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

Hifi Sean, Hot Since 82, Doza, S.P.Y., & DISC 2 with SG Lewis! July 21, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's another house party on Mind The Gap as J Zed brings you an hour of underground electronica from Hifi Sean, Low Steppa, Kornel Kovacs, Doza, These Machines, and more during The First 30 Mix...the second half brings all-new drum n bass from S.P.Y., Inja x Pete Cannon, and Pola & Bryson, and a DISC 2 with soulful, summer vibes from SG Lewis.

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Recent episodes

Pitto, Charlotte de Witte, Applescal, Laksa & Modeselektion! July 14, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's her second leftfield/techno special of 2018 as J Zed brings you leftfield house from Pitto, techno from Charlotte de Witte, Applescal, Taylor, Helena Hauff, Objekt and more during this week's First 30 Mix...later in the show, this week's DISC 2 segment is a spotlight on material from Modeselektor's latest compilation album, Modeselektion Vol. 4.

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Young Romantic, Chambray, Moon Rocket, Danny Byrd, Maribou State & MORE! July 7, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's bringing a crate full of house heat, starting with that Mall Grab & Elliot Adamson bootleg that's FINALLY gotten repackaged and cleared by Young Romantic...after that, we'll hear all-new tracks by Theo Kottis, Moon Rocket, DJ Seinfeld, remixes by Chambray and Dr Packer during The First 30 Mix. The second half brings us thumping drum n bass from Danny Byrd & Ky Lenz, and Friction & JP Cooper, with a DISC 2 coming to us from FOLD and Maribou State.

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J Zed’s Best Of June Playlist! June 30, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's her best tracks of June all hour long this week as J Zed re-rinses her faves of the past 30 days, including those from Marquis Hawkes, Todd Terry, Jansons & Senzala, KingSfiso & Mbuso Khoza, Weiss (UK), Krystal Klear, Disclosure, Gerd Janson, Emanuel Satie and more...DISC 2 promises even more rewinds of favorites, this time from Martyn and Fort Romeau.

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Friend Within, HOUSE PARTY w/Marquis Hawkes, The Juan McLean, Jansons & more, PLUS UK Hip Hop Special! June 23, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back this week with loads of house bangers from Friend Within, Marquis Hawkes, The Juan McLean, Jansons & Senzala, Qubiko & K-909, Addison Groove and more during The First 30 Mix...later in the show she'll feature a UK Hip Hop Special featuring tracks from Inja & Whiney, Lily Allen & Lady Chann, Jaz Kahina & DJ LoK, plus a DISC 2 carrying on the theme with the latest from Children Of Zeus.

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It’s a SINGLES First 30, Plus A UK DnB/Jungle/Breakbeat Special, & DISC 2 w/TRP! June 16, 2018 | 10:00 pm

Nooo, married couples, it's not a single's party this weekend on Mind The Gap, but a SINGLES party as J Zed brings you singular tracks spanning techno, leftfield, and electronica courtesy of Fort Romeau, Gerd Janson, Krystal Klear, Roman Flügel, and Martyn during this week's First 30 Mix...Following that, she'll feature a deep UK drum n bass, UK jungle and breakbeat special featuring Skee Mask, Hugh Hardie, Ownglow, Abacus, and Inja x Pete Cannon, ending with a DISC 2 courtesy of TRP.

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Marco Faraone, Deep Afro House First 30 Mix, Crate Digging w/Beste Modus, & more! June 9, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's got a cracker in store for you lot on Mind The Gap this weekend, featuring new material from Marco Faraone, Juliet Sikora & Return Of The Jaded, and a retake on a Todd Terry classic, culminating in a deep Afro House special with tracks by Kasper Marott, Disclosure, Emanuel Satie, and KingSfiso & Mouso Khoza...During the second half, we'll explore some of Beste Modus's back catalog for a little deep house crate digging, and close with a DISC 2 segment courtesy of Rico Garcia & RUFUS DU SOL.

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Weiss (UK), Polymod, Spinstyles, & BEST OF MAY!! June 2, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed is back behind the decks this weekend on Mind The Gap: The Summer PLEDGE DRIVE EDITION with all-new music from Weiss (UK), Polymod, Kansas City's own Spinstyles, and more during The First 30 Mix...then, it's time for her Best Of May Playlist featuring De La Soul, Channel Tres, Riva Starr, and others, plus a chillout sesh during DISC 2 with new material from JackLNDN.

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Alex Metric, Theo Kottis, Ryogo Yamamori, Stanley Schmidt, & DISC 2 w/ Machinedrum & TOKiMONSTA! May 19, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's going a bit darker in musical tone this week with alt-pop, tech house, and acid house belters from the likes of Alex Metric, Nickolas Quartez, Monki, Theo Kottis, Ryogo Yamamori, Stanley Schmidt, and more during The First 30 Mix...the second half features all new drum n bass from S.P.Y., Degs, and the late artist Apex, plus a DISC 2 chillout sesh with tracks from Machinedrum and TOKiMONSTA.

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Monki, Format:B, David Morales & more, Plus DISC 2 w/ Mall Grab & TRP! May 12, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's more house bangers from J Zed, but not before she kicks off the show with a massive drum n bass remix by Friction of Fatboy Slim...we'll hear from Format:B, David Morales, De La Soul, Seven Davis Jr. & Detroit Swindle, and Monki has moved from the BBC radio DJ booth to the producer's studio with her very first release! All that and more during this week's First 30 Mix, and a fresh new DISC 2 closes out the show, deep house courtesy of Mall Grab and TRP.

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Soulful House Special & DISC 2 w/ Haider! May 5, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed brings you a Soulful House Special featuring both old and new classics from Sophie Lloyd, Cajmere, Franky Rizardo, Peggy Gou, Kevin McKay, Azymuth, Channel Tres and more, plus a DISC 2 featuring the new EP by Haider off the Breaker Breaker imprint.

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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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