House Masters: Frankie Knuckles (1955-2014)

31 March 2015 - The DJ List - The DJ List


A year has passed since house music lost one of it's founding fathers, news which saddened so many who had been touched by FRANKIE KNUCKLES' rich legacy of music. Defected announced yesterday that the House Masters project had been underway in early 2014 with Frankie hand selecting tracks and remixes hoping to best represent probably the most illustrious DJ career ever. The work was paused when Frankie passed away at the end of last March, but with the recent creation of The Frankie Knuckles Fund working in partnership with the Elton John Aids Foundation we will soon see the release of this influential body of work. All profits will go to charity and the commemorative release will be a collaboration between Defected and Def Mix Management.

“The ELTON JOHN AIDS Foundation is honoured to be administering a new Fund in memory of Frankie Knuckles. This fund will support the Foundation’s work with young men of colour around the World, particularly gay men, who are often subject to severe discrimination and abuse and who struggle to get compassionate information and treatment about HIV and AIDS.” Anne Aslett, Elton John AIDS Foundation

The release will be accompanied by a limited edition commemorative t-shirt, available exclusively from the Defected online store, with all profits being donated to the Frankie Knuckles Fund.

“In the beginning there was Frankie Knuckles. His legend transcends the movement that he helped create. His many incredible production influences still bring House, Soul and Disco to dance floors all over the world. I consider myself truly honoured, not only to have played and danced to his music but also to have worked with Frankie at Cooltempo, A&M:PM & Defected.” SIMON DUNMORE, Defected Records


01. Frankie Knuckles featuring Jamie Principle ‘Your Love’
02. Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie ‘Tears’ (Classic Vocal)
03. Frankie Knuckles ‘The Whistle Song’ (Sound Factory Mix)
04. Alison Limerick ‘Where Love Lives’ (Classic Mix)
05. Hercules & Love Affair ‘Blind’ (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
06. Frankie Knuckles featuring Roberta Gilliam ‘Workout’ (1992 Vocal Mix)
07. Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle ‘Baby Wants To Ride’
08. Andrea Mendez ‘Bring Me Love’ (Classic Frankie)
09. Frankie Knuckles ‎’Only The Strong Survive’ (Club Mix)
10. Frankie Knuckles ‘It's Hard Sometime’ (FK Classic Club)
11. Adeva ‘Beautiful Love’ (Extended)

CD 2
01. Inner City ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'’ (Def Mix)
02. Sounds Of Blackness ‘The Pressure’ (Frankie Knuckles Classic Mix)
03. The Nightwriters ‘Let the Music Use You’ (Club Mix)
04. First Choice ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ (12" Frankie Knuckles Remix)
05. Frankie Knuckles ‎’Rain Falls’ (FK Original)
06. Rufus & Chaka Khan ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Hallucinogenic Version)
07. Loose Ends ‘Hangin’ On A String’ (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix)
08. Frankie Knuckles featuring Adeva ‘Too Many Fish’ (Classic Frankie Version)
09. Lisa Stansfield ‘Change’ (Knuckles Mix)
10. Pet Shop Boys ‘Left To My Own Devices’ (Frankie Knuckles Royal Piano Version)
11. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut featuring Jamie Principle ‘I’ll Take You There’ (Director’s Cut Classic Signature Mix)

Looking through this track list gives me goosebumps, so many memories, people, places near and far. The biggest benefit to having been around a bit is that you have danced to so much good music and made beautiful memories. One of my favorite memories is dancing along with Frankie Knuckles and DAVID MORALES at Cielo in New York with my best friends - life doesn't get much better than that. This last week at the Winter Music Conference in Miami some of Frankie's closest friends gathered to party and celebrate the life of a house music legend. HECTOR ROMERO just uploaded his set for your listening pleasure, so open your ears and enjoy.

You can get your copy of this remarkable digital or 2 CD album on April 26 via Defected. Pre-order now and consider it a contribution to your own musical education and a donation to a very worthy cause and one so close to Frankie's heart.

Defected's Simon Dunmore interviewed Frankie Knuckles in September 2011. In this wonderful interview they cover Frankie's life, the development of his career and the future of house music and those that love it. Watch this previously unreleased video below as it is available for the first time today.



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