Defected Records have announced they’re releasing a posthumous compilation chronicling the illustrious career of house pioneer Frankie Knuckles.
Work on the two-disc compilation began in February 2014, with Knuckles himself taking the lead on choosing what tracks he wanted included. The work was halted following Knuckles’ death in May 2014. Although the project was initially put aside, the album is now set to be released next month, with all profits going to charity.
All proceeds from ‘House Masters: Frankie Knuckles’ will go to the Frankie Knuckles Fund, which is overseen by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Sir Elton John launched the charity following Knuckles’ death aged 59 following complications with diabetes.
In a statement through Resident Advisor, John said: “This is a great mixture of Frankie’s work; it shows his spirit and love of artists. His artistry will always be at the forefront of dance music and so will his energy.”
‘House Masters: Frankie Knuckles’ will feature a host of his most influential records, including ‘The Whistle Song’, ‘Your Love’ and ‘Tears’, as well as his remixes of acts like Chaka Khan, Pet Shop Boys and Hercules & Love Affair.
The compilation is released on April 26, coming on both 2CD and digital release, and is able for pre-order now at the Defected website.