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 Armand Van Helden, & Leftfield Electronica SPECIAL! October 21, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's got the brand, spanking-new track from Armand Van Helden this week, plus Mark Knight & Ragga Twins, and then she's combining both her DISC 2 and First 30 Mix segments to bring you a chilled-out leftfield house & techno special featuring both up- and downtempo tracks from the likes of Steffi, FJAAK, Bambounou, Youandewan, Call Super & Beatrice Dillon & more.

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Recent episodes

Honey Dijon, DnB SPECIAL, & Talamanca System DISC 2! October 14, 2017 | 10:00 pm

Kick your weekend into high gear with J Zed on Mind The Gap as she brings you an hour of power featuring Honey Dijon's acid remix of "Slave To The Rave", and so much more.

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Shadow Child, PAWSA, & a Radio Slave Special! October 7, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed brings you all new material from Shadow Child, Illyus & Barrientos, PAWSA, Crazy P, SYAP, & others...the second half will combine both uptempo electronic and her weekly DISC 2 segment with a special celebrating the first-ever full-length album by the techno legend that is Radio Slave.

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J Zed’s Best Of September Mix! September 30, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's bringing back some of her favorite tracks from the last 4 weeks' First 30 mixes, including tunes by Latmun, Groove Armada, Richy Ahmed, Viktor Carillo, Kiwi, Montel, Steve McCready, Catz N' Dogz, and DISC 2 featuring tracks by Skee Mask and Octo Octa.

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Boy 8-Bit, an ACID SPECIAL!, Bicep & more! September 23, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's got another EXTENDED First 30 mix this weekend in the form of a SPECIAL featuring some of the best in acid house and acid techno from the likes of Catz N' Dogz, Jay Lumen, Ellen Allien, Steffi, Steve McCready, LA-4A and more, plus new house from Boy 8-Bit, and a DISC 2 featuring Bicep and Etapp Kyle.

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Sub Focus + RUDIMENTAL, Special Request, Latmun, Richy Ahmed, & more! September 16, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed brings you an EXTENDED, 40-minute First 30 mix in the form of fresh new tunes by Sub Focus + Rudimental, Latmun, The Golden Boy, Richy Ahmed, Groove Armada, Solardo, Mella Dee, and Special Request is BACK with a belter of a new track. DISC 2 chills us out at the end of the show with new stuff from Lone, Roosevelt, and Tourist.

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JESSIE WARE! Plus Floorplan, Oliver Huntemann, David Lohlein & more! September 9, 2017 | 10:00 pm

The deep house/downtempo chanteuse known as Jessie Ware is BACK with an upcoming album and remixed single by Goldie, which J Zed will open with this Saturday on Mind The Gap!

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J Zed’s Best Of August, Chase & Status, Ross From Friends DISC 2! September 2, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed celebrates her Best Of August playlist, featuring some of the tracks she loved the most during the last four weeks during the first half of the show. Later, she'll have a drum n bass and jungle special featuring Makoto, Fred V & Grafix and tracks from Chase & Status' new full-length album, and a DISC 2 with Ross From Friends.

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Love Vibration Nation/The CoCreators Takeover! August 26, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed invites her friends from the Love Vibration Nation imprint, The CoCreators, in for a takeover of the show. The guys will take over this week's First 30 mix, and in the second half, we'll feature samplings from legendary tech house DJ Delgado's brand new EP on LVN's sub-label, R3UK, an interview with The CoCreators themselves, Marco DiCristo & Nicky Dee, about their upcoming projects, AND a WORLD EXCLUSIVE premiere.

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Fracture, Mall Grab, Notting Hill Carnival Special, Leftfield House Special, & TOKiMONSTA DISC 2! August 19, 2017 | 10:00 pm

Mind The Gap is on ONE HALF-HOUR EARLY (9:30 PM CST) this weekend as J Zed fills in for the Black Steel Brothers' last 30 minutes, so that means MORE CHOONS!

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Gerd Janson & Shan, Roy Davis, Jr, Toddla T Album Special, & DISC 2 with Infinity Ink! August 12, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed brings you a Toddla T special featuring material from his first album in 6 years (plus a special surprise throwback track ;) ), plus a First 30 featuring Gerd Janson + Shan, Roy Davis, Jr, Nihil Young/Less Hate, Friction, Stylo G and more, and finishing with a DISC 2 courtesy of Infinity Ink.

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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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