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Welcome to 5 Mag #185.

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Huge new issue of 5 Mag featuring Tensnake, Joi Cardwell, the Death of the Packard Plant Project, Making techno out of political bullshit, the Politik and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.



The politics of The Politik. It's there if you can see it.

There is a lot going on in America and by extension in the world. And Lord do we know it - our staff is currently struggling through the second wave of coronavirus, renewed lockdowns and the general anxiety that comes from being a sentient being in the world right now.

This might be a strange time to release a new issue of 5 Mag, but if the last 8 months have taught us anything it's that there isn't really a great time to do anything. Not anymore. When it's time to press publish, you press it. Nobody's ever promised tomorrow and these days we don't know what the hell is coming tomorrow anyway, so just put it all out there now.

We have a really good issue this time around — a lot of our team came through with some really good, out-of-the-box features that we'd like to read but can't read anywhere else. Lauren Krieger contributed this issue's cover story with Tensnake. Harold Heath continued our series focusing on the voices of electronic music with Joi Cardwell, from her days recording Journey with the Lonely with Lil Louis to her present pursuits.

Terry Matthew contributed stories about the death of the "Packard Plant Project," the widely-publicized plan to rehab Detroit's venerable auto plant into (among other things) a Tresor-style techno nightclub; about why ticket brokers aren't, and will never be, responsible for "Saving Our Scene"; and a piece on the making of the 2007 Mark de Clive-Lowe and Bembe Segue album The Politik. And Will Sumsuch is back with a look at one of the best reads in electronic music and a penetrating piece on the new album from OPOLOPO.

And, as they say, there's still more. Thanks for reading and thanks for being there for us, we'll try to be there for you too.