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House Music reviews from 5 Magazine. We review Deep House, Tech House, Soulful House, Disco and all forms of underground House Music. Producers/labels: please see our submission guidelines.

Fast Eddie feat. CeCe Peniston: Get to Steppin (The Chuck Daniels and Jason Hodges...

Originally released on Steve "Silk" Hurley's S&S label back in 2013, "Get To Steppin'" was a solid enough track created by two members of House Music royalty, Fast Eddie & CeCe Peniston. Catching the...

Somewhere on the HIGHway to Chapora

This was either the last nice find of the previous year or the first of the new one - I can’t remember which, but it’s been out long enough that I feel some shame...

Ralf GUM: Love Core

The end of a long winter is in sight, with the first green shoots of spring showing up in the form of "Love Core," a charismatic and simple Soulful House gem from Ralf GUM...

Galaxies Merging: Dan Curtin Takes His Talents to EPM

Sweet mother of mercy does Dan Curtin make some ferocious shit. There are very few people these days who I can call on when a certain mood strikes - who can hit just the...

Dirty Sole ft Kid Enigma: Lady

4/4 may own his heart but Kid Enigma owns this new release by Dirty Sole on Doin’ Work Records. Who did what to which is a bit over my head but the team together...

Terrence Parker’s Heart Break for Melodymathics

Various Artists is killing these days (so the old joke goes). Belgian Deep House label Melodymathics is on a hell of a roll themselves. In an era in which everything is cookie-cutter and samey,...
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DJ Krush’s The Butterfly Effect Is Perfection

In October I had the chance, the opportunity and the blessing to interview DJ Krush. There are few artists I revere more than the Japanese producer - a man that has made a soundtrack...

Listen to Miruga’s Marvelous “Be Free”

You can hear a certain song for 5 seconds and it feels like you've been listening to it your whole life. That's how I felt about "Be Free" from Miruga's EP of the same...

Deep Digging for Dope Records: Gemil & LCS Run For Life

There was a time - I'm sure of it - when DJs would spend the vast majority of their lives hunting down new and unknown records, often by new and unknown artists. "Secret weapons,"...

Ursula 1000 and Lady Bunny Blast Off!

About nine years ago, there was a music festival on Northerly Island in Chicago called MOVE. It's mostly remembered for being tragically ahead of its time and for later being confused with Movement, which...
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Hey Don’t Take This Shit So Serious

Straight and to the point, as befits a record like "Don't Take This Shit So Serious": youANDme collaborate with Brothers Vibe on a fierce Deep House single from Finale Sessions. Powering up the microscope just...

After a Pair of Free Tracks, Closer To Truth Launches Chapter One

We're sent tracks every week that sound like they were conceived, constructed and machine-tuned on an assembly line that begins in some hellhole in subterranean London and emerges with a spray-on sheen somewhere in...
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Classic Label Cyclo Reissues and Remixes Rednail Kidz

The Derrick Carter and Chris Nazurka collaboration "Do My Thing" gets remixed by Mystic Bill, Hallo Halo, Your Only Friend and Nacho Marco. There ain't a human being on Planet Earth that can say they...
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From Hell With Love: 5 Years of Lumberjacks in Hell

The grand experiment known as Lumberjacks in Hell has been a smashing success. In five years’ time, label owner Marcel Vogel has managed the delicate balancing act of attracting some of the most prominent...

DJ Earl: Live. Love. Teklife.

Records like this don't materialize out of the ether and show up on your dash. They're lived, lived hard, and it's during a brief respite that the man or woman that's lived it managed...

I Hitched On To The Deep88 Bandwagon

... And all I got was a few good records. Italian producer Deep88 has two records out this month that together would have made up one of the best Deep House albums of 2015. From...

FREAK OUT: Music Inspired by Chic, by Joey Negro

My Foundations column in 5 Magazine is all about the roots of the modern dance floor. One of the torchbearers of threading the foundations of music into the sounds of today is Dave...
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Caserta’s “Ricky” Is Another Grand Shadeleaf Release

Shadeleaf has been somewhat over-represented in our review section over the last year. It's for good reason, and you should prepare for many more. thatmanmonkz continues to give a clinic in modern A&R with...

Luke Solomon’s Everything in Reverse

Luke Solomon is never afraid to risk a fright to a dancefloor, and this new EP, Everything in Reverse, from Steve Lawler's VIVa Music is as strange and dangerous as you can imagine. I'm...

Kai Alce, Larry Heard, Rico and Kafele Take A Chance

No question about it, this is one of the finest tracks released this summer and in 2015 as a whole. A song of restlessness and deep longing, Kai Alce's "Take A Chance" (which debuted...

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