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10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes 10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes… 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. Due to be delivered a Part 2 any day. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of jams as to what our man was about…

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / David Peaston – We’re All In This Together (Frankie Knuckles & David Morales Sauna Mix) (Arista)
Not the most well known remix by the likes of Frankie Knuckles (and David Morales). But havin’ a title which fully symbolizes the pain that’s been ours all over the world when being reported about the passing of Frankie back in 2014. Not to mention the outstanding lyrics and interpretation of this song. The late David Peaston being gifted with one of the most beautiful voices of all time [More…]
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Knuckles & Morales Mix) (Arista)
Lati Kronlund made his first appearance in the circuit back in 1990. This at a period when the Swedish scene reached one of its peaks productionwise with people such as Sten Stonebridge, Ian Ekholm (Clubland) and Titiyo among others. We would talk back then about the Nordik Beat.

Producing Papa Dee‘s ‘Thrill Night’ on local Telegram, he came soon to proeminence as the producer of Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ (her biggest success ever as immortalized by the Def Mix reworks). He soon after put together multi-cultural ever evolving act Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Most likely remembered for their cover version of Pharoah Sanders‘s ‘The Creator Has A Masterplan’…

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Loose Ends – Hangin’ On A String (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix) (10 Records)
From the 1985 released ‘So Where Are You?’ album, Jane Eugene, Steve Nichols and Carl McIntosh‘s biggest classic ever…

Produced by Nick Martinelli. A cool jam given a new life 7 years after in a vibrant smooth Housey way by the likes of the late Frankie Knuckles along with Satoshi Tomiie on keyboards and overdubs. Not to mention long time collaborator Terry Burrus on piano that would contribute makin’ of Loose Ends the first British band ever to top the U.S. Billboard R&B chart [More…]

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Frankie’s Favourite Club Mix) (Epic)
From the 1995 released “You Are Not Alone / Rock With You (The Classic Remix Series – Part 1)” 2X12″ promo package, this Rod Temperton penned classic given extra remixes respectively by Masters At Work (featuring the late rapper Heavy D) and Frankie Knuckles.

True to what he explained in our tribute to him, Frankie managed to rebuild the structures of the song. This while adding lush key parts to it (a Def Mix trademark). And eventually rearranging the string lines although remaining respectful to the original. Meanwhile bringing Michael Jackson to another dimension over a light House rhythm pattern…

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Inner City – Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ (Def Mix) (10 Records)
Originally sung by Stephanie Mills. Most likely the deepest joint by the likes of Detroit producer Kevin Saunderson and Chicago songstress Paris Grey back in 1989. And in the meantime, certainly one of Def Mix icons David Morales and Frankie Knuckles‘s signature reworks. As enlightened with these characteristic lush chords and keys arrangements [More…]
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Hercules And Love Affair – Blind (Frankie Knuckles Vocal) (DFA/Mute)
The biggest classic by the likes of this US band formed by DJ Andy Butler along with a rotating cast of musicians and singers. Taken from their 2008 eponymous album that would mark their debut. And immortalized by this rework courtesy of Frankie Knuckles and the unforgettable voice of UK-born singer Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnson‘s fame…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Swing Out Sister – Notgonnachange (Classic Club Mix) (Fontana)
‘Breakout’, ‘Surrender’, ‘Am I The same Girl’… As many illutrations of the group’s unique style, blending Soul and Jazz vibes with a Pop feel over sophisticated arrangements. A brilliant example being this vibrant cut seeing Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell going even further way in a symphonic environment along with an orchestra under the direction of Gavyn Wright.

Taken from their 1992 ‘Get In Touch With Yourself’ album, it would receive the characteristic remix treatment that’s been for so much on the recognition of the Def Mix style. This with the late Frankie Knuckles at the command along with Satoshi Tomiie on Keys and Terry Burrus on piano…

10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Chanté Moore – This Time (Frankie Knuckles The Bomb Mix) (Silas/MCA)
From the 1994 released ‘A Love Supreme’ album, Chanté Moore‘s second effort back then’, this outstanding song produced by Lee Hamblin and Simon ‘The Funky Ginger’ Law would reach extra territories. This with the help Frankie Knuckles on the remix duties along with long time collaborator Terry Burrus on piano.

Another manifesto in the genre as a matter of fact. Keeping the original musicianship of the song alive, meanwhile bringing it to another direction/dimension…

Miles Jaye – Heaven (Celestial Club Mix) (Island)
Born in Yonkers, NY, Miles Jaye studied for more than 10 years classical violin and music theory. Eventually playing flute and base while serving at the US Air Force.Remembered as a live backing musician for luminaries such as Eric Gale, John Lucien and Phyllis Hyman, he came to join Village People for a couple of years, prior to make his solo debut in the second half of the 80’s.

Although the 1987 released ‘Let’s Start Love Over’ remains his biggest success, he’s also responsible for the ultra vibrant ‘Heaven’. A cut given a one of a kind remix by David Morales and the late Frankie Knuckles bringing R&B to some other dimension. Therefore standing among their best works ever as among our all time favs here on IDMW! [More…]

Richard Rogers – Can’t Stop Loving You (The Remixes by Frankie Knuckles & David Morales) (SAM Records)
What a better choice than this aptly named gem to put an end to this part 1. The title of which seeming much evokative to depict the relation which happened to link these two talented DJ’s/producers. But first and foremost brothers in arms for years. A relation which would give birth to a sound/signature synonymous with some of the most beautiful pieces of House Music that have ever been produced to date.

This blast from the past, although somehow underrated, makes no exception. Brilliantly written and produced by Chicago Don Marshall Jefferson. And enlightened by a one of a kind vocal performance by the likes of Richard Rogers. Meanwhile being given a handclap bass driven jazzy twist by the Def Mix icons. With David Morales, responsible for the ‘Sleaze Mix’. And Frankie Knuckles for the instrumental on the flipside of this 12 inch…

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