Versatile 1996 2016 – 20 Years of Music

June 8, 2016
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Versatile is celebrating 20 years of music with this double cd compilation and an exclusive vinyl sampler with 4 exclusive tracks

you can order the double cd + digital by clicking here / also available pre-order for the exclusive vinyl sampler 

Between the time when we were hand-stickering our first release (I:Cube – Disco cubizm) in the living room of my former apartment at Rue de la Goutte d’Or and today, 20 years have passed. Twenty years in which I have tried to show inventiveness, perseverance, and… surprise. The surprise comes primarily from the artists, who’ve been my main motivation as well as my source of energy during all this time. I want to thank them all here, first and foremost I:Cube, who was the first to be signed and with whom I now share this selection on this double CD.

Nicolas took care of the first period of the label (1996-2006). He has deliberately excluded certain tracks (Disco cubizm, Sunshine people, Cosmic race) that’ve become “classics” (with hindsight, and in all modesty, I think now is the time I can say it). CD1 represents the spirit of the label during those years very well. From the dark electro of Delit-K (Best before date see base) to the psych-ish jazz from the early days of Château Flight (Autotrak 1), to the disco-ish house of I:Cube back then (Mingus in my pocket), to the African scrollworks of guitarist and singer Diblo Dibala, produced by Château Flight. Right from the start, as the name suggests, I tried to bring eclecticism to the label. Eclecticism inherited from my years at Radio Nova (1991-1996), where my mentors Jean-François Bizot (R.I.P.) and Loik Dury (big up!) opened my musical field forever.

For CD2, I decided instead to select pieces that came out in the last 3 years (with the exception of the chosen Zombie Zombie track, a cornerstone of the label), with artists that had just emerged when I met them (Acid Arab, Jan Schulte, The Maghreban, …). Between the French boogie of New Paradise (taken from the Disco sympathie compilation, done by my dear Vidal Benjamin), the very contemplative music of Versatile’s latest acquisitions (Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourrière), the fruits of my wanderings in Jordan (King Ghazi), and obviously the latest production of I:Cube, I tried to show where we are today, 20 years after the start of this adventure. It is safe to say that no one is more surprised than me, that we are still going strong.

Gilbert Cohen

Pre-Order the Exclusive Vinyl Sampler for the Versatile 20 Years Anniversary

June 8, 2016
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Versatile Records are proud to present a 12″ vinyl sampler of selected tracks from the forthcoming physical and digital anniversary compilation spanning 20 years of the labels output –...
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new release from Gilb’r : “Chàm”

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new release from Gilb’r : “Chàm”

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Versatile Ensemble – an exclusive Versatile project with Red Bull Music Studio Paris

June 8, 2016
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VERSATILE ENSEMBLE Un disque collectif enregistré au Red Bull Studios Paris à l’occasion des vingts ans du label Versatile qui se tiendront les 28 et 29 mai prochains au...
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King Ghazi presents Abu Sayah – Houran & Shamaleh

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VER108 – King Ghazi presents Abu Sayah – Houran & Shamaleh AVAILABLE ON 2×12″ LIMITED DJ EDITION (FULL COLOUR SLEEVE) + DIGITAL – CLICK HERE TO BUY Recorded in Amman...
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Zombie Zombie – Slow Futur

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VERCD032 : Zombie Zombie – Slow Futur 1 – Hyperespace 2 – Slow Futur 3 – Blue Screen 4 – Extra Life Original music of the Slow Futur show...
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Various Artists – Disco Cubizm / Venus EP (incl Daft Punk & Dj Gregory remixes)

January 20, 2016
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Disco Cubizm / Venus EP by Various Artists PRE-ORDER VINYL / PRE-ORDER DIGITAL First in a series of Versatile Records 20th Anniversary re-mastered vinyl repress is this double sided...
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Aladdin – Girls In Uniform EP (incl Trevor Jackson & Gilb’R remixes)

January 20, 2016
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Girls In Uniform EP by Aladdin AVAILABLE ON VINYL Aladdin is an atypical project at Versatile, even for Versatile’s standards. In the base, the group consisted of Nicolas Ker —...
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Cottam – Breaking Through The Pain Barrier EP

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Breaking Through The Pain Barrier EP - VER106 by Cottam BUY VINYL / BUY DIGITAL Paul Cottam was diagnosed with Encephalomyelitis disseminata, or multiple sclerosis, just as his first records...
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The Explosion

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The Explosion by The Explosion BUY VINYL / BUY DIGITAL / BUY CD VIDEO : The Explosion – Stratus Following the long tradition of those trying to lift spirits by...
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