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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. Meanwhile 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. This in addition to our 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 ‘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 parts 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). Thus transforming it into a solid floorfiller, meanwhile givin’ it a delicate Progressive House feel…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Lisa Stansfield – Change (Knuckles’ Classic Club Mix) (Arista)
One of the most brilliant examples as to how Frankie Knuckles could perfectly deal with downtempo rhythms (ie. Loose Ends‘ ‘Hanging On A String’). Givin’ the instantly Def Mix feel, with Eric Kupper on keyboards and Terry Burrus on grand piano to this Brit-Soul gem courtesy of Lisa Stansfield back in 1991. Meanhile expanding its emotional content [More…]
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Classic Mix) (Motown)
Originally released back in 1976, this Disco gem by the likes of Diana Ross would be given the remix treatment by the likes of Frankie Knuckles some 18 years later as a part of the ‘Diana Extended’ album. Another remarkable rework, keepin’ the vibe alive enhanced with some typical Def Mix key parts. Although on a groovier rhythm pattern givin’ it an infectious syncopated feel…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / D*Note – D*Votion 99 (Frankie Knuckles Classic Club Mix) (VC Recordings)
Together united under the D*Note guise, Matt Wienevski, Matt Cooper (Outside) and Keith Osbourne have explored all the facets of the groove. Comin’ up with a unique blend of Nu-Jazz, Drum & Bass, House and rare groove in the 90’s. Initially released back in 1993 as a part of their ‘Babel’ album on UK label Dorado, ‘D*Votion’ resurfaced 6 years after. Featuring the sultry Beth Hirsh on vocals. And given the remix treatment by the likes of Frankie Knuckles. The latter turning it into an exquisite Jazzy affair built upon various acts like so to say an opera.
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Tongue’N’Cheek – Tomorrow (Frankie’s Favourite Paradise Mix) (Syncopate)
Tongue’N’Cheek, although they released only one album, remain definitely worth the check. Maureen Mason, the lead singer, had such a beautiful voice. Meanwhile her partners, Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray, made quite some noise earlier on under their Total Contrast guise. This song of theirs, as remixed by Frankie Knuckles is so uplifting…
Review courtesy of Brighton-based correspondant Trish Williams as a part of our This Beat Is Mine! series.
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Double Exposure – My Love Is Free (Classic Knuckledusted Club Remix) (Beechwood Music)
My, my, my! 23 years have gone since the release of this remix as a part of ‘Tabasko! The Salsoul Remix Project’. Meanwhile it hasn’t lost an oz. of appeal. Probably one of the biggest challenges Knuckles‘s ever had to face when being offered to rework Double Exposure‘s classic ‘My Love Is Free’. And he managed to brilliantly give it a brand new feel. Keepin’ its original emotion alive though, if not enhancing it…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / En Vogue – You Don’t Have To Worry (Frankie Knuckles Club Remix) (EastWest)
One of the highlights from En Vogue‘s 1990 released debut-album ‘Born To Sing’… This Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy produced joint got given a new life the following year as a part of their ‘Remix To Sing’ 6 tracker EP. Takin’ the centerstage, Frankie Knuckles boosted the groove. This while incorporating a fascinating violin line over a crispy rhythm pattern. Therefore bringing its R&B feel to a unique and unsuspected level…

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