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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.)

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#ListenUp Funked Up Disco on Doc Link’s Southside Boogie

Doc Link's "Southside Boogie" is a hunk of funked up disco, soul with strings and a manic bassline groove.

KON! The 5 Magazine Interview

The King of Nothing: Will Sumsuch profiles Kon for a 5 Magazine cover story.

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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Listening Room: Marcel Vogel on Doin It (Intimate Friends)

There's a story behind every track. Or at least the good ones. Listening Room is our (somewhat neglected of late) music feature devoted to discovering new music and learning the story behind the tracks...
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Soul Survivor: The Life and Times of John Morales

There hasn't yet been a history book written about John Morales. There will be. The legend of disco pioneer and mix savant John Morales
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Jamie 3:26: The 5 Magazine Interview

Maybe the hardest working DJ in the scene, Jamie 3:26 is one of Chicago's true House Music soldiers. And thanks to the success of his original recordings, edits, remixes and a spinning style known...

Matthew Kyle: Exclusive Interview and Mix

Officially released on vinyl on in February, Matthew Kyle's Diner City Sound Volume 1 was a sensation for fans of disco. In fact, it was a sensation even before it was released. As the...

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)...

Joey Negro: What The Future Looks Like

EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME that guessing the future of anything is pretty much impossible; at best you might get it half right. If you'd asked me in 2005 where dance music would be in...

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...

Louie Vega Brings the Disco Heat from Sylvester

Three remixes of Sylvester's "Dance (Disco Heat)" continues Louie Vega's romp through disco's attic.

Remembering Sugarfoot: The Ohio Players’ Frontman Passes Away at Age 69

And so we read the sad news this morning that Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the Ohio Players who inspired three generations of House, Hip Hop and Soul musicians, passed away over the weekend....
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Horse Meat Disco at Smartbar June 25 2016

“I guess kids and people in general need love and happiness, so they try our party and go home with a smile and a feelgood vibe.” That’s from Severino, one of four resident DJs...

Can You Feel The Force?

Disco legend John Luongo gets his time to shine on this double LP collection of classic remixes from Groove Line.

Aimes: Pleasure Cruise/Acid Dreaming

Aimes - Pleasure Cruise b/w Acid Dreaming by Aimes When I was younger I used to walk around strange neighborhoods and imagine that everyone behind the shuttered windows was busy writing symphonies or novels or...

Mixed With Love: A Story About Walter Gibbons

My musical foundations were deeply rooted in Wayne & Barry Geftman's The Second Story nightclub in Philly. A couple of months after it opened, as my brother Jimmy worked the lights, I was in...
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Phil Gerus: Make Time EP

A lethal EP of Phil Gerus' little masterpieces of lo-fi funk and piecemeal production virtuosity from True Romance.
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Foundations: Voyage and “An Absolute Timeless Dance Classic”

Music has always been a journey. The journey to our modern dance music had many foundations that have been shared in this column. Soul, funk, R&B, jazz, and rock all have played a key...
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5 Years and 21 Tracks of Deep & Disco

A marvelous catalog of music compiled over 5 years of Deep & Disco's reign.
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Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988

Ostinato's latest compilation profiles the world of electronic music developed by immigrants from Cape Verde and its influence on the wider European music scene.

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Gigi Testa – A 5 Mag Mix 67

Bang this exclusive set from Italian jazz, soul and cosmic funk DJ Gigi Testa ahead of the release of his forthcoming EP World Peace Music presents Rio Grande distributed by Atypical Dopeness.

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