of Georgia by Tuff City Kids.

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The Black Steel Brothers Sit In For J Zed! January 26, 2019 | 10:00 pm

The Show-Me-Mix fam (The Black Steel Brothers, Skilled Hands, and Tasha Mack) will be looking after Mind The Gap this week, so expect B2B hip hop, funk and soul tracks both old and new!

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CASSIMM, Roman Flugel, & Best Of January Playlist! January 19, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed gives you a sneak peek at all the new music to come in February with acid house and techno by CASSIMM and Roman Flugel...then, it's her Best Of January Playlist, featuring all her favorite cuts from the last month, including those from Fred V, Catchment, Addison Groove, Amelie Lens, Jay Lumen, and others...DISC 2 rounds us out with another Best Of January future classic, "Valhalla" by Coqui Selection.

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A music head since age 3, when she made her mother buy her Van McCoy's "The Hustle" on vinyl, J Zed grew up listening to funk, hip hop, and disco before falling for New Wave in the 80s. Developing a healthy love for alternative Brit bands like New Order, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Happy Mondays and Joy Division, she discovered house music in the early 90s. Instantly gravitating towards the soaring anthems and diva vocals, it was a love affair that wouldn't soon die, and having a radio show in college at Drake University with a good friend sparked an excitement for being on the air that she never forgot. Still an aficionado of the music genres of her youth, J Zed celebrates the evolution of them into the new and fresh, having a keen finger on the pulse of what's coming up, which she translates into her weekly shows.

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