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Rees Urban is a contributing editor of 5 Magazine, a producer, DJ and co-hosts the 5 Magazine Radio Show. You can contact him at urban@5chicago.com, via twitter and facebook.
This small label from Northwest Indiana has been hammering out the releases (most recently one from yours truly titled Urban Renewal). Shameless plug aside, MWH returns with four tracks of new school Jackin' House. Three of the four tracks...
DJ Dealer

DJ Dealer: Hooka EP

Some fun summer sample tracks from the man that is busier in the studio than Ryan Seacrest is on television. All 3 tracks hold things down in their own right. "Dirty Money" samples dialogue from a '70s film talking...
Urban's Take: More mixes here than you need but that's how to make sure everyone plays your record. Remixes are featured by Claude Monnet, DJ Meme, Those Usual Suspects & Lifelike as well as 2 from Dimitri himself. The...
In Chicago, Bad Boy Bill (website, discogs, twitter, myspace, facebook, youtube) is best known for his mix shows on WMBX, WGCI and B96 and he is credited to being the founding father of the mixtape. With a career...
Whether you remember him as Virgo, Hercules, On The House, Jungle Wonz, the producer for Ten City or simply Marshall Jefferson (website, discogs, facebook, myspace), he has been in the crates of DJs from the beginning. He now resides...
After a bit of a hiatus one of Chicago's most underrated talents, DJ Jes, returns with the release of a 13 track CD album on his Fresca Recordings label. Well worth the wait, Jes brings a variety of House...
Phil Asher records a soothing piece of deep House bliss at it's finest under his "Phlash & Friends" moniker for Italian label Archive, following up his "Revolution = Solution" release, featured on the Gilles Peterson In The House compilation....
I first heard this from the Groove Junkies during a set at WMC. It had me hooked right off the bat. Most tunes might require an additional listen but not this. A wicked electric piano accompanied by a synth...
If you don't know Phil Asher's Phlash & Friends alias you need to get yourself acquainted rather swiftly. For WMC this year Archive released these Rarities which are a collection of previously unreleased versions of some really hot songs...
A proud "re-plant" to Chicago, DJ Dealer recently moved back to his former childhood home after spending much of his musical career in Denver. It was there that he built an incomparable reputation as a solo artist in addition...
Some know him as Stax, others as Harmony Funk and most as Abicah Soul. With a plethora of releases over the last few years Stax, founder of Abicah Soul Records, is quickly becoming a household name in the House...
NOTE: This is the extended version of Rees Urban's interview with Lars Behrenroth, published in the February 2009 issue of 5 Magazine. A native of a small fishing town outside Hamburg, Germany, Lars Behrenroth now resides in L.A. where...
danism

Danism: Afterdark EP III

The duo of Dans return to Milk N 2 Sugars to bring you a three tracker of hypnotizing big room joints. Slightly atmospheric with its delayed effects, "The Jungle" leads the EP off with a plump, synthy bassline, overall...
From basketball star to DJ and producer extraordinaire, Tyree Cooper is still on top of his game. The 5 Mag interview.
Not sure what to say about this. It sounds as if the title was sparked after watching a Kill Bill marathon. The beats produced by Brazilian Soul Crew are nice but "Bang Bang" doesn't do it for me. The...
Nice inspirational garage track remixed by Italian producer Ciappy DJ, featuring the ever-talented diva vocalist Su Su Bobien. A proper intro and outro make this remix ideal for mixing. Beautiful horns layer nicely throughout the track along with a...
Craig's newest endeavor on the Oblique label is a three track EP touching a variety styles. The First cut "Keep It Coming" is a slow builder with a flute-like lead sound accompanied by some nice strings. It eventually follows...

Bear Who?: U Step

After Bear Who?'s interview for September, I decided it would be a good idea to review his upcoming single entitled "U Step" for November. There are seven total mixes to choose from here, one for people into any style...

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