He may have taken his name from the spy in French comedy Le Magnifique, but Bob Sinclar is no undercover agent. With a gift – though some in the Time Out offices consider it a curse – for making chart-topping, ultra-cheesy house tracks, and an air of flamboyance that outstrips most of his peers, Sinclar (Christophe Le Friant to his accountant) has made a very good living out of clubland.
And, to be fair, he’s not a one-trick pony: he’s also produced hip hop as The Mighty Bop and acid jazz as Reminiscence Quartet. But it’s the Bob Sinclar name that’s made Le Friant a star, and so his appearance at Chi this week will no doubt focus on the cheesy, cheerful funky house that has become his trademark.
And as this set is advertising his new album, the folk/psychedelia-influenced Born In 69, you can expect some tracks from that as well. And yes, it’s going to be hot and sticky out in Chi Garden, but worry not: the come-as-you-are dress code welcomes shorts and sandals.
Bob Sinclar plays Chi, June 19.
Bounce!, the only dedicated breakbeat night in the Middle East, is returning to Alpha once more – and it’s bringing with it a heavyweight of the breaks scene. A three-time winner of the Breakspoll breakbeat DJ awards and expert remixer, Krafty Kuts knows his stuff. He’ll have classic tracks but the majority of his set will comprise his own breakbeat remixes of techno, electro and house tunes – plus a few surprises besides.
In any case, if you’ve got an interest in breaks then you should get yourself down to Alpha on June 25. Not just because Kuts is playing, mind you, but also because Bounce! is a bi-monthly night. And, with Ramadan beginning around August 20 this year, that means that this will be your last chance to hear a dedicated breaks night like this one here for a rather long time.
Krafty Kuts plays Alpha, June 25.