Frankie Knuckles began his DJ career in the clubs of New York City 30 years ago, long before the mainstream media coined the music and its culture "disco." Then, Knuckles was known to follow his own i

Frankie Knuckles began his DJ career in the clubs of New York City 30 years ago, long before the mainstream media coined the music and its culture "disco." Then, Knuckles was known to follow his own instincts when it came to picking and choosing the vinyl that made its way to his turntables. This has remained Knuckles' strategy—or mission—in the years since. Whether remixing/producing tracks for others, recording two albums (for Virgin), or taking home a Grammy Award (for nonclassical remixer of the year), Knuckles has remained true to himself and to house music. And in the current sea of soundalike trance DJs, that's really saying something. On the beat-mixed Motivation, Knuckles strings together an inspirational and spiritual collection of gospel-infused club songs. In addition to spotlighting such Knuckles productions as the recent hit "Keep on Movin' " (featuring Nicki Richards), the disc shines the light on club heroes like Kenny Bobien, Donna Allen, Adeva, Vernessa Mitchell, Annette Taylor, and Sounds of Blackness, among others. Contact 212-505-7728.—MP

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