All proceeds from the release will go towards a charity set up in the Chicago house legend's name.
Work on the two-disc House Masters compilation began in February 2014, shortly before Knuckles died, with the Chicago house legend picking out the tracks and remixes he wanted to feature on the career-spanning retrospective. The project was put to one side when Knuckles died on March 31st, 2014. It will now go ahead, with all proceeds going to the newly established Frankie Knuckles Fund, which is overseen by The Elton John AIDS Foundation. "This is a great mixture of Frankie's work," says Sir Elton John. "It shows his spirit and love of artists. His artistry will always be at the forefront of dance music and so will his energy."
Defected's Simon Dunmore adds: "In the beginning there was Frankie Knuckles. His legend transcends the movement that he helped create. His many incredible production influences still bring house, soul and disco to dance floors all over the world. I consider myself truly honoured, not only to have played and danced to his music but also to have worked with Frankie at Cooltempo, A&M:PM & Defected."
House Masters: Frankie Knuckles features most of the tunes synonymous with Knuckles—"Your Love," "Tears," "The Whistle Song," "Baby Wants To Ride"—along with his remixes of acts like Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan and Hercules & Love Affair. It'll come out on digital and CD formats.
01. Frankie Knuckles feat. Jamie Principle - Your Love
02. Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears (Classic Vocal)
03. Frankie Knuckles - The Whistle Song (Sound Factory Mix)
04. Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Classic Mix)
05. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
06. Frankie Knuckles feat. Roberta Gilliam - Workout (1992 Vocal Mix)
07. Frankie Knuckles with Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride
08. Andrea Mendez - Bring Me Love (Classic Frankie)
09. Frankie Knuckles - Only The Strong Survive (Club Mix)
10. Frankie Knuckles - It's Hard Sometime (FK Classic Club)
11. Adeva - Beautiful Love (Extended)
01. Inner City - Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin' (Def Mix)
02. Sounds Of Blackness - The Pressure (Frankie Knuckles Classic Mix)
03. The Nightwriters - Let the Music Use You (Club Mix)
04. First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (12" Frankie Knuckles Remix)
05. Frankie Knuckles - Rain Falls (FK Original)
06. Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain’t Nobody (Hallucinogenic Version)
07. Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String (Frankie Knuckles Club Mix)
08. Frankie Knuckles feat. Adeva - Too Many Fish (Classic Frankie Version)
09. Lisa Stansfield - Change (Knuckles Mix)
10. Pet Shop Boys - Left To My Own Devices (Frankie Knuckles Royal Piano Version)
11. Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut featuring Jamie Principle - I'll Take You There (Director's Cut Classic Signature Mix)
Defected will release House Masters: Frankie Knuckles on April 26th, 2015.