Fifty per cent of profits will go to The Frankie Knuckles Foundation
US label SoSure is to release an album of vintage Frankie Knuckles material entitled Director's Cut. The first single, an updated version of early house classic Baby Wants To Ride complete with a new vocal from original singer Jamie Principle, is out on vinyl on 1 February, with a digital release to follow on 15 February. The news was announced on Friday (18 January), which would have been Knuckles' 64th birthday.
Director's Cut was the name used by Knuckles and long-term friend and collaborator Eric Kupper for a string of remixes and productions around the turn of the current decade, which are now being brought together in one place for the first time. The album's expected to land in the spring, and feature tracks from Candi Staton, Marshall Jefferson, Sunburst Band, Art Department and Inaya Day.
Kupper says of the single release: "Frankie and I wanted to retain the flavour of the original version, but with a more modern sonic approach as well as some updated topical lyrics provided by Jamie". It comes backed by a Jimmy Edgar edit, which was created as a tribute after his passing in 2014 and is now being released officially for the first time.
Half the profits from the album will be donated to The Frankie Knuckles Foundation, the charity he founded to help support youth and LGBT+ causes.