Sunday, August 20, 2017

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes Part 2 / Lisa Stansfield – Change (Knuckle’s 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…
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 who turned it into an exquisite Jazzy affair based on 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’, and its hasn’t lost an oz. of appeal. Probably one of the biggest challenges Knuckles‘s ever had to challenge when being offered to rework this Salsoul gem by the likes of Double Exposure, and he manage to brilliantly give it an brand new feel, keepin’ its original emotion alive, 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 with Frankie Knuckles takin’ the centerstage, boosting the groove while incorporating a fascinating violin line over a crispy rhythm pattern, meanwhile bringing it’s R&B feel to a unique and unsuspected level…

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