We’ve featured a lot of people in our New Mix Monday series. Some are legends, some are local heroes, some are people just getting into the game. Our selection process is very much based on what we’re feeling from moment to moment.

But this one is very special. I first interviewed Tevo Howard about a year and a half ago, reviewed a lot of his music (including the forthcoming 12″ Until Now from the new project RUBY with Lionel Melgar and Gustavo Guerra, reviewed in our January issue).

I’ve felt that Tevo, as much as any single man can, encapsulates a lot that I love about Chicago and her artists, from the inventiveness of his compositions, his willingness to satisfy his own artistic impulses rather than play to the crowd, and of course the raw determination so many people from this city have to possess in the face of obstacles and obscurity.

So here is his latest mix – recorded exclusively for 5 Magazine – and it’s blown me away. By way of introduction, Tevo’s appended this note:


This is a recording of some of the tracks from my live set. The recordings heard here utilize the project stems of the original recordings pumped into Ableton Live, and controlled by trigger. Also included is a cover of Madonna’s Holiday. Please be free and enjoy. T.H.


The playlist is below; all tracks are by Tevo Howard unless otherwise noted.

Thank you Tevo, and thank you for listening!

Tevo Howard (Live): 5 Magazine’s New Mix Monday #163

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Tracklist: Tevo Howard (Live): New Mix Monday vol 163

001: Tevo Howard – Move – Rush Hour Recordings
002: Tevo Howard – Special – Permanent Vacation
003: Tevo Howard – Pump and Bounce – Permanent Vacation
004: Tevo Howard – Shaquanda – Thug Records
005: Tevo Howard – Laboratory – Rush Hour Recordings
006: Tevo Howard – Duaa – Beautiful Granville Records
007: Tevo Howard – Dependency – (signed to Simonico)
008: TYREZ – Relationship – Tevo Howard Recordings
009: Madonna (performed by THE BLACK ELECTRO ORCHESTRA) – Holiday –
010: RUBY – Anna You Get the Best of Me – Rebirth Records
011: Polyrhythmic – Polyrhythmic –
012: Tevo Howard – Spend Some Time – Rush Hour Recordings
013: Tevo Howard – Age of Compassion – Buzzin’ Fly Records
014: Tevo Howard – Houseroom – BioRythm
015: Tevo Howard – Autumn Spell – Rush Hour Recordings


  1. […] Tevo Howard doesn’t play all that much in Chicago; I think there are veteran scenesters that still don’t have much idea who he is. Most of his records are pressed in Europe rather than back home. He doesn’t complain about this. And he doesn’t have a team or a crew or a massive organization other than the usual partnerships one establishes to make a living in the business. He collaborates often enough – with Tracey Thorn, with Kate Simko, with his dad – but I can’t get the image out of my head of Tevo crouched over some black machinery with wood panelling, harsh light overhead, working alone and never with much fanfare. […]

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