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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.)

Rare Footage Surfaces of the Last Days of the Paradise Garage

An incredible, nearly two full hour video has surfaced online, purportedly from the closing week (August 22nd and 27th, 1987) of the Paradise Garage, one of the handful of classic coordinates of the earth...

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,...
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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...

The Essential Fatback/The Fatback Band Playlist

From street funk to raucous disco, R&B and even the seeds of hip hop: the 12 essential Fatback tracks.
Louie Vega Love Having You Around

#ListenUp Disco Heat from Louie Vega, Rochelle Fleming & Barbara Tucker

NYC Disco is in full effect with a staggering remix package of the Stevie Wonder-penned Love Having You Around, out now on Nervous.
Shake Your Booty Detroit's Filthiest Will Simpson

#ListenUp: Detroit’s Filthiest Shake Your Booty Is an Assquake

The latest cut in a string of hits from Detroit's Filthiest is a straight-up love poem to Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic.
The Best of Lumberjacks In Hell

The Best of Lumberjacks In Hell

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/56511640" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /] I think I've written about most of these, some in the context of calling Lumberjacks In Hell "the best Chicago dance music label not based in Chicago." I'm...

E. Live: Feelin Nervous

Bay Area funk warlock E. Live is casting lightning bolt spells at you on this Star Creature-affiliated 7" single.
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Mega Rare Italo Track by Happen DJ Gets a Reissue

How much would you pay for a "rare" record? I guess we've asked that question once in this issue already (see our piece on MK's "Strider" acetate), but it's a question being asked more...
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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.

Boogie Wonderland: The Genius of Earth, Wind and Fire

Editor's Note: Originally published in October 2012, we pulled this out of the archives in honor of the late Maurice White. RIP. They produced the first album I ever bought (Cameo's "Rigor Mortis" was my...
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I-Robots & Donna McGhee’s New Dirty Talk Mixes

Let's cover a classic: the Klein + MBO cover of Dirty Talk by I-Robots, NOIA's Alessandro and Davide Piatto and legendary vocalist Donna McGhee gets an extra pack of mixes. If dance music were a...
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Demuir, Snazzy Trax, Melodymann Show Us a Funky Good Time on Shake & Stir

Melodymathics builds on their legacy on vinyl with a five track various artists compilation featuring Demuir, Snazzy Trax, Melodymann and more.

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.
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thatmanmonkz is Rumblin’ Through Your Function

Deep house and soul producer thatmanmonkz from Shadeleaf Music delivers four funky edits on another Whiskey Disco release on vinyl so hot it melts down the wax.
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Ricardo Miranda ft. K Joy: The DJ Knows What I Like

Two Chicago icons: the legendary vocalist K Joy ("Like This") joins Ricardo Miranda for new disco & proto house tracks on Noble Square.
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Tear The MF’ing Roof Off!

New documentary on the wild and dangerous times of Parliament Funkadelic Tear The Roof Off debuts in Chicago.
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Underdog Edits are Back!

Leonard Part Sixx releases Underdog Edits 16 with a pair of polished disco gems.
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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...
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Donnell Pitman and Wings of Sunshine: Do You Wanna/Need My Love

Tired of reading about Star Creature? We're not tired of writing about them. Records like this are why we're just getting started.

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Exclusive: Dive Into Bruno Belissimo’s ITALA Mixtape

Take a glorious tour from space disco to the great beyond with Bruno Belissimo on a new mixtape in support of his new LP Ghetto Falsetto.

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