On March 31 2014, the world lost one of its brightest lights. Within electronic music he was a founding father and house music is house music because of his legacy. Without Frankie Knuckles, we wouldn't be listening to and consuming music like we do today.
He was the man responsible for developing house music in Chicago back in the 1980's. His work with Donna Summer and Jamie Principle is some of the most iconic of its time and every track he produced and every vinyl he mixed, he did so with passion, love and honesty.
The dance music world mourned his death in a very public, sentimental way, as tributes from all over the world poured in for the man who pioneered a movement.
Last month, Def Mix and So Sure Music released the last track Frankie made before his passing. 'Boyz' was another smooth, groove-fuelled house jam featuring Jamie Principle and it came backed with remixes from long-term friends and musical partners, David Morales and Farley & Heller.
His last gig was on March 29 at Ministry of Sound, London, for Rulin's 20th birthday and those lucky enough to see him perform will no doubt never forget that set. For our final In Session of the year however, we present to you something very special.
On March 22, Frankie played at WMC in Miami and his two hour set was loaded with the beautiful, soulful house sound that came to define the producer's career. It was Frankie's last-recorded gig and we're thrilled to present it to you now.
What better way to spend your Christmas period, than with the heartfelt grooves of one of music's most loved and respected figures? With a whole host of originals, remixes and Director's Cuts exclusives, we've saved the best In Session of the year till last.
RIP Frankie, we still miss you.
The 'Boyz' EP is out now via Def Mix and So Sure Music
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