With so many of us saddened by the passing of Chicago house legend Frankie Knuckles, we’re throwing a night of euphoric dance this Friday night in tribute with a bunch of our fave DJs – Simon Caldwell (Mad Racket), Magda Bytnerowicz (4our), PELVIS, Matt Vaughan (Loose Ends), Love’s Disciple and Long John (Paradise Lost).
With so many huge, historic dancefloor fillers in order, asked them to tell us their faves from Frankie Knuckles’ prolific career.
It was 1988 and Frankie was in Tokyo playing at a launch party for Shiseido, a Japanese cosmetics company. As he stepped up to the turntables, a young local pianist played an introductory fanfare. His name was Satoshi Tomiie. They chatted via an interpreter and stayed in touch afterwards. Then Tomiie sent Frankie a cassette tape, containing a demo of Tears. Next thing, Frankie recruited Tomiie as a partner in Def Mix Productions and they released Tears with Robert Owens on vocals. A very special house music moment.
Super hard to choose a fave but this is definitely up there for me. All of the classic early 90s elements in all of the right ways. And it’s definitely about this dub mix for mine. Finger snaps, bassline and that piano! I can’t not dance to this. Work out!
This track makes me think of dancing with my eyes closed in a haze of smoke at 5am whilst there are only the last faithful few on the dancefloor… Introspective and melancholic as well as uplifting all at the same time.
This tune has everything and never fails to energise the crowd – gospel choir, soulful piano and a super groovy bassline. A sentimental fave as it was a standout moment at last year’s Inner Varnika festival in Victoria on a gloriously sunny Easter Sunday afternoon. A moment that reaffirmed why I love DJing so much.
I love this track as it marked a tipping point for mine for when disco evolved into house music. The bass line of that tune was eventually used in the Farley jack master funk tune love can’t turn around.
Killer keys line! This one always gets me…
Check out our Frankie Knuckles tribute party this Friday Night! It’s happening from 10:30pm, if you’re there for Donny Benet just stick around to dance! $10 entry, $5 for the first hour. Full details here.