Gilb'R and I:Cube have selected 25 highlights from the French label's two decades in the game.
1996-2016: Versatile Records 20 Years is coming out on May 27th on CD and digital formats. Its 25 tracks have been selected by founder Gilb'R in partnership with I:Cube, a core label artist who recently put together a mixtape for Versatile celebrating his period of musical discovery in the early-to-mid '90s.
"Between the time when we were hand-stickering our first release in the living room of my former apartment at Rue de la Goutte d'Or and today, 20 years have passed," says Gilb'R. "That's 20 years in which I have tried to show inventiveness, perseverance and [an element of] 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:Cube picked the selections that represent the label's first ten years—1996 through 2006—while Gilb'R handled the more recent output, with a focus on the past three years. Artists like Pépé Bradock, Joakim, Etienne Jaumet, Acid Arab and The Maghreban all feature.
01. Gilb'R + Bradock - Versatile
02. I:Cube - Mingus in My Pocket
03. Chateau Flight - Kolingo (Love)
04. Chateau Flight - Autotrak
05. Quixote feat. Lisa Li-Lund - Before I Started To Dance (Chateau Flight Dub)
06. Manu DiBango - Soul Fiesta (Chateau Flight Rework)
07. Future Beat Alliance - Fake Love
08. Headcore - Cage
09. Chris Prolific - Crumble Beat
10. I:Cube - Un Proton pour Toi, Un Proton pour Moi
11. Deli-K - Best Before Date See Base
12. Chateau Flight - Rituel
13. Joakim - Peter Pan Over The Bronx
14. The Maghreban - Smack Beats
15. Bufiman - Running (The Chase)
16. New Paradise - I Love Video
17. Hanaa Ouassim feat. Turzi, Judah Warsky, Dj Gilb'r - Madad
18. The Explosion - Disco Blind (Edit)
19. John Cravache - Le Désir de Rester Petit (Cubo Remix)
20. King Ghazi - Shamaleh (Gilb'r Main Mix)
21. Zombie Zombie - Watch the World from A Plane
22. Gilb'r & DJ Sotofett - Foliage (Dj Sotofett's Live Jazz Mix)
23. Jonathan Fitoussi & Clemens Hourrière - Moonish Landscapes
24. I:Cube - A Walk With You
25. Etienne Jaumet - Midnight Man
Versatile will release 1996-2016: Versatile Records 20 Years on May 27th, 2016.