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Disco is the precursor to House Music which reached its peak in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Disco is characterized by a fusion of funk, soul, R&B and pop music. (We also include Disco Edits in this category.)

Heatwave: The Band That Wouldn’t Die

A Stabbing, a Car Accident, Paralysis, a Coma: Nothing Could Stop the Heatwave - the Pre-Eminent Multi-Ethnic Band of the Funk, Boogie and Disco Era.   While noodling about this issue's subject, it occurred to me...
Hunee

Hunee: The 5 Magazine Interview

In contrast to the sterile one hour sets that are a by-product of the computer age, Berlin-based DJ and producer Hunee is known for his adventurous, extended sets, dropping disco with techno, acid with...

Joey Negro: The 5 Magazine Interview

  There is definitely something surreal about talking music on the phone with someone you consider one of your absolute favorite producers in the world. Dave Lee, aka Joey Negro, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, Sessomatto,...

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...

Francisco & Cosmo: Lineabeat Vol 3

Throbbing, horny and a little gross, the third edition of the Lineabeats series is the best one yet.

Steve Fabus: New Mix Monday

There's something to be said for longevity in this business. I don't know if it's the ultimate proving ground for a DJ's sound, but it's certainly one criteria - it's hard to think of...
horse meat disco

Horse Meat Disco’s Meat Me Down The Disco

Stomp through the Z Records archives with a 32 track selection of disco remixes and rarities on Horse Meat Disco's Meat Me Down The Disco.

Best Record Italy Found an Unreleased Edit of Klein & MBO’s The Theme

Klein + MBO was Chicago House before there was Chicago House. Best Record is reissuing The MBO Theme with an instrumental edit previously only heard on quarter inch tape.
Quincy Jones

The Essential Quincy Jones Playlist

Timmy Regisford, Mousse T. and (of course) Michael Jackson make appearances in the essential Quincy Jones playlist, compiled by DEL for his Foundations column. Related: Foundations: Quincy Jones, the Genius   Razzamatazz ('81; #3 Dance-Disco / #17 R&B...

Johnny D: A 5 Mag Mix Vol ++008

Johnny D, a giant in the music industry in general and founder of the legendary Henry Street Music takes us on a journey through the disco records and influences that helped shape the aesthetic...
Alan King

Alan King Interview

THE NAME ALAN KING is synonymous with the early history of Chicago House music. He was there at the beginning, and if this thing ever ends you can be sure that he'll be there...
fatback

Fatback: The Last of the Great Dance Bands

Can a band release 35 albums and still be "unsung"? In the case of Fatback, the answer is most certainly "Yes!"
al and the kidd

Massive Unreleased Heat from the Carl Maxx Kidd Archives

"We Like To Party" by Al & The Kidd is just the first of several records from the late Washington, DC legend's archives of funky Go-Go and Soul.
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Dimitri from Paris Preparing Epic CHIC Remixes

Dimitri From Paris presents Le Chic Remix, coming in June 2018 from Glitterbox Recordings.

500 Edits: Danny Krivit & the Birth of Re-Edit Culture

How it all began with one bad edit and an engineer wasting everyone's time: Harold Heath meets Danny Krivit for our disco issue cover story.
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From Hell With Love: 5 Years of Lumberjacks in Hell

The grand experiment known as Lumberjacks in Hell has been a smashing success. In five years’ time, label owner Marcel Vogel has managed the delicate balancing act of attracting some of the most prominent...

Cellophane: Music Colours

The notion of timelessness seems to be overwhelmingly an afterthought within the realm of contemporary dance music. The current system is driven by fast-paced mechanics, which carelessly govern the life cycle of a composition...
magic wand edits

Magic Wand Edits Vol 12 (Magic Wand)

Four tracks, four remixers as Magic Wand reaches volume 12 of their irresistible disco edit series.
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Underdog Edits are Back!

Leonard Part Sixx releases Underdog Edits 16 with a pair of polished disco gems.
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Shiro Schwarz: Together/Boogie Ghost

Chicago's Star Creature releases another magical platter of synth boogie from duo Shiro Schwarz.

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