Titled “Frankie Knuckles Recorded Live @ COD Valentine’s Day 1986,” the 80-minute live track showcases the house sound for which he is known. The preview image for the track showcases a Maxell label called “Valentine Session.” Beneath it is the address for the venue, COD, which is 1201 W. Devon Ave. It ends by saying it’s recorded for “PG Ltd.”
Chicago-based DJ and Producer Braxton Holmes uploaded the mix from his personal archive on February 14th. Holmes, a DJ and producer active in the Chicago house scene, has been running BRAX Records since 2017.
This isn’t the first time unreleased music by Knuckles has been released. In 2021, a previously unheard track was released on DJ International.
Francis Warren Nicholls, A.K.A. Frankie Knuckles, was a DJ and producer who played a pivotal role in popularizing house music in Chicago in the 1980s. In 1997, he won a Grammy Award for “Remixer of the Year.” His immense influence upon the house music genre garnered him the nickname “The Godfather of House.” He passed away in 2014 due to complications from diabetes.
Those interested in streaming the Valentine’s Day COD Mix can do so here.