Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014 | Frankie Knuckles Productions
April 2, 2014

To complement the previous post, here is the second playlist from those guys over at the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA). This time however its a collection of some of Frankies fantastic original productions and remixes. Its a fantastic collection of some of the best known productions including collaborations with Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan and much much more. Enjoy!

The Shamen – Boss Drum (Beatmasters Boss Mix) [1992]
January 31, 2011

Whatever happened to the Beatmasters for starters? They were everywhere like a bad case of the clap back in the early 90’s and then they dropped off the face of the Earth! Regardless, they were responsible for some cracking remixes back then, a fair few of them being for The Shamen. Boss Drum, the title track from their fantastic 92 album gets a fantastic rework from the guys. Its a lot less pop’y, instead opting for a nice tribal feel with an unrelenting bassdrum and bassline secton. The vocals are still fun, easy to sing along too even though I actually prefer the Beatmasters Tribal mix which does away with them entirely. However the rest of the track is a blinder, nothing but respect for The Shamen guys, they delivered every step of the way. With the possible exception of Destination Eschaton…

The Shamen – Boss Drum (Shamen 12″ Mix) is also top quality.

From Discogs
This release is a great example of the early tendency to cross genres at the beginning stages of techno development in the early 1990s. What I mean by that is that its producer was infusing certain “pop” elements into this number – mainly the element of a memorable melody and some memorable vocals. It’s far from “pop music” however and is 100% techno by all other accounts. And The Shamen did an excellent job, too. The “Shamen’s 12″ mix” is the best (to me) and the other mixes aren’t all too bad either. One of my faves out of the earliest of techno releases and well worth the effort to find it. Listen for yourself and please, PLAY IT OUT! Your crowd will enjoy it.

The Blue Boy – Remember Me (Original Mix) [1997]
January 10, 2010

Sure, you couldnt move Summer 97 for this track, its for good reason. The Marleena Shaw vocal from “Woman of the Ghetto” gets a serious workout, the bassline is crisp and catchy and the break is designed solely for headnodding. Just a class tune.

From Discogs
Escaping this track was near impossible in 1997, the vocal editing of the Marlena Shaw sample gave it that really catchy “geng-ge-ga-geng” hook that most people would know the track by. It’s awardwinning video with it’s stunning timeshifting shots would help it even more but before all of that you had the original track since the Sure Is Pure remix was used on radio,telly and anywhere else.

The original which originally came out on the “Scattered Emotions Ep” on Guidance is a really stripped down track. Lex Blackmore took a drumloop, strapped on a bassline and worked the Marlena Shaw samples over the track. Fairly simple track but it worked really well. Most would first encounter the track after it became the main track off Mark Farina’s “Mushroom Jazz” mixcd.

Sure Is Pure’s remix is basicly a big beefup, several new melodies was added, a heavier percussion groove was built on and the bassline was tightened up. It would also have this quirky fx that fascinated me from the first listen. It’s fuller nature would be perfect for the masses since the stripped down nature of the original wouldn’t work that well.

Rae & Christian would tackle this remix in a whole different direction, more of the Marlena Shaw sample would be used and worked into a hiphopgroove. By using not only vocal parts but also instrumental parts it adds some jazzy tones to the groove.
This remix is more kin to the real original than Lex Blackmore’s rework and is criminally overlooked.

Take Me – Dream Frequency (The Prodigy Remix) [1992]
October 27, 2009

One for you Al, I was always jealous as fuck you had this. No messin’ Prodigy remix of one of the biggest Hardcore Anthems of the Time. Pretty much a guaranteed stormer, look at the make-up:

Got Dream Frequency? Check!
Got The Prodigy? Check!
Got Debbie Sharp on Vocals? Check!

Cue Breaks, synth and bass please.
Strap in.