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...While the average pop hopeful spends a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to stir up controversy, Sinclar managed to clock up very public spats with Jane Fonda and Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter before e

A LUCKY BLIGHTER IS BOB Sinclar. While the average pop hopeful spends a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to stir up controversy, Sinclar managed to clock up very public spats with Jane Fonda and Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter before even launching himself on the British public. Not half bad for someone who doesn't even exist. At least, not beyond the imagination of his creator, noted French house Svengali Chris LeFriant.







That controversy revolved around 'Gym Tonic', a massive club hit that slapped a sample of Fonda in full aerobics flow over a wondrous array of Stardust-style disco loops. First she objects to the sample, then Bangalter gets all agitated about a track he wrote as a favour being used to sell someone else's album.







He has a point. Although 'Paradise' is healthily populated with similar-sounding sampladelia, nothing quite reaches 'Gym Tonic''s nimble magic. That's not to say that the hazy sway of 'Get Into The Music' or the whispered Stereolabisms of 'Souvenir' won't titillate those partial to a little deftly-syncopated glitterball cheese. More than the questionable display of female flesh on the sleeve, anyway.







A taste of 'Paradise', certainly. But only with Bangalter's bounty on board.

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