Disco/Edits

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...
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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...
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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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#ListenUp Disco Fire from ESCORT for New Album City Life

New video, new single, new album, new tour - "City Life" from Escort, America's favorite live disco band.
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Cándido: Revolutionary, the Thousand Finger Man and the Hands of Fire

One of the most important percussionists in history has died. Cándido Camero changed popular music forever - and almost invented house music along the way.
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Dave Lee drops “Starlight” – his new track with Omar

Showered in neo-soul, "Starlight" hangs on a gorgeous hook, a chorus that elevates a mid-tempo track into a soul-with-strings tour de force.
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Mapping 50 years of disco on a speaker circuit diagram

Dorothy's Disco Love Blueprint traces the history of disco through the people and places who connected one another.

Disco Refugees: Dan Hartman, Loleatta Holloway and the Day After Disco Died

It was supposed to be the deal of the century, and in retrospect - if you count art rather than commerce - it was. It was a project bringing together the most talented songwriter...

Mark Grusane Releases MGM Edits Vol 2

Mark Grusane captivates with three untitled tracks ingeniously edited from the fruits of decades of crate digging

Sergio Fedasz: New Mix Monday #173

San Francisco DJ and producer Sergio Fedasz mixes Volume 173 of New Mix Monday, 5 Magazine's weekly House Music guest mix series. Listen to Sergio Fedasz: New Mix Monday #172 by5 Magazine on hearthis.at Co-founder and...

Louie Vega Brings the Disco Heat from Sylvester

Three remixes of Sylvester's "Dance (Disco Heat)" continues Louie Vega's romp through disco's attic.

Louie Vega’s NYC DISCO is a New Classic

When I heard Louie's confirmation that he was indeed going to release a disco album, I knew it would be good. Everyone did. But the usual pre-release hype aside, NYC Disco is a new classic.

Huge Archive of Lost Philly Sound Funk & Disco Recordings Found

An abandoned storage locker held thousands of Sigma Sound Studio tapes, now being preserved and restored by Drexel University in Philadelphia.
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Vinyl Only boogie grooves from Yse Saint Laur’Ant on “Today”

Ant Plate of Rhythm Plate exercises their boogie muscles as Yse Saint Laur'Ant's on "Today" from Vinyl Only records.
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Dave Lee and Incognito’s Bluey team up on In 2 The Light

The latest release from Dave Lee's lesser-traveled Lakeshore Commission alias is as fine as anything you'll find bottled up in a rich man's cellar.
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John Morales: “Today when I work on a track in my studio, I’m alone”

The difference between making music in the 1970s vs now is that today the creator is usually alone. Nowadays the great studios are vacant, hollow rooms that echo with the sounds and memories of the great music they once created.
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Sylvester Fabuloso!

I recently did a lecture and DJ'd a party for Brian Cassidy's Cave Cast series where I discussed some of the foundations of philaDELphia music. During the podcast, I mentioned the impact that AIDS had...

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Beloved: Inside the new 5 Mag

An oral history of Freerange Records with Jimpster, Tom Roberts, Matt Masters, Pezzner, Manuel Tur and Fred Everything, plus Chicago house with Black Sjuan, DJ Paulette's welcome to the club, Elbert Phillips on Tears, Dark Heaven and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.