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Soulful House

Soulful House

Soulful House is a subgenre of House Music featuring deep and melodic vibes, sophisticated musicality, R&B elements and most often soulful vocals.

Charles Dockins: “I Gotcha Back”

I first heard this from the Groove Junkies during a set at WMC. It had me hooked right off the bat. Most tunes might require an additional listen but not this. A wicked electric...
tony humphries

Up All Night with Tony Humphries

After 35 years DJing, Tony Humphries has done it all. Twice. From holding down the legendary Zanzibar, from which much of the scene to come would find their inspiration, to KISS FM and some...

Rick Wade: Cooler Heads EP

It's a cliché, but fitting for a Detroit artist, I want to say that Rick Wade is equal parts man and machine. I have no idea how he's capable of maintaining such a furious...

The Blak Beat Niks: “Free to be Free”

This new single represents a bit of a comeback for Tony Records, being their first release of 2009. This marks a bit of a comeback for Chicago producer Big Ed (aka H.E. Matthews) too...
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...

Heights + Worship ft. Carlton Livingston: Crucify Me

For experienced and savvy producers, sometimes a chord, vocal sample, full acapella or an incomplete project can be blessed with new life and then a hit is "birthed." Thus is the case with...

Last Chance for Early Bird Tickets to the Chosen Few Weekend

Just a heads up for the wise: the Chosen Few are offering deeply discounted Early Bird tickets for the Chosen Few Weekend and Music Festival going down on July 2 and July 3 2016...
Victor Simonelli

Victor Simonelli: The 5 Magazine Interview

Victor Simonelli is one of New York's House bred royalty. His name carries weight, from his work with Tommy Musto, Brian Tappert and Marc Pomeroy, with labels like Bassline, Vinyl Solution, Big Big Trax,...

Lars Behrenroth: The Director’s Cut

NOTE: This is the extended version of Rees Urban's interview with Lars Behrenroth, published in the February 2009 issue of 5 Magazine. A native of a small fishing town outside Hamburg, Germany, Lars Behrenroth...

Jamie Lewis Scores Grammy Nomination for Prince’s Last Album

The soulful House Music boss from Purple Music is nominated in an unusual category.
kate simko

Kate Simko and Jeffrey Weeter’s Live AV Experience

Welcome to the future, or one iteration of it. Synesthesia is what they call the association between sight and sound and other sensations, and for most of us it's involuntary. But Chicago's Kate Simko and...

Copyright ft. Imaani: Nobody

Copyright has reached a certain level of notoriety that it's hard to explain to people who ain't there yet but would like to be. Together with a few other names - Dennis Ferrer is...

Blackstory: “No It Wasn’t Love”

Brand new on T's Box is this club shaker featuring "RC Groove" (read: Ron Carroll), vocalist Pam and Terry himself on a couple of remixes. It's released under the moniker "Blackstory" - not sure...

Ralf Gum’s City Life: In My City LP

Soulful House is a singles-driven genre. You rarely get a true extended play EP rather than a single and a few remixes (including - it's inevitable - the generic instrumental and dub mixes). Yet...
Terry Hunter

One of Us: Terry Hunter and the Making of a Chicago Legend

"I want people to feel like they saw something special when I'm gone." Chicago House Music producer Terry Hunter is one of the most prolific musical figures this city has ever seen. This is...

David Storm Ruffin: “Take Me Away”

A chill latin-influenced beat characterizes this track with a sweeter-than-sugar vocal loop. The arrangement is pretty nice - not overloaded with samples for the sake of it, but interesting enough both to listen to...

Before the Last Dance: Southport Weekender’s Alex Lowes

THERE ARE VERY FEW FESTIVALS like Southport Weekender. The very name of it elicits a feeling of warmth, hospitality and of coming home. With today's mind numbing pyrotechnics, billion watt sound systems and DJ...
kai alce

Kai Alce: The 5 Magazine Profile

Kai Alce is a man of many talents. The world is finally taking notice.

Getting to Know Shane D

Getting to know South African DJ and producer Shane D. Shane co-hosts Grant Nelson's world famous Housecall radio show and has worked with House Music luminaries including Roland Clark, John "Julius" Knight, Syleena Johnson,...

Groove Junkies: A 5 Mag Mix vol 10

Groove Junkies' Evan Landes mixes Vol #10 of A 5 Mag Mix, 5 Magazine's flagship House Music mix and interview series. Known originally for his Groove Junkies moniker, Evan Landes has also added his deep...

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