Deep House

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.

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David Marston: The 5 Mag Interview

David Marston has released two sunny and splendidly melodic records for Soul Clap Records, Jamaicalia and Kindness of Bearer. People cannot stop raving about them.
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Doc Link: A 5 Mag Mix #25

Doc Link has been arming DJs for decades, and more recently been supplying fantastic tracks in a constant stream of new jacks making new beats via his MGD (Modulate Goes Digital) label. So it's about...
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Up All Night with Tony Humphries

After 35 years DJing, Tony Humphries has done it all. Twice. From holding down the legendary Zanzibar, from which much of the scene to come would find their inspiration, to KISS FM and some...

Anaxander: A 5 Mag Mix vol 24

I saw the name "Anaxander" about a thousand times before I heard his records. That's a slight exaggeration, but only a little one. Anaxander has released a spectacular series of records, including From the Dirty...
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Kenny Dope and the Return of Dopewax

He's best known for partnering with Louie Vega in Masters at Work, but that's just one entry in a long list of Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez's career highlights. He's also collaborated with Vega in MAW's...

Reflections on Frankie Knuckles

Symbolically and appropriately, 5 Magazine, a Chicago publication (in origin and spirit), was and is intricately tied to Frankie Knuckles. Without pause, Frankie Knuckles not only lived the "roots of modern dance" - he personified...

Chicago Skyway: The 5 Magazine Interview

"Chicago is still the best city in the world when it comes to dance music." This is not a controversial statement from Chicago Skyway, but it's one he is uniquely qualified to make. Sean Hernandez...
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Ortella: A 5 Mag Mix vol 21

I first came across Ortella from his Mad in Lyon EPs, released on the routinely brilliant Rutilance Records label based in France. Tracks like "Reflex" and "Work That Shit" were (and remain) DJ stand-bys,...
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The Final Cuts: Eric Kupper on Frankie Knuckles

From The Whistle Song to Director's Cut, Eric Kupper probably made more records with Frankie Knuckles than any other man or woman alive. He's produced more than 2000 records in his own right (including work...
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Mood II Swing: Back In The Groove

Mood II Swing's Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone left an indelible imprint in House music's global psyche since their debut in the early '90s. With Lem on keyboards and John doing the beats, their...

Dennis Ferrer Reinvents Himself, Again & Again

Never one to be shy about his views on the current musical climate, Dennis Ferrer's interviews always draw lots of attention. Getting ready to play here in Chicago this Friday, this time he tackles festival...

Ashley Beedle: The 5 Magazine Interview

IN THE EARLY YEARS OF HOUSE MUSIC in the UK, the traffic was largely one-way, coming to these islands from across the pond. Tales of the niche underground sub-genre called "Acid House" infecting the mainstream...

Kerri Chandler is Coming to Chicago!

After years of trying to bring back the highly esteemed King of '90s Deep House - the true master of all things soulful and garage - the dream has come to fruition. Kerri "Kaoz"...

Ron Trent at This Week’s Wired Fridays

Downtown Chicago comes alive with the sound of House Music first and third Fridays throughout this Winter and Spring. That's when Wired Fridays, presented by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and...

Kim Ann Foxman: The Firehouse Rules

The alumni of Hercules and Love Affair are legion, and none has stepped out quite so far and quite so fast as Kim Ann Foxman. After collaborations with Maya Jane Coles and Nick Anthony...

Jeremy Newall: A 5 Mag Mix vol 19

When you've spent some time immersed in underground music, it can start to feel like the real tastemakers almost never get their props. In the 1970s and 1980s, radio jocks in New York, Detroit...

Spencer Kincy Mixes: South of Da Border (Complete)

This is a DJ mix from Chicago House legend Spencer Kincy aka Gemini. This was ripped from cassette tape from the 1990s and retains the Side A/Side B split formatting. Our complete archive of Spencer...

Gemini Inc: The Second Act of Spencer Kincy

The hottest producer in the underground hasn't made a record in more than ten years. There's an old line that comes up in Hollywood that the most in-demand screenwriter of the moment is William...

Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live in Bonn 1995

This is a soulful and jazzy mix (beginning with the epic Chuck Roberts vocal "In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a groove, and from this groove came the groove of all...

What Happened to Gemini? A Spencer Kincy Update

(This article about Spencer Kincy was originally published at the now-defunct housemusicdaily site. Since a few other things I've written reference this, I thought it sensible to reproduce it here. I wrote something else...

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