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Rondell Adams Releases “Threshold To Madness” on Ultramajic

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Farewell, Little White Earbuds

Chicago-based website Little White Earbuds is shutting down, according to site founder Steve Mizek. The site has published nearly 300 podcasts and some of the most thought-provoking, no-bullshit think pieces in the electronic music scene,...

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Carl Craig was three years old on June 21, 1972 - the day the lights went out at 2648 West Grand and Motown left the city that gave the label its name.
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Noleian Reusse: New Mix Monday vol 185

Noleian Reusse (Black Tekno, Africans with Mainframes) mixes Volume 185 of New Mix Monday, 5 Magazine's weekly House Music guest mix series. Listen to Noleian Reusse: New Mix Monday vol 185 by5 Magazine on hearthis.at Proof...

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Kurt Baggaley: Look so Fragile

Kurt Baggaley's minimal masterpieces find a home on Bandcamp.

I Wish I Had an Answer for Andreas Gehm

We are saddened, shocked and depressed by the news that Andreas Gehm has passed away. The German producer had released music on labels including Chicago's Mathematics by Jamal Moss, Creme Organization and others under...
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Various Artists: Deep Club

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Eddie Flashin Fowlkes: Special EP (Detroit Wax)

Everything written about Eddie Fowlkes these days has the feeling of a pamphlet or a petition seeking redress for some awful historical travesty. I assume this is by design, but it doesn't jibe with...

Jeff Derringer Returns to the DJ Booth After Cancer Treatment

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Mike Huckaby: The 5 Magazine Interview

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Unit Black Flight: Evocations

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Onirico’s Stolen Moments (Fast Forward)

Onirico's Stolen Moments resurfaces on Fast Forward and it's still a thrill.

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