Disco/Edits

Disco/Edits

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.)

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,...
Judy Cheeks

Whatever Happened to Judy Cheeks?

Remember Judy Cheeks? The preacher's daughter and supremely underrated vocalist can make a fair claim to having been one the most versatile and enduring dance music vocalist of the last 30 years. Example: Judy released...

Heatwave: The Band That Wouldn’t Die

A Stabbing, a Car Accident, Paralysis, a Coma: Nothing Could Stop the Heatwave - the Pre-Eminent Multi-Ethnic Band of the Funk, Boogie and Disco Era.   While noodling about this issue's subject, it occurred to me...

Bernard’s Amazing Disco Band: I Want Some Trade

It was 1992. I had been playing the previous record on DJ World, "Bitch" by Jamie Principle, and was heading out of Gramaphone when copies of "I Want Some Trade" arrived. I snapped a...

SanFranDisko Edits Stephanie Mills & The Weather Girls

Supreme slow jams edited by veteran rumprouser Paul Goodyear from SoundCloud and HearThis.at.

Donnell Pitman Live: Universal Vibrations at Hideout April 15 2017

Legendary underground disco icon Donnell Pitman's first live performance in Chicago in more than 30 years.

Mr. Mendel: A 5 Mag Mix Vol ++005

Mr. Mendel takes over A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine's signature mix and interview series. "I know in Chicago it’s like cussing in the church," Mr. Mendel says, "but I sometimes tell beginning DJs that...

Matthew Kyle’s In The Woods

Matthew Kyle and his downtempo disco machine.

Danny Krivit, a Razor Blade & TK Disco

Special Disco Edits vol 3 sees the NYC DJ pioneer hacking at the TK Disco catalog again, with marvelous results.

Reflections on Frankie Knuckles

Symbolically and appropriately, 5 Magazine, a Chicago publication (in origin and spirit), was and is intricately tied to Frankie Knuckles. Without pause, Frankie Knuckles not only lived the "roots of modern dance" - he personified...
Joey Negro

Joey Negro Mix: Live at Goldfish in Sydney February 28 2014

Update: Our man Joey Negro just sent us an exclusive mix ahead of his date this Friday, March 21, 2014 at Primary Nightclub in Chicago. Here we go now: Joey Negro (who we interviewed for...
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Karizma and Marcel Vogel: The Deadpool

Fierce, ferocious and sanctified: Karizma's "Work It Out" is a raw sucker punch of The Word right in the gut.
Disco Demolition Night

Disco Demolition Night: A Drunk History

Season four of the Comedy Central Show Drunk History will feature a slightly misremembered history of Chicago's infamous Disco Demolition Night.

Dave Allison: A 5 Mag Mix vol 14

Dave Allison mixes volume #14 of A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine's flagship mix and interview series. Being named Mark Farina's favorite producer on Soundcloud is no small feat. Montreal's Dave Alison has amassed quite...
dimitri from paris

Disco Forever: Dimitri from Paris on the Rise and Fall of Philly Disco

Dimitri from Paris, dance music's foremost musicologist and the master of the compilation, returns with Get Down With the Philly Sound - a stunning collection and remix pack highlighting the sound of Philly International,...
jellybean

Jellybean Benitez on the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Disco

August 2012 marks one year since the notorious Studio 54 re-opened its doors, this time as 24/7 Disco station on Sirius-XM satellite radio. To mark the occasion, we spoke with Studio 54 Executive Producer...
tim zawada

Tim Zawada: The 312 Mix Vol 19

5 Magazine's Chicago-centric podcast series features half (Side A!) of a new cassette tape mix and interview from our town's Tim Zawada (Tugboat Edits, Star Creature).

Vega Records Uncovers Unreleased Loleatta Holloway

The new release, "Can't Let You Go" was completed before her passing in 2011.
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Joey Negro’s 2008 Dub Mighty Bloody Real (Free Download)

Way ahead of it's time, Better Days Records featured some of the most beautiful and most versatile bootleg disco edits in the world. Better Days also published some of the most hilarious tongue-in-cheek pseudonyms...

Cellophane: Music Colours

The notion of timelessness seems to be overwhelmingly an afterthought within the realm of contemporary dance music. The current system is driven by fast-paced mechanics, which carelessly govern the life cycle of a composition...

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