Monsieur Cedric’s brainchild has grown in a year as others did in ten, or so goes an ancient Romanian saying. Launched only two years ago, Série Limitée proved to be one of the most successful vinyl-only limited edition imprints out there in the land of 300-copies-per-release. It’s all due to the excellent artist selection first of all, but pressing quality does have a saying here and, of course, the limited factor comes into play, as we all know record collectors are extremely proud of their rare stash and unique loot. But enough of that, let’s get back to the music. Each release features exactly five tracks, one of which belongs to Cedric himself, and always as a bonus cut. The other four tracks belong to names such as Joey Kay, Steve Frisco, Shyam, Desos, Deymare, Simon Ferdinand, Jordan Fields, Uncle Deep, 99 Letters and Lady Blacktronika to name a solid few of them. As you can see, Série Limitée has a very solid foundation laid in less than two years and a very true-to-the-underground ethos behind the whole concept.
This late september, the seventh Série Limitée comes out and brings Neuronphase, Le Rubrique, Jacob Stoy, Ana Xander and Flabaire together for a really special 4-track-and-a-hidden-bonus visually-appealing wax offering. Neuronphase opens the release with ‘Life In The Party’, a dark, raw and deep piece of haunting house music that seems to have been pulled out from the deepest bowels of the underground. From the noisy low synth and sub-bass kick to the spooky echoes and horrific barks to the drowned percussions, eerie strings and male vocals loops, the track just screams late-night vodka-infused red-lit basements out of its pores. Next up is ’Frankfurt Weekenders’ the fruit of Le Rubrique and his pal Jacob Stoy’s collaboration that also puts an emphasis on the deep, but this time, with more early hours in mind. The track has all the ingredients of a perfect weekend track: fat syncopated kicks, groovy bass strings, smooth airy pads, playful melodies and moving guitar riffs. Play this on a late Friday night or an early Sunday morning and the effect is guaranteed: instant crowd enchanter!
On the flipside, Ana Xander goes hard and playful on us with his ‘Daddy’s Throbbing Groove’, a swung out of orbit percussion dementia that features a rather peculiar flat bassline, fun-house organ-like synths, abrasive high hats and manly vocal shouts. All this done on an arrangement that brings to ming old travelling variety shows and on a vibe reminiscent of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo’s famous ether binge adventure in sin city. Flabaire concludes the EP with a ‘Change Of Perspective’ by bringing the deep succulent bass back into the speakers, the tight old-skool kicks back into our feet and that amazing retro-inspired bell-like bass synth line back into our soul. But this doesn’t stop here: nostalgic pads flow freely into the morning cyan sky, while a glass melody starts playing its notes like an early bird flaps its wings. Here and there a 90’s sampled vocal loop grooves us out, giving the track a special recovered-DAT-tape-from-1994 feel. As for Cedric's bonus track... I'll let you discover it yourself after buying the record, but I'll give you a hint: sublime morning delight ;)