There's no money in selling music anymore, people say. What they really mean is there's no money in it for YOU.
You could hear this one coming all summer long - like a giant stalking the nation, I think everyone heard the footfalls. And DJ Skull came through with one of the most unexpected but delightful comebacks by a Chicago artist this year.
The Slap Jaxx Podcast is a new techno mix series curated by Chicago's own Angel Alanis, exclusively for 5 Magazine. Volume 2 is from Chicago Techno legend DJ Hyperactive - a live vinyl set recorded at Chicago's Primary Nightclub.
Melodymathics debuts with a new label dedicated to showcasing newcomers (Barce) alongside established artists (Gari Romalis). And largely succeeds.
Pioneering San Francisco DJ Josh, aka Josh Ezelle, has passed away in a motorbike accident in Phuket, Thailand.
Planet-devouring Entity SFX continues massive assimilation, declares resistance "futile".
There's a small cult in Chicago that knows who he was and a smaller one that understands how great his records are.
And there's a free download off Plastik People Recordings' last Trini Deep release, too.
Drop the needle anywhere, at any point on any of the three tracks of Specter's new EP from Theo Parrish's Sound Signature and be prepared to scrape up what's left of your head off the floor.
Never formally released to begin with, his RH019 (The Lost Tracks) is one of the top re-issues of 2013.
From King Street's sister label, You're Not Mine gets treated by Bordertown, Jamie Antonelli, Apollo 84 and Souljackerz.