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Bob Sinclar Live at the Playboy Mansion

(Defected; US: 7 Nov 2007; UK: 24 Sep 2007)

The intention of DJ Bob Sinclar’s Live at the Playboy Mansion is to transport the listener poolside at Hugh Hefner’s pleasure palace. Since I have never been anywhere remotely resembling that exotic locale, I cannot say if the effect is fully achieved. What is obvious is that Sinclar took great care in selecting these two-discs’ worth of disco and house tracks. The material runs the gamut from the sublime (Michael Zager’s “Let’s All Chant”, John Davis’ take on “Bourgie, Bourgie”) to the suspect (a re-make of the already unnecessary “A Fifth of Beethoven”). Sinclar’s segue choices are inspired, especially on the mostly stellar Disc 2 where the unlikely pair of Bohannon (“Let’s Start the Dance”) and Wings (“Goodnight Tonight”) provides one of the most thrilling moments. Save for some inevitable awkwardness between mixes of ‘70s and ‘00s cuts, Live at the Playboy Mansion is an irresistible invitation to shake off the shackles of urban ennui.

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Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based journalist and music essayist. He's a Contributing Editor for PopMatters, where he's interviewed artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Janelle Monae. For the past three years, he's penned liner notes for more than 100 CD re-issues by legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. Since 2008, he's produced and hosted Three of Hearts: A Benefit for The Family Center at Joe's Pub. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC. 


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