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

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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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