There are few people across the globe, who will have not been touched by the work of Frankie Knuckles. Forever regarded as ‘The Godfather of House’. A Grammy Award winner, Frankie had a street in Chicago named after him where the old Warehouse once stood to commemorate the first ever Frankie Knuckles Day on 25th August 2004.
Five years ago, Frankie passed away in Chicago on 31st March 2014 leaving behind one of the greatest house music legacies spanning almost four decades.
Now he is commemorated once again by long time writing and production partner Eric Kupper who will release part II of the special commemorative album on Vinyl around this date. Eric, himself a seasoned DJ producer and writer, working side by side with Frankie on many his seminal classics, as well as personally working on over 116 Billboard #1 Dance Records. Having both worked together for many years they established themselves at ‘Director’s Cut’ from 2011 and set about producing original releases and remixes based on the classic ‘Def Mix’ sound while sharing equal credits for their creations.
The album features some of Directors Cut’s best works with the RE-Directed version of the seminal classic ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ plus their re rubs of Inaya Day, Sybil, Hardsoul and Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Unreleased Anthem).
This album follows the first instalment in the series, The Director’s Cut Collection which was released in May 2019, and is to be released in collaboration with The Frankie Knuckles Foundation who work to continue Frankie’s legacy whilst focusing on music in schools, LGBTQ youth homelessness, AIDS research / prevention & diabetes research / education.
A1: Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut feat. Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride (Re-Directed)
A2: Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut feat. Sybil – Let Yourself Go (A Director’s Cut Master)
B1: Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut starring Inaya Day – Let’s Stay Home (A Director’s Cut Classic Club Mix)
B2: Frankie Knuckles pres. Director’s Cut feat. B. Slade – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (DJ Meme’s Mix Of Epic Proportions)
C1: Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Unreleased Anthem)
C2: Soulful Session starring Lynn Lockamy – Hostile Takeover (Director’s Cut Remix)
D1: Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll – Back Together (Director’s Cut Classic Club Mix)
D2: Spencer Parker & Dan Beaumont – The Look (Director’s Cut Signature Mix)
Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper ‘The Directors Cut Collection’ Volume Two will be released on Vinyl Sept 6th.
Grab your copy here!