Chuck Love: Bring Enough to Spill Some

Chuck Love came through Zentra in May, though I wasn't able to attend the show. This dual CD set arrived in the mail a week later and I'm kicking myself now for not making...

David Storm Ruffin: “Take Me Away”

A chill latin-influenced beat characterizes this track with a sweeter-than-sugar vocal loop. The arrangement is pretty nice - not overloaded with samples for the sake of it, but interesting enough both to listen to...

5 Magazine DJ Series presents DJ Alan King

Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured mixes from legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Gene Hunt and...
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Wayne Williams: The 5 Magazine Interview

Meet Wayne Williams: the man who brought House Music - or the embryo of what would become House Music - from the gay clubs to a straight audience in the mid- to late-1970s.

Skip & Silk’s Chicago House Music Documentary

ANY TRUE HOUSE FAN knows that there have been a few DVDs floating around as of late that chronicle the early days of House music in Chicago. Well, get ready for one more. About...

Craig Alexander: The 5 Magazine Interview

5 Magazine 2007 profile of Chicago House Music DJ and producer Craig Alexander.

Kstarke Records in Chicago

If you're thinking about dumping your turntables and making the switch to CDJs full-time, you better think twice - or at least make a visit to KStarke Records

Ultra Nate: The 5 Magazine Interview

Our interview with Ultra Nate, one of the most enduring dance music icons of our time.

5 Magazine DJ Series presents Elbert Phillips

Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured mixes from legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Gene Hunt and...

5 Magazine DJ Series presents Andre Harris

Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured mixes from legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Gene Hunt and...
Kerri Chandler

Kerri Chandler Interview (2007)

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE that anyone could pass over Kerri Chandler, but that's exactly what we've seen happening. When the sun rises every morning and sets in the west, you can take it for...
DJ Lady D

DJ Lady D: The 5 Magazine Interview

TIME TO ADMIT THE obvious: Lady D has become a full-fledged industry force in the worldwide House scene. In the twelve years that she's been practicing her craft, she's torn up more dancefloors than...

Bargrooves Black

This is a two CD mix set covering a pretty wide array of genres for just one release. Disc 1 is compiled and mixed by Ben Sowton; much of it is trancey and falls...

DJ Slugo: Juke or Die

He does it once more! That's right Chicago's own DJ Slugo drops another classic booty mix CD. And he proves that he must be recognized as truly one of the foremost pioneers of Ghetto...

Andre Harris: Dance With Me

The latest from Andre Harris on his Innate Soul digital label hearkens back a bit with a spoken word vocal reminiscent of Phuture. The vocal could go over well among a gay crowd or...

JoJo Baby: The 5 Magazine Interview

No matter whether you are new to the Chicago House scene or a veteran, you have felt the unmistakable energy that happens when a party has just the right combination of music and people....

Groove Junkies: The 5 Magazine Interview (2007)

THE HISTORY OF THE music industry, from Perry Como to Perry Farrell, might be littered with burned-out artists hyped as the Next Big Thing, but the House music industry doesn't live by those rules....

Cheyenne – “It’s In My Heart”

More on the progressive tip than straight-ahead House, this track exhibits some interesting arrangements and genuinely uplifting vocals from the singer Cheyenne. The mix has a lot of bells and whistles which makes it...
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Michael Ezebukwu: The 5 Magazine Interview

What do you know about Michael Ezebukwu? One of the legendary, most obscure original Chicago House DJs mounts a comeback.

Ron Trent: The 5 Magazine Interview

What happens when you raise a boy with Afrocentrism, polyrhythms, and mathematical precision? What if you throw in some music history, an extensive discography, love for movement, education, wisdom and a vision? The boy grows...