This latest installment in Defected’s House Masters series came out yesterday. Here are five reasons you should buy it.
1. It was compiled by Frankie himself… but after his untimely death, Defected and Def Mix decided to put it out anyway, as a charity project. So you’re not just getting a hastily thrown-together ‘greatest hits’ collection, you’re hearing the tracks Frankie himself thought were the finest moments of his career. It’s as definitive a set as you’re ever going to find.
2. All profits go to the Frankie Knuckles Fund, a collaboration between Def Mix, Frankie’s estate and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The money raised “will support the Foundation’s work with young men of colour around the world, particularly gay men, who are often subject to severe discrimination and abuse and who struggle to get compassionate information and treatment about HIV and AIDS,” says the Foundation’s Anne Aslett.
3. Because, for the older heads, I bet it’s been a while since you heard Tears. Goosebumps central. Ditto The Whistle Song. And Your Love? Fuhgeddaboutit.
4. And for the younger buyers, because Frankie truly was the sine qua non. If you don’t know what sine qua non means, go and Google it. Sorted? Good. Bottom line, if you don’t know Frankie’s catalogue, you don’t know jack. Pun intended.
5. Where Love Lives. The Pressure. Hanging On A String. Let The Music Use You. And track 1, a Hallucinogenic Version remix of Chaka’s Ain’t Nobody I didn’t even know existed. You could buy this for track 1 alone and not feel short-changed.
So go buy it, eh?
About: I’m sure Defected won’t mind me eschewing the usual website/social media links for these:
Buy on iTunes Buy on Juno Buy at the Defected store
Here’s some more info as well in case you still need any convincing!