BOB SINCLAR SHOW
Tagged as French House
A man who marches to the beat of his own tune, whether it’s the discotastic 12” delights of ‘World Hold On’ and ‘Love Generation’, the deep and soulful beats of his Africanism movement, or the near-obsession with reggae and dance hall that has filled his production work of late. For many, Bob Sinclar is one of the few legendary DJ/producers that we love to listen to – and it’s a relationship that’s far from over.
Photo by Jean Bernard Thiele
The name Bob Sinclar, as many correctly guess, is in fact the alias of one Christophe Le Friant. Originally known as Chris ‘The French Kiss’, it was after watching Philippe de Broca’s French spy movie ‘Le Magnifique’ that the artist known as Bob Sinclar was born. He quickly rose to fame on the back of his 1998 co-production with Thomas Bangalter, the Jane Fonda sampling ‘Gym Tonic’. Released as part of his first album ‘Paradise’ this funked-up, pumping, vocal house track caught the world’s imagination and even though, to this day the track still remains a stand-out piece of work any house fan worth their salt can instantly conjure up.
Bob followed ‘Paradise’ with his second album ‘Champs Elysees’ and from that came ‘I Feel For You’ and ‘Darlin’ – two instant classics that cemented his position as one of the leading artists in the huge house revival of that time. Bob and his fellow artists produced tracks like ‘Slave Nation’, ‘On The Drum’ and ‘Bisou Sucre’, showing off Bob’s rich understanding of beat, groove and vocal flow. At the same time, the disco vibe of ‘Cerrone’ further underlined his versatility and relentless passion to create music.
Then in 2005, a track called ‘Love Generation’ was released on Yellow, followed in 2006 by ‘World Hold On’. His ‘Defected in the House’ album found its way into countless music collections; his ‘Night At The Playboy Mansion’ mix double disc CD became an instant collector’s item – at the same time linking Bob into an institution he closely identified with.
2009 saw Bob release ‘Born in 69’, and to accompany it he further indulged his passion for the playboy lifestyle by producing his own tribute to Hugh Heffner’s seminal publication; Playbob. ‘Lala Song’, ‘Peace Song’ and ‘Love You No More’ were just some of the tracks from the album to be released and saw Bob shift back towards the sound of his Africanism genre. In 2010 Bob travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to work with world renowned producers Sly & Robbie, giving his biggest hits a reggae-flavoured reworking that gave his ‘Best of…’ album ‘Made In Jamaica’ a hugely creative twist.
November 2010 sees Bob unleash his latest collaboration, with the world’s biggest dance hall recording star, Sean Paul. ‘Tik Tok’, which samples quite possibly the most recognisable riff in the world, 2 Unlimited’s ‘No Limits’ has been taking the planet by storm, Sean’s unmistakable spit-fire lyrics cascading over Bob’s typically smooth and groove-laden production. Once again, Bob Sinclar is setting dance floors and airwaves around the world ablaze.
With all that production behind him, Bob Sinclar has equally and easily carved out a reputation as one of the most talented DJs anywhere on the planet. From the States to South America, Europe, Asia and down under in Australia, the demand for Bob’s smooth disco-tinged house sets is unwavering. His flair for blending vocals, instrumentals and rhythms into one soaring, euphoric house set still rock clubs to their very foundation wherever he touches down.
With all this in mind it really feels like the story has only just begun for one of the world’s most energetic and prolific performing artists. A brand new album with some surprising collaboration ensues and so with it further demand as the world holds on.
Listen to Bob Sinclair LIVE Tuesday’s at 9PM EST at 93.5FM in South Florida or stream from anywhere in the world by downloading our app ‘Revolution 93.5’