Frankie Knuckles - Papa's got a brand new bag!
Frankie Knuckles really needs no introduction, he’s one of house music’s most treasured and greatest authorities to this day. Having produced and remixed a multitude of impeccable artists over the years, Frankie has put together an aptly titled new album ‘Tales From Beyond The Tone Arm’ – an exciting compilation that journeys through his most recent productions, collaborations and musical experiences. News.Traxource caught up with The Godfather to dig a little deeper…
‘Tales From Beyond The Tone Arm’ features an array of both classics and current soulful gems. Much loved tracks reminiscent of the halcyon days of house in the early ’90s, including Frankie’s re-work of ‘The Whistle Song’ under his Directors Cut moniker, with production partner Eric Kupper, alongside genre defining tracks like ‘Fable’ (Lil Louis) and ‘Worthy’ (Richard Earnshaw feat. Jocelyn Brown).
Bringing things up to date, soulful songs come from the likes of Inaya Day & Robin S, Colton Ford and young producers and remixers including Rober Gaez, Belocca and Soneec. The album also includes an impressive array of exclusives cuts featuring Sybil ‘Let Yourself Go’, Kenny Summit and Yasmeen ‘Loving You’, Inaya Day & Robin S ‘Right Now’ and Director’s Cut new remix on The Shapeshifters & C-Dock ‘Nothing But Love For You’. Finally, let’s not forget the legendary ONO (Yoko Ono) who plays her part in the story with ‘I’m Movin’ On’.
“Every project pretty much started out as a remix on spec or a simple collaboration or production request. All of these tunes were beginning to get a lot of notice everywhere I was playing and before I knew it I had enough material to make an album. I had so many strong songs in my arsenal we decided this compilation should reflect exactly where I am at musically right now and pull all these productions together in one place”. – Frankie Knuckles
Frankie, you have worked with so many people, what’s been your favourite collaboration to date?
It has to be my collaboration with my long time friend and musical backbone, Eric Kupper. After better than 20+ years we’ve managed to create a signature sound and breathe a breath of fresh air into the House Music scene.
Who would you most like to work on a song with that you haven’t done so already?
Scissor Sisters, Rhiana, Beyonce and my all time favorite, Gladys Knight.
Whats been your favourite release of the year so far?
I would have to say the sleeper hit, ‘Fable’ by Lil Louis feat. Chinah Blac. To no fault of the public the song was released in limited vinyl format. But I think it would’ve had a wider and stronger sales profile had it been released digitally.
Have you any news exciting projects in the pipeline?
I have several projects in various stages of development. But my main focus right now is my new album and the tour to support it globally. However, there s one project I’m really keen on which for the moment is dubbed, “Inaya Days’ All Stars”. It’s Inaya duetting with some of dance Music’s premiere artist like, Crystal Waters, Duane Harden and Robin S (which is debuted on my new album). It’s going to be a fantastic album! We’re also working on ‘Back To Basics’ for The Shapeshifters 10th Anniversary project for 2013. We have lots of great projects in the pipeline. I’m very happy and proud of the place I’m in musically.
Describe your typical Thanksgiving shenanigans?
I usually put on a full spread; normally roast hen but this year I’m making ‘Turkey Osso Bucco’. Plus, baked ham and Short Ribs of Beef. And of course all the trimmings; Mac & Cheese, Winter mix Casserole (Brocoli & cauliflower), Greens, Cornbread Dressing to go with the Osso Bucco, Haricot Vert, Butter Milk Biscuits, Candied Yams, ‘Corny’ Cornbread and, for dessert; Old Fashion Apple Pie, Classic Peach Cobbler, Hummingbird Cake and Ice Cream.
‘Tales From Beyond The Tone Arm’ is out now on Nocturnal Groove.