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

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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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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Recent episodes

HOUSE PARTAAAAAY!! & DISC 2 w/ Letherette! January 12, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back again this weekend with another Super Saturday playlist of house, tech house, and more from Pig & Dan, Addison Groove, Catchment, Camelphat, Terr, and more during The First 30 Mix...later on, it's drum n bass and breakbeat from Was A Be, Formally Unknown, Shy FX, and Fred V, plus a DISC 2 segment to close it out with two new tracks from UK soul house outfit Letherette.

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Techno Meets House In 2019! January 5, 2019 | 10:00 pm

J Zed gets 2019 off to a great start with a heavy acid-techno First 30 Mix featuring tracks by Sam Paganini, Jay Lumen, Slam, Mark Broom & Discrete Circuit and more...the second half features a catch-up with the Love Vibration Nation label and Defected Records vocalist and collaborator Nina Lares, as well as a world-exclusive premiere of Coqui Selection's new track on the label.

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Felipe Gordon, NEW Drum n Bass, & Last Weekend of Best of 2018! December 29, 2018 | 10:00 pm

it's the final weekend of J Zed's Best Of 2018 Playlist! We'll re-rinse tracks by Young Romantic, Raito, Vonda 7, Javi Bora & Jazzman, PLUS new music from Felipe Gordon during The First 30 Mix...In the second half, MTG's DnB Segment is BACK with new liquid drum n bass, jungle and breakbeat from Break, Mitekiss and Djrum...DISC 2 throws it back to the Best Of 2018 Playlist revisiting downtempo classics by Benoit B., Doza, and KingSfiso & Mbuso Khoza.

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Deep House “Devotion”, PLUS More Best Tracks Of 2018! December 22, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's celebrating the long-awaited collaboration from Eris Drew x Octo Octa, their Devotion EP, with 3 tracks from the record featured during the hour, plus deep house from Senzala, Cinthie, and more...the back half of the show brings more of her favorite tracks of the year, revisiting tunes by Paul Woolford x Kim English, Dusky, Objekt, Maribou State, and Gerd Janson.

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130 BPM Or Bust! & Best Of 2018, Week 3 December 15, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's a deep and dark techno First 30 Mix this week on Mind The Gap as J Zed brings you tracks by Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens, Truncate, Shlomi Aber, and Steve Rachmad, nothing but 130 BPM goodness all the way...the second half brings Week 3 of her Best Of 2018 Playlist, revisiting tracks by Marquis Hawkes, Weiss (UK), Monki, Kevin McKay, and De La Soul...DISC 2 continues the trend by closing out the show re-rinsing favorites by Channel Tres and T. Williams.

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Paul Woolford, Dosem, Floorplan, Mat.Joe, and Best Of 2018 Week 2! December 8, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed is back with all-new tracks by Dosem, Mat.Joe, plus killer new remixes by Paul Woolford and Floorplan...after that, she'll feature Week 2 of her Best Of 2018, revisiting tracks by Matrix (US)/Detroit Swindle, Sylvester & Louie Vega, DJ Haus, and more, PLUS a DISC 2 revisiting one of her favorite tracks by RGL.

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Best Of November & Best Of 2018 Week 1 Playlists! December 1, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's bringing you a double dose of her "Best Of" this week on Mind The Gap as she presents her Best Of November Playlist featuring tracks from Monki, B.Traits, Amelie Lens, Sinden and more, PLUS week #1 of her Best Of 2018 Playlist, revisiting tracks by Danny Byrd, Krystal Klear, Richy Ahmed, and others...DISC 2 throughout the month will replay some of her favorite downtempo deep house and leftfield favorites, this week's courtesy of Peggy Gou and SG Lewis.

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DEEP HOUSE PARTY SPECIAL! Plus a DISC 2 w/ Panorama Bar! November 24, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back from vacation, and is so chilled out that she's bringing you lot a deep house party during the First 30 Mix with all-new stuff from Sinden, T. Williams, Todd Terry & Should Speech, Jovonn, DJ Kush Boogie, and more...the last third of the show is dedicated to her DISC 2 segment with a spotlight on Berlin's Panorama Bar's 7th all-star compilation, with tracks from Ross From Friends, Dave Aju, Gen Ludd, and Jinja.

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B.Traits, Amelie Lens, SHDW & Obscure Shape, Danny Byrd, & DISC 2 w/LONE! November 10, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed finishes out her weeks-long celebration of B.Traits since she's said goodbye to her BBC Radio 1 show, and presents a deep and heavy techno First 30 Mix featuring tracks from SHDW & Obscure Shape, Amelie Lens, Kwartz, Marco & Stenny and more...the second half features your weekly recommended dose of drum n bass with hard-hitting rollers by Danny Byrd, Macca & Loz Contreras, Krakota, and GLXY, and DISC 2 rounds out the show with a spotlight on Lone's newest EP.

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B.Traits, Prosumer, Pirupa & Mr V, PLUS DnB Special & DISC 2 w/ dBridge & Voigtmann! November 3, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back with a crate of goodness, including MORE B.Traits, Prosumer, PIrupa & Mr V, Formally Unknown, Monki, and Roog during this week's First 30 Mix...the second half brings fresh new drum n bass from Bakground, Hugh Hardie, and SpectraSoul, and a DISC 2 to close it out with the latest from dBridge, and more from Voigtmann's new album.

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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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