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Carpenter Brut is Swinging Through the US

French electro-synth suspect Carpenter Brut embarks on the US leg of his tour in April featuring dates in LA, Coachella, Chicago and wrapping up in New York in May.

Various: Midwest Collective Vol 7

Enduring a sad hiatus, one of the best synthwave labels returns with a new compilation for 2017.

Kraftwerk Headlines Movement 2016 Phase I Line-Up

Phase I of the Movement 2016 festival line-up was announced today. Among the Detroit pioneers and DJs and producers representing the breadth of electronic music today, everyone is talking about the headliners. German electronic music...
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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).

Alexander Robotnick Weeps for the Conformity of Your iPhone

Now this is not your usual free download - the "track nobody wanted to sign and I don't feel like improving" or, my personal favorite, the "additional remix that sucked too bad to sell"....
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Carpenter Brut: Night Stalker

Released in support of the upcoming synthwave documentary The Rise of the Synths.
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S U R V I V E Releases RR7349

Two members of S U R V I V E scored Netflix's summer blockbuster Stranger Things, and come through with a dynamite LP.
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John Carpenter’s Lost Themes Remixed

Silent Servant, Zola Jesus and Dean Hurley and more have their remixes of maestro John Carpenter's "Lost Themes" pressed to wax.
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IndiGhost: Dreamwalker Part II

IndiGhost's entire discography is immersive as all hell and a joy to splash around in.

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...

A Lost Italo Album Finally Gets Some Play

To call this record a pleasant surprise is an understatement the size of Vesuvius. House of Music was the greatest Italo Disco label ever, and it's not really up for debate in my eyes....
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I-Robots Is Your Future

In a time of universal mediocrity, an obsession with quality is a revolutionary act. A man of the same sentiment, Chez Damier, lit the fire in me with an introduction to the music of...
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Moog Brings Back to Life the Pioneering Synthesizer IIIc

Moog, the company, is steeped in music history - largely because they invented much of it. And keep bringing it back to life, like the Synthesizer IIIc.

For the Love of UKG

5 Magazine is publishing 3 straight issues dedicated solely to the music, artists and influence of the genre we love more than most, UK Garage. It starts now.
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BarbWalters Invites us to a Wonderful Spread of Future Funk

Reconnect by BarbWalters is out now from the always provocative Business Casual.
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Nightcrawler: Blood Rage

Uniquely cinematic, even in a genre that mainlines OSTs and makes them up when it's convenient, Blood Rage is a tantilizing glimpse at Nightcrawler's forthcoming LP.

Soviet Disco: The Tripped Out World of ’80s Communist Exercise Records

In 2010, a label called Secret Stash dropped a record called Soviet Funk Volume 1. It was a previously unheard collection of funk tracks "recorded by Pavel Sysoyev in Abakan" - the capital city...
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Tycho Announces US Fall Tour

Tycho has announced an ambitious 2016 Fall Tour behind the release of the sweeping new single, Division.
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Alexander Robotnick’s Archives Vol 3

Robotnick is at his eclectic best with this edition of his Archives series; each of the 3 tracks can be readily classified but trying to come up with an overall thread of continuity is...
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The Northern Lights: Caroline EP

The Northern Lights is apparently just a guy, making soundtracks and music in search of a movie best suited for his soundtracks.

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Cornelius SA – A 5 Mag Mix 69

One of the dope producers generating heat from South Africa, with records on Dopewax, remixes for Tortured Soul and more, Cornelius SA delivers an exclusive new 5 Mag Mix.

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