Danny Krivit and Frankie Knuckles Set CD Releases
There was a time when house music meant something. Back in the day, it wasn't just a fun night out dancing or hitting a place just to be seen. No, the house music that Chicago's Frankie Knuckles and New York City's Danny Krivit ushered into the world was about something more. Perhaps there was more heart and soul in the music or maybe it was something even deeper back then. The house music these two legends purveyed united people under one roof in a way that had never been done before. Black, Latino, White, straight, gay – all enjoying the diverse sounds together. This is where inspiration is made. This is the kind of scene that ignites other scenes abroad. And so here we are in 2009…computers replaced tape and turntables…music is missing that depth. Nervous Records feels that need and called on these house music pioneers to bring it one more time. This September 22 marks the Nervous Records release of Danny Krivit 718 Sessions while Frankie Knuckles Motivation Too drops on October 20. It's the latest and greatest battle between The Big Apple and The Second City!
First out of the gate is Danny Krivit 718 Sessions. A true New York legend, Krivit burst on to the scene in the early 1970's and become a major part of the thriving club music community.. His connection to famed clubs The Loft and Paradise Garage and friendships with DJs including David Mancuso and Larry Levan provided the ultimate inspiration for his own career. In his 38 years in the business, the man has played every key NYC-club imaginable and has Producer/Editor/Mixer credits included on well over 200 records. Hell, the man's even been a VJ since the early 80's and has a collection of well over 5,000 rare soul performances on video from the 60s, 70s, 80's, & 90's. His vinyl record collection is now well over 80,000. 718 Sessions marks the first ever release celebrating Krivit's long-running party of the same name and it's an authentic journey through some of house music's finer tracks. The first single culled from the album is Kim English "Nothing's Impossible" - produced by Maurice Joshua and mixed by ATFC
Chicago-via-NYC product Frankie Knuckles is up next with his own mix CD, Motivation Too. Like Krivit, Knuckles is a NYC-born DJ who was enamoured with The Loft and befriended the great Larry Levan. However, it was in Chicago where Knuckles made his mark as a DJ at the famed Warehouse. In fact, the term "House Music" was first used in describing the sounds Knuckles played at the Warehouse. His impact is so great that in 2004 Chicago Mayor Richard Daley proclaimed August 26 "Frankie Knuckles Day." Beyond the DJ sets at world class venues, Knuckles also aligned with Def Mix Productions and became one of the most in-demand producers and remixers in the world. Motivation Too is designed as a way to give back and the first edition in the series was created as a reaction to the devastation brought on Frankie's hometown of New York City on September 11, 2001. The main goal of the compilation was to inspire and uplift even at a time when the desire to be creative and artistic might be lost. Knuckles noted that some of the greatest musicians, songwriters and producers he knows have absorbed the comp and used it to get their day started. MOTIVATION TOO is the sequel. It's real quality house music.
So here we are – two great names in the history of dance music. The music you'll hear on these compilations comes from pure ears and from a time when music was created the good old fashioned way. It's so rare these days to find a compilation that takes you back to a meaningful time and a place – here you have two. There's no hipster buzz or flashy imagery here – this is honest to goodness house music – full of soul and from the heart.
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