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Mixtape Music News/Frankie Knuckles Edition

1.Defected Records to pay tribute to Frankie on compilation greatest hits album….

Get ready for what is sure to be one of the hottest music releases of the year. It was just announced that Defected Records is set to release a compilation album titled, “‘House Masters:Frankie Knuckles’ on April 26th. The double-disc set will feature the DJ’s greatest tracks and remixes, and proceeds will benefit the Frankie Knuckles fund, which operates side-by-side with the Elton John AIDS foundation. Of the upcoming explosive set, Mr. John states, “This is a great mixture of Frankie’s work. His artistry will always be at the forefront of dance music and so will his energy.” This is one album that must hit your headphones as soon as its out. To get lost in the official tracklist, go here

2.New documentary called ‘The Warehouse’ set to honor the legacy of the gone-too-soon DJ…

It has also just been announced that a new documentary called ‘The Warehouse’ is in the works to honor the late Mr. Knuckles. For those that don’t know, ‘The Warehouse’ is where Frankie not only changed the face of house music forever, but it’s also where he began his extraordinary music road. The music doc will be produced by Robert Tietal, alongside famed Chicago club owner, Billy Dec. While little is known about the film as of yet, more details are set to emerge any day now….Grab the music popcorn to watch this one..

 

3.The Guardian posts incredible article honoring Mr. Knuckles on the one year anniversary of his death…

Last week, The Guardian released a powerful article honoring the late DJ, in which longtime fans and collaborators like Elton John and Underworld deliver kind words and praises of the DJ. In the piece, it goes on to say ‘”Frankie Knuckles is to house what Chuck Berry is to rock’n’ roll.” #Truth. The tribute article also gives great detail on Frankie’s beginnings, his many, many music acconplishments and just how he will forever live on in music hearts all over the globe. As we mourn the loss of Frankie, this is one article that is a must read. To get lost in it, go right here and prepare to be dazzled by Frankie once again. 

 

4,Underworld and Heller & Farley link up for their own Frankie Knuckles tribute record…

Longtime DJs Underworld and Heller & Farley are coming together for a very special tribute record to honor the late DJ. The record will feature cover versions of Frankie’s classic groove, “Baby Wants To Ride,” and will be available as a limited 12.” Although the record was only available on the set’s official site, it’s now available everywhere as we commemorate the loss of the great Frankie Knuckles one the one-year anniversary of his death. 

5.Philly Mixtape remembers Frankie…

While most of us fondly remember the music legacy that Frankie created, those that may just be starting out in this crazy DJ business may not know everything that this incredible talent brought forth into our music lives. Philly Mixtape took time out to not only remember Frankie, but served up 10 reasons why we should ALWAYS bow down to this great man. To get lost in all things Frankie, go right here

 

 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Forever Bow Down to DJ Frankie Knuckles

Now, we could sit here all disco days and nights and get lost in the incredible career and music catalog of dearly departed DJ legend, Frankie Knuckles. We could also go on and about his tireless efforts to keep the house music world on its disco balls, how much of a music pioneer he was, and how he was basically a house music hero, and really, so much more. Instead, Philly Mixtape wanted to not only honor this incredible gone-too-soon talent, but to also inform those who may have not discovered his name yet, to explain why he was just such a music force to be reckoned with while he graced us with his glowing presence. March 31st will mark one year since the music world lost Frankie, as he left behind a legacy and a music catalog that will live on for all eternity. To commemorate the somber occasion, we came up with 10 reasons why it is so important to always bow down to the Godfather of House for the rest of our music lives…

1.His humble music beginnings….

