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Reaching a little bit higher: Jackie Queens

Based in South Africa, Jackie Queens says she has a song for every moment in her life. Before she's done there will be a Jackie Queens song for yours, too.
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Smartbar reopens: “We cannot wait to dance with you”

Chicago institution Smartbar will reopen starting this weekend for the first time in 16 months. Here's the line-up:

“Sociopaths in Headphones”: What happened when plague raves came to Zanzibar

Supporting a delusional president, superstar DJs & plague ravers partied with MAGA conspiracists & anti-vaxxers while the coronavirus silently whipped through Tanzania.
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#Rejuvenate – inside the new 5 Mag

Franck Roger, Ed Nine, Rodney Baker, Berlin under lockdown and more in the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.
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Chicago House pioneer Rodney Bakerr has died

Rodney Baker, known professionally as Rodney Bakerr and the brilliant artist behind early Chicago label Rockin' House passed away last week.
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Ashley Beedle mixes SANCTIFY vol 2

The next installment of 5 Mag's SANCTIFY deep house series featuring a mix from the legendary Ashley Beedle.
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Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction has died

Founder of Philpot and maker of wonderful things, Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction aka Jackmate has passed away after reporting a month ago he was undergoing chemotherapy.
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Dance Loud: This Moment & The Next

Chicago electronic music duo Dance Loud survived adversity to release their best work. After "The Moment," they're just getting started.

Namaste Bros: superstar DJs and plague raves in paradise

The party never ended for the rich - or the superstar DJs capitalizing on slack lockdowns in Mexico.

Black Motion: the Last Chapter & a New Beginning

5 Mag cover story with South African duo Black Motion, on 10 years of healing music and international acclaim: "This is a new dawn for the African artist."

#DieTrying – Inside the new 5 Mag

Josh Milan, Ashley Beedle, Terry Farley, Jackie Queens and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag.
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This is some Detroit Fire: vocalist Nikki O on Rough, Rugged, Raw

Detroit vocalist Nikki O has left her mark on some of the best deep house records of the last fifteen years.
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Brawther on the Start of the End

The French DJ/producer and 5 Mag friend on surviving and maybe thriving in the post-COVID music industry.
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Remembering Tim Baker, DJ

Detroit and longtime Chicago DJ, producer, designer and label owner Tim Baker passed away this weekend. This is how we'll remember him.
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Louie Vega & Kenny Dope are relaunching Masters At Work

Remastered catalog titles, mixes from the vault & the first new MAW single in more than 20 years, "Mattel," out April 2, 2021.
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Brawther mixes vol 1 of Sanctify, 5 Mag’s new Deep House series

SANCTIFY is 5 Mag's new deep house DJ mix series focusing on back-to-basics deep house and volume 1 is mixed by French maestro Brawther.
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RISING: Inside the new 5 Mag

Black Motion are rising, plus Detroit's Nikki O, Chicago's Dance Loud, Angel Moraes, Plague Ravers and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag.
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Monty Luke on BLM, climate change & making the catalogue of Black Electronic Music

5 Mag's latest cover story with Monty Luke, founder of Black Catalogue on racial justice, the effect of the music industry on climate change and preventing the erasure of Black artists from electronic music.
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Space Oddity: the weird history of the Soviet ANS synthesizer

The sound of Tarkovsky's Solaris, The Mirror and Stalker was generated by a strange machine that created sounds with drawings.
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There’s a new soccer team in town & it’s called the “Chicago House”

"Chicago House AC" begins competition in August 2021 and is presided over by, among others, the grandson of the White Sox owner during Disco Demolition Night.

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