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

Patrick Topping, London Elektricity Big Band, & Part 3 of Best Of 2017! December 16, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's got the new belter from Patrick Topping, material from London Elektricity Big Band, and Part Three of her Best Of 2017 Playlist, which is ALL tribal and Latin house--think Melé, COEO, Addison Groove, & more...and DISC 2 comes to us courtesy of Chloé.

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Recent episodes

Mella Dee, Dusky, Yousef, Best Of 2017 Part 2, & DISC 2 w/Avalon Emerson! December 9, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed brings you all-new music from Mella Dee, Yousef, Dusky, and LovePeaceX, PLUS Part Two of her Best Of 2017...think FOLD, Richy Ahmed, Marlena Shaw...DISC 2 features something leftfield and lovely from Avalon Emerson.

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Best Of November Playlist & Best of 2017, Part One! December 2, 2017 | 10:00 pm

It's a big night on Mind The Gap this weekend as J Zed brings you her Best Of November Playlist...*AND*, Part One of her Best Of 2017.

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Mr Bailey, Cassy, Chloé, Dario Zenker, & ADE Revisited w/ Sonika Music! November 25, 2017 | 10:00 pm

We've got The Colonel & Mr Bailey, Dusky, Cassy & Demuir, Dario Zenker, Special Request & more during The First 30 mix...the second half has a post-ADE roundup courtesy of the Sonika Music label (hey, ADE was a month ago...but who cares!? Let's relive the music!!), and DISC 2 features something from French electronic producer Chloé's new album.

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BEATS, BEATS, BEATS! November 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm

The theme this week is "BEATS, BEATS, BEATS!" in the form of driving tribal and garage tracks by Kah-Lo, Lady Chann, and Toddla T, and 30 minutes of every variety of drum & bass there is, ranging from hard-driving bass from Friction and S.P.Y., to dreamy, emotional liquid DnB from Etherwood & Keeno. DISC 2 features electronica from Special Request's new album, and from leftfield producer Roy Comanchero.

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TIEKS, Artwork, Helena Hauff, Shogun Audio Special, & DISC 2 w/ Daphni! November 11, 2017 | 10:00 pm

We'll have TIEKS, Helena Hauff, GotSome, Artwork, Lauren Lo Sung & Citizenn and more during The First 30...the second half will explore more from Shogun Audio's latest compilation, and DISC 2 features leftfield electronica from Daphni's new album.

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Riton, Daphni, Jesse Rose Special, & DISC 2 w/ RUBEO! November 4, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's back at it again this week with tracks from Riton, Daphni, Theo Kottis, Peggy Gou, Lion Pink & more, plus a special celebrating the final record of iconic DJ & producer Jesse Rose, set to retire from music at the end of this year, and a DISC 2 featuring LOCAL electronica from RUBEO.

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J Zed’s Best Of October Playlist, PLUS DnB from Shogun Audio! October 28, 2017 | 10:00 pm

J Zed's Best Of October mix is on the schedule with favorites from the last 4 weeks by Illyus & Barrientos, Crazy P, Jamie xx, Honey Dijon, and more...we'll have drum n bass in the second half from the Shogun Audio imprint, and a DISC 2 re-visiting Youandewan.

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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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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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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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