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Disco is the precursor to House Music which reached its peak in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Disco is characterized by a fusion of funk, soul, R&B and pop music. (We also include Disco Edits in this category.)

Theaster Gates’ New Art Space to Host Frankie Knuckles’ Record Collection

We heard about this earlier this year but the cat is out of the bag. ArtNews posted a story about Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who we'd been informed discretely was working with the late...

Four Play Sessions vol 22: Go BANG! with Sergio Fedasz & Steve Fabus

Sergio Fedasz and Steve Fabus mount a Go BANG! takeover of Four Play Sessions, a monthly mix series from Chicago's Four Play Music curated by Andrew Emil exclusively for 5 Magazine. Go BANG! (SoundCloud) is...

John Morales: The Return of the Disco Legend

In music, and especially in underground music, the word "legend" is thrown around to the point where it loses all meaning. What is a legend? It's someone who broke the mold - someone whose sounds,...

Boris Midney: Companion

It's rare that any recording tugs my heartstrings in so many directions. Companion is an ensemble group brought together by Soviet-born Jazz composer Boris Midney in 1981, featuring Charmaine on vocals. He is behind...
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Soul Clap Edit of Benjamin Ball’s I Just Keep Dancing on Wax

Soul Clap's choice remix from the South African '80s synth-disco project Boogie Breakdown gets served up.

Razor-N-Tape Drops Some Nasty Eli Escobar Edits

Edits from Eli Escobar's personal arsenal served up by Razor-N-Tape on vinyl.

17 Essential Walter Gibbons Mixes

DEL combs though his collection to pick 14 essential tracks remixed by Walter Gibbons. Read more about Walter Gibbons in Mixed With Love: A Story About Walter Gibbons.   Ten Percent (Double Exposure) ('77; #11 Disco-Dance/#56 R&B charts)...

Who is Robert Williams?

WHO IS THE MAN with the glasses, the one you see at certain House parties? Those who know him revere him, and for those of you who don't, it's time to brush up on...
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The Radio Station Behind Disco Demolition Night Turns into Christian Station

WLUP took part in the infamous Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in 1979. Now they're turning into a Christian broadcasting station.
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Watch Frankie Knuckles’ Full Uncut Interview with Nicky Siano

Nicky Siano posts the uncut 34 minute interview with Frankie Knuckles from his documentary Love Is The Message.
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Francisco & Cosmo Drop Lineabeat Vol 4

The economy could crash, Mount Etna could erupt and there would still be an unending flow of exceptional, eclectic Disco emerging out of Italy.

Fatback: The Last of the Great Dance Bands

Can a band release 35 albums and still be "unsung"? In the case of Fatback, the answer is most certainly "Yes!"

Ten Years Ago This Website Saved My Life

If you didn't live it, you read about it, heard about and learned about it. Or you're lying about it. These are facts: the amount of people who claim today that they were "at the...

DJ Rush Live at Urban’s House in Chicago: January 6, 2011

For the last three years, we've been honored to have House Music legend and worldwide electronic music icon DJ Rush celebrate his birthday with us at Urban's House, 5 Mag's Thursday night residency at...
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Whatever Happened to Gino Soccio?

As I drove back from Brooklyn with my friends, DJ colleagues, and orchestrators of the seminal Sundae party in Philly Dirty and Lee Jones, we were all taken aback by what we had just...
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Quincy Jones, the Genius

This installment of FOUNDATIONS is focused on a media genius. Quincy Jones has not only left an indelible mark on music but, also on TV and film, as an author, and with countless humanitarian...

Ron Trent’s Dance Floor Boogie Delites

"If you close your eyes you can almost hear Stevie": Ron Trent's Boogie Down/In The Light on Music and Power.
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Z Records’ Under The Influence vol 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRd_QsJTM3Q Let no smartass tell you that the mix CD is dead. It's changed, like everything else has changed, and the ubiquity of DJ mixes in the internet era has probably dented the market significantly....
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JT Donaldson’s 7 Inch Adventures

The restless adventurer has found a new calling. One-time Chicago resident JT Donaldson played twice in as many months in the city this summer, with something new in his bag. Or sort of new. They're...
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Chosen Few Picnic Weekend 2018 Dates, Lineup & Everything In One Place

Chicago's first homegrown House Music and Disco festival returns July 8 2018. Full line-up and details inside.


Duke Shin and 5 Years of Bringing The Goods

Exclusive mix and interview with Duke Shin, purveyor of fine beats and impresario behind The Goods Thursday nights, celebrating their 5th anniversary.




12 Years of Breaking Records

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