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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

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House - Released September 7, 2018 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

A meeting of French electronic champions, Chateau Flight is I:Cube and Gilb'r, two producers whose soulful down tempo style has earned them accolades from the likes of Air and Carl Craig. Fusing beatnik percussion and '70s jazz-funk with electronic and post-rock elements, each song on Puzzle is distinctly different from one another, yet all hold a very natural flavor. The opener is a quirky vocodered dream that makes way for the bass riff of "Camping Jazz," which meets post-rock minimal repetition with '70s synth stabs and even a little '80s-lite FM piano flourishes. Moving further into the album you'll find deep house grooves, hyper jazz breaks, tribal conga attacks, and even a piece composed with water splashing. A expertly crafted piece of rhythmic bliss that gives a modern reflection on what you would imagine the sound of Parisian nightlife to have been in the '50s, '80s, and 2000s. ~ Joshua Glazer
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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

Though they're one of the most imaginative remix teams in dance music, Chateau Flight (the duo of Gilb'r and I:Cube) doesn't enjoy the high profile of teams at the same level, like Jazzanova or Kruder & Dorfmeister. (Part of the answer lies in the fact that both members enjoy fruitful "solo" careers.) Whatever the reason, Versatile's full-length collection Remixent is the perfect antidote to any potential obscurity, collecting 14 post-productions for trip-hop artists (Air, P'Taah, Peace Orchestra), broken beat artists (Seiji, Joakim Lone Octet, Pavel Kostiuk), pop artists (Serge Gainsbourg, Bebel Gilberto), African artists (Femi Kuti, Manu Dibango), and even a contemporary composer (Pierre Henry). Gilb'r and I:Cube's imagination and production expertise knows no bounds, and they're smart enough to range from radical reimaginings to subtle reworkings. For an example of the former, check out the duo's reverse-engineering of Bebel Gilberto into an electro-disco diva on "August Day Song"; for the latter, listen to the heavy Afro-beat and dense rhythm on their reversion of Femi Kuti's "Beng, Beng, Beng." An early track by Air becomes a broken beat mammoth (they're a dead ringer for Carl Craig on the boards), and the duo return to Detroit later for a sublime remix of "Ritual" by Brandy (no, not that Brandy.). Chateau Flight don't really have a style (or just one style) to call their own; instead, they create a new interpretation for each track that comes their way, and often do it better than the original. ~ John Bush
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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

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Soundtracks - Released November 15, 2006 | Versatile Records

Following in the path taken by such performers as Pat Metheny and In the Nursery, French duo Château Flight were commissioned to create a soundtrack to an old silent film, in this case a murky, sensuous series of French films from the 1910s. Without the visuals to directly compare anything to the soundtrack must stand on its own for the casual listener, though, and happily Les Vampires does work as a sprightly modern electronic album shot through with evocations of a lost and distant past. The galloping rhythm on the second track suggests horses and railroads running at full steam, while the squirrelly, nervous radio-signal-gone-strange elements on the fifth song suggest broadcasts from a long distant past slipping through the atmosphere. Other sonic elements call to mind a chronological midpoint between then and now, thanks to the semi-theremin swoops and swirls on the third cut, a miasmic and quite compelling mix of sci-fi noise, lounge grooves and random calls and cries over a deep, thick bass and beat. Guest performer Nicolas Villebrun adds some guitar parts at various points, nothing too out of place with the duo's general work and often a fine complement to everything else in the mix (and, presumably, the screen). The full-on Motorik drive which provides the centerpoint of the fifth song is a perfect example of drama which Villebrun helps with immensely, matching the relentless build of the beats. In all Les Vampires does not sound anything like a period re-creation, which is all to its credits-- it stands alone as a passel of exciting soundtrack music, no matter the context. Gilbert Cohen, the more computer-driven side of the partnership, provides the brief but enjoyable liner notes explaining the genesis of the project. ~ Ned Raggett
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House - Released September 22, 2006 | Versatile Records

Electronic/Dance - Released June 21, 2013 | Permanent Vacation

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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released September 27, 2012 | Versatile Records

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Dance - Released June 2, 2014 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released May 29, 2014 | Versatile Records

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House - Released September 3, 2012 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released February 14, 2011 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records

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Techno - Released June 23, 2009 | Versatile Records