Much like we all strive to do, Frankie got his start by working hard to climb up that coveted music ladder. Born in the boogie down Bronx, Knuckles got his start in music life by listening to jazz, thanks to getting lost in his sister’s extensive jazz collection. After exploring the NYC club scene as a teenager, he hooked up with his childhood friend, Larry Levan, and the two began turning it at now defunct NYC hotspot, the Gallery. After the two music buds parted ways to go down separate music paths, a group of entrepreneurs asked Levan to join them on a new nightlife venture as a DJ in Chicago. Mr. Levan declined, but recommended his dear friend, Mr. Knuckles. From there, Frankie’s music magic truly began…

 

2.He changed the house music foundation…forever….

Once Frankie moved to Chicago in 1977, he began spinning at famed club, ‘The Warehouse,’ where he would delightfully spin Salsoul and Philadelphia International records, as well as including the use of beat-mixing and the addition of percussion fills on a separate turntable, to make that soul house music just….pop. However, it wasn’t until Frankie opened his own club, ‘Power Plant,’ that caught everyone’s ears, as the iconic DJ would use his newly crafted house music foundation on his own recordings, “Baby Wants To Ride,” “You Got The Love,” and most nobly, “The Whistle Song.” These trailblazing tracks were not only named as some of the best ditties to come out during the Chicago house music explosion of the mid-’80s, but to this day, they are still named as some of the best house tracks ever to grace dance floors. After Framkie exploded in Chicago, it wasn’t long until he went back to his NYC roots, teaming up with the legendary David Morales to form Def Mix Productions, and soon the two would remix hits for some of the biggest names in the music business….

3.All those diva-licious rewerks….

Frankie set ablaze all of those club diva firestorms you hear today by dishing out a whole beat buffet of superb remixes by some of the biggest diva names in the biz. Where do we begin? Donna Summer (R.I.P., boo.), En Vogue, Michael Jackson, Lisa Stansfield, Crystal Waters, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston (sigh…), Jamie Principle. Get the point? Good, let’s dance. 

4. Every DJ spinning today owes their career to him…

Whether you’re a new DJ on the scene, one that’s been spinning for years, a club DJ, club dancer, mainstream DJ or David Guetta, you no doubt owe your career, your ebb, your flow, your music….your life…to Frankie Knuckles. 

5.Just watching him turn it out, you feel the music love…

Like this video right here of Mr. Knuckles turning it out at NYC’s Boiler Room. Not only is the set incredible, but just watching Frankie move along to the beat and seeing his reaction when he hits that perfect mix is timeless. 

 

6.His explosive music catalog will musically live on forever…

Whether it’s today, a year from now, twenty years or a hundred, Frankie’s explosive music catalog will forever live on and continue to be discovered by all of those that take on their DJ path. Not only does his work contain moments of pure, shimmering brilliance, but all of his grooves still have a funkdafied and fresh feeling that will just take you there and beyond. In fact, just the other day, Philly Mixtape stumbled across a glorious music retelling of Donna Summer’s disco anthem, “Hot Stuff,” which will now live on forever in the Mixtape music vault. Thank you, Mr. Knuckles. 

7.He has a Grammy and you don’t…

He won the Grammy for Best Award for the Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical in 1998. He was also the very first winner of the newly created category. 

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8.He’s a music legend….

All of the reasons listed above really lead to one of the most important reasons on the list-Frankie Knuckles is a true music legend. For over four decades, the house music pioneer worked tirelessly on his DJ efforts, also making sure to not only bring those beats to life, but to make sure that the house music world was given life. There’s a reason he was dubbed the ‘Godfather of House,” because without his tireless efforts, there’s no doubt that our personal music houses would be off their foundation. 

9.He’s spinning up in disco heaven with DJ Peter Rauhofer….

Shortly before Frankie’s death, the house music world took its first blow when iconic DJ Peter Rauhofer lost his battle with brain cancer. Much like Knuckles, Rauhofer was also a house music pioneer who created some of the most powerful club anthems ever to hit dance floors. Together, the two of them must be turning it out, and we can ONLY imagine what they are coming up with while spinning on that turntable of life. 

10.Do you really need another reason?

R.I.P. Frankie