Roland Unveils ZEN-Core, a Brand New Synthesis System

Powering all new instruments and integrating them like never before, ZEN-Core will be baked into the heart of all new electronic instruments.

Crystal Waters & Hifi Sean’s HEAVY is a Track for Our...

HiFi Sean and Crystal Waters talk to Harold Heath about their new politically charged single "Heavy" and the role of an artist in a time of discontent.

This Is For You, from Maurissa Rose and Theo Parrish

Theo Parrish's latest single features stellar songwriting and even better vocals from Maurissa Rose.

Outer Limits is Unadulterated DJ Heat from Boo Williams

Boo Williams' "Outer Limits" is the kind of record Sun Ra might have made if he were born 50 years later and on the Southside of Chicago.

Chicago Celebrates Frankie Knuckles’ 65th Birthday

This year's fundraiser for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation is coming quick... this Sunday, with Michael Serafini and Garrett David from Queen, plus Alan King, Mark Grant and Zac Jones at Metro.

Surfing with the Aliens on Ellen Allien’s UFO Inc.

UFOx01 and UFOx02 dropped simultaneously as "very limited" white labels at ADE 2019 and more recently in digital format, and the combined 8 tracks makes for one of the strongest V/A compilations of the past year.

Endless Summer: Eli Escobar Drops Latest Album “Last Summer”

Eli Escobar's Last Summer harnesses the intimacy of music's new lo-fi downtempo Einsteins with the skills of one of the best house artists in America.

15 Years of Dirt Crew – A 5 Mag Mix vol...

Dirt Crew Recordings head Break 3000 plunders 15 years of the label's incomparable catalog for our latest 5 Mag Mix.

SoundCloud Introduces Mobile Track Editing

SoundCloud has enabled several tools for editing and pinning tracks to Spotlight - long established on their desktop website - for their mobile app.

Change Request Releases the Deep & Dark “Shatter Proof”

Andrew Emil (still here as Change Request) flexes his songwriting chops on "Shatter Proof," a new single from Mazi's Fresh Meat Records.

#ListenUp Brassy Grooves from Aathee and TomCat Trumpet on Besos

Kisses showcases the Chicago label and production team Aathee with some live vibes from TomCat Trumpet.

John Simmons: All I Can Say

The long and winding road taken by Chicago house DJ and now producer John Simmons.

Rick Wade Remixes Ritual for Moteur Ville Musique

Sick b-side jam on J Gabriel's Pretty Girls Don't Dance EP featuring Delano Smith and Rick Wade remixes.

Early Days: Selections by Nick Holder

Selected Works is a vinyl-only curated trip through the great deep house producer Nick Holder's catalog.

Kai Alcé & Alton Miller Remix Omar’s Benefit

Somewhere deep in New York or Atlanta there's a party where people play nothing but Kai Alce remixes all night long and it's the best party in the world.

Mike Bledsoe – Housebroken Mix

Getting his start by producing raves in Indianapolis in 1996, Mike Bledsoe made a visible dent in the Chicago scene for several years with his Housebroken events at clubs and afterhours spaces.

Colette, Czboogie & Lady D Play Free New Year’s Day Brunch

We've got you covered for New Year's Day in Chicago.

Louie Vega Previews New Album “Expansions in the NYC”

This one is for the dancers: Named after his residency, Louie Vega and Nervous Records drops a preview EP from his forthcoming Expansions in the NYC album.

#ListenUp Strut Reissues the Complete Nigeria 70 Series as a Box...

The 9 LP set from Strut also includes a documentary on the full flower of Nigeria's 1970s music scene.

Out Now: Crystal Waters + Hifi Sean in the New 5...

Music & Art in a Time of Political Despair, plus 15 years of Dirt Crew Recordings, Chicago homegrown house music savant John Simmons and more inside 5 Mag #178, out now.