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

New Music & BEST OF SEPTEMBER PLAYLIST! September 22, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's got all new music this weekend from Purple Disco Machine & Tuff City Kids, Doorly & Hauswerks, Lone, name is Marcus, and more during The First 30 Mix...the second half brings you her Best Of September Playlist (she'll be off next weekend!) with tracks by VONDA7, Raito, Marquis Hawkes, Benoit B, and others.

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Recent episodes

Ferdinand Weber, Raito, Carl Cox, Danny Byrd, Friction, & Maribou State! September 15, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's another house party at J Zed's place as she brings you the latest dance tracks by Ferdinand Weber, Raito, Latmun, Asquith, a remix by Carl Cox and more during The First 30 Mix...The second half will shine a spotlight on both Danny Byrd's and Friction's new albums which have finally arrived, and DISC 2 this week highlights Maribou State's new album, which is here at last.

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End-Of-Summer DEEP HOUSE SPECIAL! September 8, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed brings you an end-of-summer Deep House Special featuring tracks by Youandewan, Diego Krause, Benoit B., Marquis Hawkes & more...the second half continues the serene mood as she brings you two more blissful drum n bass tracks from Pola & Bryson's full-length album (she's sorry, but not sorry!), and a DISC 2 featuring more Marquis Hawkes, Bonobo & George FitzGerald, and Ross From Friends.

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VONDA7, Crush Club, Monki, Brookes Brothers, RUFUS DÜ SOL & more! September 1, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's a new month on Mind The Gap, and J Zed's got you covered with all new music from VONDA7, Joe Smooth, Crush Club, GotSome, Monki, and more during The First 30 Mix...MASSIVE drum n bass from Brookes Brothers, Unglued, and Pola & Bryson during the second half, and an EXTENDED DISC 2 with new material from Roosevelt, Maribou State, and RUFÜS DÜ SOL.

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J Zed’s Best Of August Playlist! August 25, 2018 | 10:00 pm

Get ready to revisit some future classics as J Zed brings you her Best Of August on this week's Mind The Gap, featuring a grab-bag of tracks by Paul Woolford, Nathan Micay, B.Traits, Roosevelt, Children Of Zeus, Melé & Shovell, The Deepshakerz, and much, much more.

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Ejeca, Techno Special! DnB from Danny Byrd & DISC 2 w/ Ross From Friends August 18, 2018 | 10:00 pm

All new music from Ejeca, a techno-themed First 30 Mix featuring music from Helena Hauff, Nina Kraviz, Nathan Micay, B.Traits and more...the second half features drum n bass from Danny Byrd and more from Urbandawn's new EP, and a DISC 2 exploring more from Ross From Friends' debut album.

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Tribal First 30 Mix, Pola & Bryson, Urbandawn & DISC 2 w/ Ross From Friends! August 11, 2018 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's got a new remix by Illyus & Barrientos, a very special Tribal House First 30 Mix with tracks from Secondcity, The Deepshakerz, Melé and more, drum n bass in the second half from Pola & Bryson and Urbandawn, and a DISC 2 with music from Ross From Friends' debut full-length album.

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Paul Woolford, ANOTR, DJ Boring, PLUS a UKHH Special & DISC 2 w/TEED & Roosevelt! August 4, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's a new month, so J Zed's kicking off the reset on Mind The Gap with all new tracks from Paul Woolford, ANOTR, DJ Boring, Swales, and more during The First 30 Mix...the second half will be a UK hip hop special shining a spotlight on the new albums by Children Of Zeus and Micall Parkinsun x Mr Thing, and DISC 2 rounds out the show with chillout material from Roosevelt and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED).

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J Zed’s Best Of July Playlist! July 28, 2018 | 10:00 pm

It's time for my Best Of July Playlist, which will span all corners of the club, from house and disco house to leftfield & techno...I'll be replaying my favorite tracks from the last 30 days, including those from Young Romantic, Soft House Company, Objekt, Applescal, These Machines, Doza, Fold, and more...DISC 2 will revisit tracks by Maribou State and SG Lewis.

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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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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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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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