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Deep House is a subgenre of House Music. Originating in the 1980s – particularly with the music of Larry Heard, Fingers Inc, and others – it fuses elements of Chicago House with a more melodic, sometimes soulful feeling.

Brawther: The Underground Is Alive

Years before I knew him, I heard about him - this guy from France who made these incredibly sensual and deep records that each found their way as the "secret weapon" in the bag...

John Morales: The Return of the Disco Legend

In music, and especially in underground music, the word "legend" is thrown around to the point where it loses all meaning. What is a legend? It's someone who broke the mold - someone whose sounds,...
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Listen to Mystic Bill’s Ferocious Throwback “U Won’t C Me”

Nothing sensitive or subtle about this one. Mystic Bill - the man who DJ'd for your favorite DJ's DJ - teams up with German label Snuff Trax for the forthcoming EP U Won't C...

Theaster Gates’ New Art Space to Host Frankie Knuckles’ Record Collection

We heard about this earlier this year but the cat is out of the bag. ArtNews posted a story about Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who we'd been informed discretely was working with the late...
Boo Williams

Boo Williams: Looney Chunes Vol 1 / Back To The Future

Color me amazed. New label Contemporary Scarecrow has planted a foot firmly in the scene by dragging several classic Boo Williams compositions out of the cobwebs and blending them with four brand new cuts....

Marshall Jefferson: The 5 Magazine Interview

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...

Fred Everything Interview

FRED EVERYTHING might have a funny name, but there's a very good reason for it. He originally earned his moniker because he played "everything" in his live sets at events in his native Canada,...
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Lee Mills – Hands Together (Fresh Meat Records)

I can mark time by Fresh Meat's records. I've written more about this label than any other, and the last five or six years has seen the beginning and end of relationships, friendships, personal...

Victor Simonelli: A 5 Mag Mix vol 15

One of the founding fathers of House Music, Garage and dance music, period! The legendary Victor Simonelli contributes a live mix to 5 Magazine ahead of headlining our 10 year anniversary this October 17...

Derrick Carter and Chez Damier, Live at the Apple Store

In the 1990s, Derrick Carter and Chez Damier formed two of the most influential labels in music history, right here in Chicago. Twenty years later, they are celebrated at home and internationally as two...
Joey Negro

How I Play: Joey Negro on the Culture and Craft of DJing

DJs today are confronted with an astonishing number of choices, from vinyl to digital media, controllers, mixers, and the unending stream of more music being released for consumption than at any time in history. It's...
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Caserta’s “Ricky” Is Another Grand Shadeleaf Release

Shadeleaf has been somewhat over-represented in our review section over the last year. It's for good reason, and you should prepare for many more. thatmanmonkz continues to give a clinic in modern A&R with...
Gene Farris

Gene Farris: The 5 Magazine Interview

ONE OF THE MOST accomplished DJs and producers of House Music's "second wave" of the 1990s, Gene Farris picked up himself and his Farris Wheel Recordings imprint last October and returned to Chicago, the...

Specter: The Gooch (Sound Signature)

This is like reading the back of a pack of Chinese firecrackers: light quickly and run away. Drop the needle anywhere, at any point on any of the three tracks of Specter's new EP...
Spencer Kincy

Sign of the Gemini: The Strange and Beautiful Music of Spencer Kincy

FOR FOUR YEARS I've been chasing a ghost, and his name is Spencer Kincy. I've been told by some people to leave the ghost alone, while others have all but berated me for not pursuing...
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Harry Wolfman & Laurence Guy: The Lone Grazer EP

Having just heard the sad news that the brilliant Lost My Dog Records are to close their doors in 2015, I must confess that writing this review feels bittersweet to say the least. Young...

Jenifa Mayanja and Dakini9: Heading Into Tomorrow/Polarity Shift (Sound Warrior)

Hakim Murphy turned me on to a ton of great records in the year he was writing for 5 Magazine. His review of Jenifa Mayanja's full length Walking In The Shadows LP was such...

Jason Hodges Mix: New Mix Monday vol 180

Jason Hodges (Junction Style Music, Sampled, Apt Entertainment, Organized Music) mixes volume 180 of New Mix Monday, 5 Magazine's weekly House Music guest mix series. Canadian-born Jason Hodges first arrived on the scene in late...

Rick Wade: Big Push (The Playground)

This is an interesting project from a new label out of Denver called The Playground: vinyl only, limited edition and (I think) hand-stamped, with a run limited to 200. I suspect they'll be hard...
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Classic Label Cyclo Reissues and Remixes Rednail Kidz

The Derrick Carter and Chris Nazurka collaboration "Do My Thing" gets remixed by Mystic Bill, Hallo Halo, Your Only Friend and Nacho Marco. There ain't a human being on Planet Earth that can say they...

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Timmy Regisford and Soul Clap mixes, Bonobo on Outlier, A Man Called Adam, Toy Tonics, James "Jack Rabbit" Martin and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag. Members Only.

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