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When today’s music insists that bigger is better - whether it be festivals with multiple stages set in massive fields, or mega clubs that brag about their size as if the music scene were...

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Dance Mania is Still Running This Shit

Of the dozens of classic Chicago House labels that ran aground at the turn of the millennium, none was more lamented than Dance Mania. Lost during the Great Record Store Die-Off of the early...
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Vincent Floyd: Sometimes They Come Back

Vincent Floyd made several stone cold classics in the 1990s, but never knew anyone was listening. But they were.
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Davos T. Funk: The Man Behind The Video Sensation

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Getting to Know Scott Diaz

Getting to know UK producer Scott Diaz, who has come out of nowhere to release four smokin' hot EPs in the last four months

Bad Boy Bill: The 5 Magazine Interview

In Chicago, Bad Boy Bill (website, discogs, twitter, myspace, facebook, youtube) is best known for his mix shows on WMBX, WGCI and B96 and he is credited to being the founding father of the...
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DJ E-Clyps Tell The World I’m Here

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Roy Davis, Jr.: What The Future Looks Like

I THINK THAT THE SALES of actual vinyl will start to increase and the digital record stores will become weaker, as the streaming avenues like YouTube, etc. thanks to advertising companies, will become a...
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Making Traxsource

Brian Tappert & Marc Pomeroy talk to 5 Magazine about the rebirth of Soulfuric, Jazz-N-Groove and the making of a "side project" called Traxsource.
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Twirl! Talking with Shaun J Wright and Alinka

BEFORE THERE WAS A PARTY or a record label or anything else, it was the music that got them together. There was Alinka - then of the electronic band Shuteye - and there was...
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Fish Go Deep, On the Groove and How to Use It

Will Sumsuch talks to Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson of Fish Go Deep on building a music scene in Cork, Ireland in the 1980s and '90s and a career based on outstanding deep house records that stand the test of time.
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Unconscious Therapy, New House Music Documentary, Debuts in Chicago (Video)

Centuries (okay, a few years) ago, Steven Harnell began recording footage for something tentatively given the very tentative title of An Untitled Documentary About House Music. A few people asked me about it, but...

Louis and Bebe Barron: Forbidden Planet at the Dawn of Electronic Music

Editor's Note: This was originally published in May 2012. In honor of Women's History Month, 5 Mag has decided to republish a substantially revised version of this piece to highlight the (far too often...

Joe Shanahan: What The Future Looks Like

I DO NOT HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL, it is more like a mirror ball. I feel it will be as it always has been for decades: about community and the support that community gives...

K.Joy: It’s Like This…

ABOUT A YEAR AGO, my excitable friend Kevin Starke of the vinyl emporium Kstarke Records told me that he'd recently run into K. Joy - "the singer on that track 'Like This' that Ron...
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Frankie Knuckles is on a Mission…

While many founding fathers of House Music become complacent and rest on their laurels of yesteryear, Frankie Knuckles is busy churning out tune after tune like his life depended on it. Last week he sent...
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Kenny Dope and the Return of Dopewax

He's best known for partnering with Louie Vega in Masters at Work, but that's just one entry in a long list of Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez's career highlights. He's also collaborated with Vega in MAW's...

Straight Outta South Central LA: It’s a WAR

Conflict is loved by few, disliked by most, and needed at times. Musically, conflict can be defined as a fusion of genres, a cacophony of sounds, key or tempo changes, and even actual conflict...
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Backlabel: DeepWit Recordings

DeepWit Recordings profiled in the inaugural edition of BackLabel, exploring the back catalog of some of the world's House Music record labels.

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A primer on the Japanese legal process and zero-tolerance drug laws in light of David Morales' arrest in Japan last week.

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