Monday, August 21, 2017

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 210 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2… If one word got to my mind by the first time I came to meet Frankie Knuckles back in 1995 during the Winter Music Conference, it was magnetism. One could feel a great calm surrounding him, although he was definitely an observer. As if in need to absorb all the vibes around to eventually translate them upon future projects he would later come to work on.
Frankie had the look of a good man which he undeniably was, always making sure to remain accessible with the ones coming towards him. He was a good man and it’s also something one could feel when listening to his music (productions or remixes) characterized with harmony and synonymous with a signature approach. A sound which he shared with his long time Def Mix brother, David Morales.
Frankie was definitely a son of Disco, recapturing its refinement, although using the tools of his time, embodying a unique idea of Deep and Soulful music.
No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of jams as to what our man was about in addition to our recently published part 1 of the likes…

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Remix) (Warner Bros.)
One of the most significant pieces of music by the likes of Rufus & Chaka Khan. As given a new life as a part of Chaka‘s ‘Life Is A Dance – The Remix Project’ back in 1989 with Frankie Knuckles at the command using the Def Mix trademark sound with the inclusion of lush key parts and givin’ it a Dubby feel although remaining true to its original spirit…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Sounds Of Blackness – The Pressure (Pt. 1) (Classic 12″ Mix With Vocal Intro) (Perspective Records)
One of the most ambitious projects ever launched (along with MFSB and Nuyorican Soul, although to a lesser extend), this 40 piece choir and 10 piece orchestra put together by producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Alexander O’Neal…). Taken from their 1991 released ‘The Evolution Of Gospel’ album, one of their most famous jams as led by singer Ann Nesby in full effect, and brought to a brand new dimension in some unique way by Frankie surrounded by Satoshi Tomiie and keyboards and percussion, and Terry Burrus on (grand) piano…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Lil’ Louis feat. ChinahBlac – Fable (Frankie Knuckles’ Directors Cut Classic Club Mix) (Diamond Records)
Another facet of Frankie Knuckles would be the Directors Cut signature which he launched back in 2009 along with long time friend Eric Kupper. He would use it back in 2012 to give his own interpretation of Chicagoan pal Lil’ Louis featuring singer ChinahBlac‘s ‘Fable’ givin’ it like a Summer breeze feel with atmospheric chords over sparkling synth part and a jazzy piano line.
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart (Frankie Knuckles – Franktidrama Club Mix) (LaFace Records)
On L.A. & Babyface‘s LaFace record label, one of the songs that put singer Toni Braxton to the top on the R&B market. Delivered in countless remixed versions including the ones of Def Mix pal Hex Hector. Frankie Knuckles (and Satoshi Tomiie) would fire things up back then (in 1996), transforming it into a solid floorfiller, meanwhile givin’ it a delicate Progressive House feel…
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