A two-disc compilation chronicling the legacy of house originator Frankie Knuckles is set for release on Defected next month.
All profits from the sale of House Masters Frankie Knuckles will go to the Frankie Knuckles Fund, a charity launched by Elton John last year after the death of the pioneering DJ and producer.
The project to compile the best bits of Knuckles’ storied career began last February, with the Chicago legend personally selecting the various productions and remixes he wanted on the retrospective, but was put on hold when he passed away on March 31. With the creation of The Frankie Knuckles Fund, the release will now finally arrive on Defected in partnership with Def Mix Management and the late DJ’s estate.
The tracklist includes all his most influential records, including ‘Tears’, ‘Your Love’, ‘The Whistle Song’ and ‘Baby Wants To Ride’, alongside remixes for Alison Limerick, Inner City, Chaka Khan, Hercules & Love Affair, First Choice and Pet Shop Boys.
The release comes with a limited edition T-shirt and is out on April 26 on 2CD and digital formats. Check out the tracklist below and watch an interview with Knuckles from 2011.
Meanwhile a movie about Knuckles and The Warehouse, the Chicago club where it all started, is also in the works.
01. Frankie Knuckles featuring Jamie Principle ‘Your Love’
02. Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie ‘Tears’ (Classic Vocal)
03. Frankie Knuckles ‘The Whistle Song’ (Sound Factory Mix)
04. Alison Limerick ‘Where Love Lives’ (Classic Mix)
05. Hercules & Love Affair ‘Blind’ (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
06. Frankie Knuckles featuring Roberta Gilliam ‘Workout’ (1992 Vocal Mix)
07. Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle ‘Baby Wants To Ride’
08. Andrea Mendez ‘Bring Me Love’ (Classic Frankie)
09. Frankie Knuckles ’Only The Strong Survive’ (Club Mix)
10. Frankie Knuckles ‘It’s Hard Sometime’ (FK Classic Club)
11. Adeva ‘Beautiful Love’ (Extended)
01. Inner City ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin’’ (Def Mix)
02. Sounds Of Blackness ‘The Pressure’ (Frankie Knuckles Classic Mix)
03. The Nightwriters ‘Let the Music Use You’ (Club Mix)
04. First Choice ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ (12″ Frankie Knuckles Remix)
05. Frankie Knuckles ’Rain Falls’ (FK Original)
06. Rufus & Chaka Khan ‘Ain’t Nobody’ (Hallucinogenic Version)
07. Loose Ends ‘Hangin’ On A String’ (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix)
08. Frankie Knuckles featuring Adeva ‘Too Many Fish’ (Classic Frankie Version)
09. Lisa Stansfield ‘Change’ (Knuckles Mix)
10. Pet Shop Boys ‘Left To My Own Devices’ (Frankie Knuckles Royal Piano Version)
11. Frankie Knuckles presents Director’s Cut featuring Jamie Principle ‘I’ll Take You There’ (Director’s Cut Classic Signature Mix)