Friday, August 18, 2017

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, 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 Clubbed Mix) (Geffen)
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 oustanding lyrics and interpretation of this song. The late David Peaston being gifted with one of the most beautiful voices of all time.
The winner of a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist in 1990, Peaston got the recognition a year before (by the early days of New Jack Swing) with the release of his Michael J. Powell produced debut-album titled ‘Introducing…’ An effort that would spawn the Gene Griffin and Teddy Riley remixed ‘Two Wrongs Don’t Make It Right’ and ‘We’re All In This Together’ (the latter eventually given an ultra vibrant Def Mix treatment, in addition to his cover version of the Eddie Kendricks‘s classic ‘Can I?’…
10 essential Frankie Knuckles remixes / Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Knuckles & Morales Mix) (Arista)
Lati Kronlund made his first appearence in the circuit back in 1990, 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), before putting together multi-cultural ever evolving act Brooklyn Funk Essentials, 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 Nichol 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 and 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.
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‘s managed to rebuild the structures of the song, 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…
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