This Beat Is Mine! Frankie Knuckles presents Directors Cut feat. Sybil – Let Yourself Go (Joey Negro Club Mix) (Nocturnal Groove)
No matter what, there’s (almost) nothing like feeling deep inside you can let yourself go. Nothing of an evidence though, but at the basis of a strong relationship whatever it is. From friendship to love and also business even though it takes quite a while to achieve such a situation.
And I suppose it applies to almost everything in life. From your next door shopkeeper who’ll get you exactly to get what you’re lookin’ for. To the artist who’ll touch your heart and soul with his performance. Meanwhile, all in all progressively establishing a trust-based relationship with you. And as a result, givin’ you the feeling you can let yourself go whatever they may be doin’.
Therefore, I suppose this is how each of us builds up his/her reputation as to being reliable or not. And, once again, it takes time to achieve such a situation. Just the way it does for each of us to establish a following and eventually a loyal fan base whatever we may be doin’. And it’s most definitely not Frankie Knuckles who would have said the contrary. No more than Sybil or Joey Negro (in charge of the remixing duties) after so many years spent in dedicating themselves to please us with quality vibes…
As for this (Directors) cut, no doubt as to how you can let yourself go!
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– A Patterson, NJ native, Sybil Anita Lynch came to prominence in the second half of the 80’s. Opening her account with the deep and groovy ‘Falling In Love’ back in 1986, she delivered her debut-album – ‘Let Yourself Go’ – the year after along with producer James Bratton. It didn’t generate the expected following though. This despite the presence of its firing title cut. A track which the late Frankie Knuckles would eventually revamp 27 years later under his Directors Cut signature with an infectious remix courtesy of Joey Negro.
Not that surprisingly, Sybil would nevertheless make some noise with her cover version of Dionne Warwick‘s ‘Don’t Make Me Over’. With the same applying to her rendition of ‘Walk On By’ from her eponymous album in 1989. Meanwhile her ‘Sybilization’ album went unnoticed the following year. As so would more or less do her following efforts until 1997 and her last album release.
A definitive talent though, Sybil would definitiely have deserved to be submitted more efficient material. She nevertheless delivered a couple of extra gems worth the check. Such as the memorable ‘When I Fall In Love’ with The Klub Family (Josh Milan, Kevin Hedge and Tee Alford) back in 1998. A cut Blaze eventually revamped 2 years later on UK label Slip’N’Slide…
– A quick typing – ‘Frankie Knuckles’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – David Morales. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.
A native New Yorker, Frankie Knuckles arrived right on time to witness the early stages of the nightclubbing and its music – Disco – in the Big Apple. Eventually hangin’ out with his friend, Larry Levan, before comin’ to play Disco, Soul and R&B jams at The Continental Baths and The Gallery.
Knuckles relocated to Chicago, IL by the second half of the 70’s. This after a friend of his by the likes of Robert Williams had opened a space that was to become The Warehouse. Eventually inviting him to play on a regular basis. There, he came with a blend of everything, from Disco classics to European electronic fueled sounds and Rock. The whole setting up the foundations as what was to become House Music by the middle of the 80’s. This along with the use of drum machines and samplers.
Knuckles made his thing in Chicago, eventually collaborating with Jamie Principle. But he also happened to join forces with David Morales and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.
All in all, on his own or along with either David Morales or Eric Kupper, Frankie Knuckles has remixed and produced over 600 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Beginning with blasts from the past such as My Mine‘s ‘Hypnotic Tango’ which he came to rework. But also Jago‘s quite sought after ‘I’m Going To Go’. Then Double Exposure‘s ‘My Love Is Free’ and Diana Ross (‘Love Hangover’). Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on Swing Out Sister‘s ‘Notgonnachange’. The latter being an example of the demand he generated in the UK. From Tongue’N’Cheek‘s ‘Tomorrow’ to L.A. Mix‘s ‘Live Together’ and D*Note (‘D*Votion 99’). Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘Change’ or Loose Ends‘ ‘Hangin’ On A String’).
Of course, Frankie Knuckles made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘Tears’ along with Satoshi Tomiie and Robert Owens. But also ‘And I Loved You’ featuring the same Tomiie and Arnold Jarvis. Both of them on FFRR. And how to not think of the burning ‘One Man’ by the likes of Chanelle back in 1989? Or Lil Louis feat. ChinahBlac‘s ‘Fable’??? With the same applying to Hercules & Love Affair‘s ‘Blind’. Then Sybil‘s ‘Let’s Yourself Go’. With the list to be incomplete without a mention to the Director’s Cut signature which he put together along with long time friend Eric Kupper.
And, just like David Morales, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Michael Jackson (‘Rock With You’). But also Chaka Khan (‘Ain’t Nobody’) and David Peaston (‘We’re All In This Together’). This in addition to The Gap Band (‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’) and Chanté Moore (‘This Time’). Then Toni Braxton (‘Un-Break My Heart’) and Womack & Womack (‘MPB’). Not to mention En Vogue‘s ‘You Don’t Have To Worry’ or Will Downing‘s ‘A Love Supreme’…
Meanwhile, under his own banner, Knuckles also made quite an impression. Delivering his debut-album – ‘Beyond The Mix’ – back in 1991. And in the meantime one of his biggest classics ever by the likes of ‘The Whistle Song’. Eventually sharing the bill four years later with Jersey songstress Adeva on the ‘ Welcome To The Real World’ album. With his final album – ‘A New Reality’ – seeing the light back in 2004.
Frankie Knuckles sadly died on March 31, 2014 in Chicago, IL, of complications from diabetes. He was 59…