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The man behind such productions as the Mighty Bop (downtempo hip-hop), Bob Sinclar (house), and Réminiscence Quartet (acid jazz) is Chris the French Kiss (aka Christophe le Friant), a Parisian DJ and head of the crucial French label Yellow Productions as well as a producer. Le Friant began DJing in 1987 while still a teenager, and formed Yellow Productions in 1993 with Alain Ho. Several of the first releases on Yellow were by le Friant: the Mighty Bop's "Messe Pour le Temps Present," Réminiscence Quartet's "Roda Mundo," and his first LP, the French hip-hop summit The Mighty Bop Meet DJ Cam et la Funk Mob. Alongside releases from a parade of excellent French sources, including DJ companions Dimitri from Paris and Kid Loco, Yellow also hosted two more Mighty Bop LPs during 1996-1997, La Vague Sensorielles and Autres Voix, Autres Blues. Eager to inject some fun into the burgeoning French house underground, le Friant borrowed the name Bob Sinclar (from a character in the well-known French film Le Magnifique) and in 1997 produced his first Sinclar EP, A Space Funk Project. Soon enough, he had an entire Bob Sinclar LP ready to go, and Paradise appeared on Yellow just in time for summer 1998. One of the album's tracks, "Gym Tonic," began getting some club play in France thanks to its bouncy house vibe and incessant singalong chorus (lifted from a Jane Fonda workout record). A huge anthem during the summer season in Ibiza, "Gym Tonic" looked ready to explode on the charts until Fonda sought legal action for the illegal sample. Perhaps wary of overly burdensome commercial success, the song's co-producer -- Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, who'd just recorded his own breezy house delight, Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You" -- refused to have even a remixed version released as a single. Nevertheless, assorted bootlegs cropped up and by October a mysterious artist named Spacedust -- probably just a major-label-fronted cash-in attempt -- hit the top of the charts in Britain with an almost identical remix of the Sinclar-Bangalter original, entitled "Gym and Tonic." (Another crass Spacedust move, covering Bangalter's solo hit with the slimly disguised title "Music Feels Good with You," dropped like a rock.) With all the offending samples removed, Sinclar's Paradise LP was re-released worldwide in 1999. He also worked on remixes, providing tracks by Bangalter himself, Ian Pooley, Second Crusade, and the Yellow project Tom & Joyce with additional production. Le Friant returned to the Mighty Bop alias in 2000 with the retrospective mix collection Spin My Hits. In 2000, he issued his first U.S. album release as Sinclar, Champs Elysées, on Subliminal Records. The 2001 release Cerrone by Bob Sinclar found him mixing his personal favorites from the back catalog of one of his big influences, Cerrone. After climbing the dance charts in 2005 with the single "Love Generation," he released the full-length Western Dream in 2006. The following year Sinclar put out a mix-tape style CD, Soundz of Freedom, which featured remixes by the likes of Tocadisco and Axwell, alongside a clutch of new songs from the French DJ. His 2009 album Born in ’69 stepped away from his earlier disco-inspired beginnings and toward a more dancehall crossover sound which included collaborations with Shabba Ranks and Kevin Lyttle. He moved further into dub and reggae-influenced sounds in 2010 when he teamed up with legendary producers Sly & Robbie on his seventh release Made in Jamaica. The LP included reggae interpretations of some of his biggest hits, such as “Wold Hold On” and “Love Generation.” Two years later Disco Crash came, and signalled a return to his club roots. Here he revisited the big beats and synth lines that powered his rise to fame and assembled a host of artists, including Sean Paul, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Pitbull, to complete his ninth album. ~ John Bush
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Albums by
Bob Sinclar

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    11 songs

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    Someone Who Needs Me (The Remixes)

    5 songs

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    Everybody Movin'

    4 songs

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    Ultimate Funk

    34 songs

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    Strictly Bob Sinclar

    2 songs

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    Someone Who Needs Me

    1 song

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    Heart of Glass (Radio Edit)

    1 song

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    The Russian March

    8 songs

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    Kiss My Eyes

    11 songs

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    I Feel for You

    22 songs

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    Soundz of Freedom [Bonus DVD]

    13 songs

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    Western Dream

    14 songs

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    Paradise

    6 songs

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    Together

    6 songs

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    Love Generation [US CD]

    1 song

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    Rock The Boat

    1 song

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    Lala Song [Tocadisco Remix]

    1 song

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    Strictly Bob Sinclar Mixtape

    5 songs

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    Love Génération [3 Track]

    3 songs

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    My Only Love

    12 songs

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    Disco Crash

    13 songs

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    Made in Jamaica

    15 songs

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    Paradise [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Paradise

    14 songs

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    III

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Top Songs by
Bob Sinclar

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    Popularity
  2.   Rock The Boat featuring Dragonfly
  3.   Someone Who Needs Me
  4.   World, Hold On (Children of the Sky)
  5.   I Feel for You
  6.   Love Generation
  7.   Together by Steve Edwards
  8.   Ghetto
  9.   Heart of Glass by Gisele
  10.   Gym Tonic
  11.   Visions of Paradise
  12.   Cinderella (She Said Her Name)
  13.   Lala Song
  14.   Ultimate Funk
  15.   Sea Lion Woman
  16.   Fuck the Disco
  17.   Hey Hey by Johnny Ferrer
  18.   Feel This by Spiritual Masters
  19.   Feel It by Pepperisms
  20.   Me Not a Gangsta
  21.   Love Generation by Goleo VI
  22.   Strictly Bob Sinclar Mixtape
  23.   Far l'Amore by Raffaella Carrà
  24.   The Russian March by Dirty South
  25.   Sound of Freedom featuring Cutee B.
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Bob Sinclar

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    House

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    New Electronic Now

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    Dance Workout

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    New Dance Now

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    Electronic

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    Electronic Hits

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    RockTheBorder

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    Daft Punk: DNA

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    Daytime Dance

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    UK Indie

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    Acid Jazz


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