Review: This is a significant release for Versatile Records. It marks up a century of releases - in their 20th year, no less - and has been described by founder Gilb'R as "probably our oddest release yet". It's certainly eccentric. The album was produced by I:Cube for school friend Cravache, whose dada-inspired poetry and spoken ramblings are dotted throughout the LP. Musically, it's deliciously wayward, offering up a mix of soundscapes - some beguiling and ambient, others exotic and percussion heavy - Tom Waits-inspired fuzz-rock, and tactile synth-pop. It's really rather good, and sounds like the sort of record collectors will be hunting for in 20 or 30 years time.
Ronan Girre - "Je N'Sais Pas Avec Qui?" (feat Arielle Dombasle) (3:12)
Reserve - "Une Fille En Transe" (3:31)
Review: Five years ago, French record collector Vidal Benjamin wowed us with "Disco Sympathie", a killer compilation of obscure Gallic disco and boogie gems. For this similarly dusty-fingered follow-up, he's set his gaze on French new wave and synth-pop. It's an entertaining and eye-opening listen that moves from the samba-chanson of Cecilia and the fizzing electro-funk of Electropic, to the sweet and cheery synth-pop of "Reserve". Highlights in between include the bustling synth-pop sleaziness of Sonia's "J'Sais Plus Ou J'En Suis", the throbbing new wave quirkiness of Milpatte's "Je Vais Danser" and the low-slung post-punk pop of I:Cube's fresh re-edit of Yogo's "Reve De Star".