Numero Group: By The Numbers


Press check: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label
August 28, 2013, 3:49 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul, Forte

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Yesterday, at around 2PM, in the middle of an insane bout of 90 degree heat, The Numero Group did what it does best: Unload pallets of records into our cramped office. Not that it wasn’t worth it. Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label arrived on LP, and it’s DAMN majestic. A 24-page 11″x11″ book accompanies the two LPs, all housed in a tight tip-on jacket. You can buy them now, and we’ll ship them to you immediately. 

That bit of hype out of the way, let’s move onto some other hype:

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“Forte is one of those labels that’s been kind of known to us for a long time — it’s been floating around,” says Rob Sevier, a Numero Group founder who heads up Eccentric Soul, the funk-soul arm of the label. “Ten years ago, shortly before Ellis Taylor died, he basically dumped all his record stock to a junker — a guy who cleans out houses, basically. So there was this junker selling all these old Forte 45s on eBay, and I bought a bunch and so did a lot of other people. For a moment in time, they were very attainable records.”

pitchfork1.1“The history of funk has long needed a little bit more of Marva Whitney; her music, her context, her soul. Thanks to The Forte Label, we now have it. And then some.


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