Bob Sinclar: Made In Jamaica



Made In Jamaica gathers up a dozen or so remixes of previous Bob Sinclar hits so don’t go mistaking these versions for the originals. Also, the music’s not Sinclar’s usual brand of dance / pop beats but Jamaican style reggae fit for an international audience, as typified by Shaggy & Sahara’s I Wanna. Mr. Boombastic’s catchy lyrics dovetail perfectly with Sahara’s girly vocals, which are brushed up with a touch of Autotune just to make DJs and r & b fans happy. It makes an obvious lead track, and yet it’s in good company.

One of the French DJ / producer’s biggest hits is Love Generation, featuring Gary “Nesta” Pines. He sings a bit like Marley, which is inevitable after his stint leading the Wailers. The eight-minute cut included here is mesmeric, just like so much sticky, old school reggae from the late seventies. This is hardly surprising. The Made In Jamaica sessions took place at Anchor studios last October and with the same group of session players Serge Gainsbourg used when recording Aux Armes Et Caetera back in 1978. For those unfamiliar with the French lothario’s work, we’re talking Sly & Robbie, Mikey Chung, Robbie Lyn and Sticky Thompson, plus Ronald “Nambo” Robinson and Dean Fraser from the Rass Brass horn section. You can’t get much better than that, and there are other guests you should know about too.

Tony Rebel pops up on Jamaican Avenue, sing-jaying like a master and borrowing from Eddy Grant’s Electric Avenue over a dubby rhythm with burbling keyboards and choral harmonies. What a track! Rarely has heavy dub sounded so sweet and clean. The bouncy Sound Of Freedom, again featuring Pine is a club track, and a match for Marley’s Could You Be Loved in its dance-floor appeal. Pines’ singer / deejay combination with Dollarman works like a dream on that one, whilst World Hold On features Steve Edwards, who sang Peace Song and People Of Tomorrow on Sinclar’s last album. This new version of Peace Song is part dub, whilst Kiss My Eyes finds Camille Lafert invoking the spirit and sound of Grace Jones. Mikey Chung’s lead guitar on this track is worthy of George Benson at his best and we haven’t even mentioned I Feel For You yet, starring Queen Ifrica.

Bob Sinclar may not be a name on every reggae fan’s lips, but on the strength of this album, it deserves to be.


About johnmasouri
John Masouri is a long-time author and music journalist specialising in reggae and its many off-shoots including dub, ska, roots and dancehall. The author of Wailing Blues: The Story of Bob Marley's Wailers, published by Omnibus Press in 2008, he is currently working on a biography of reggae singer Peter Tosh, due to appear next year. In addition to book projects, he continues to write articles and reviews for Reggae Vibes (France), Riddim (Germany) and Echoes - formerly Black Echoes - which is renowned as Britain's No. 1 black music monthly. His work has also appeared in Mojo, Music Week, the Guardian, the Observer and the NME, as well as magazines in the US, Caribbean and Japan.

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