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A decade into our journey to document lost and forgotten music from around the world, we’re still figuring out how to convince the country that re-contextualized soul music that there’s a decent archival record company out of America. Just like the best UK punk singles only showed up in the import bins, Numero has had a long love affair with the intelligentsia of British Isles record shops. And while the buyers at Piccadilly, Rough Trade, Monorail, Probe, Honest Jons, and the Drift know us by catalog number, the northern soldiers have been too busy buying dodgy comps of mysterious European origin to notice that we’ve become the world’s finest catalog label.
In September, all that changes. For ten days, Chicago’s Numero Group will send shockwave after shockwave down the spines of UK dancers and record buyers. From Edinburgh to London, Manchester to Dublin, the M1 to the M4, Numero will be hosting a series of dance parties, in store events, films, and even a pop up shop. We’ll have a full line of LPs, CDs, games, 45s, and all the other miscellaneous debris you’ve come to love us for. We’re even manufacturing a special compact disc only for sale at select retailers in the UK and Ireland.
Embrace your inner Yankophile, we won’t tell the punters waiting for Wigan to reopen.
9/20 Edinburgh, Scotland @ Studio 24
9/21 Manchester, England @ Electrik Bar
9/23 London, England @ Rough Trade East [In-store event]
9/24 London, England @ Servant Jazz Quarters [Purchase tickets]
9/25 Dublin, Ireland @ Sugar Club
9/26 Cork, Ireland @ TBA
9/28 London, England @ Strongroom [Numero Pop Up shop]
Oh, and that special UK-only record?
Tinmine Soul Supply: 20 Faith-Keeping, Floor Shaking Stompers from Deep in the Numero Vault (NBR-005)
Original Vinyl Only! That’s what we used to make this CD… ok, a few came from master tapes, we’ll hope the most parochial soulies will let us slide (though we’re anticipating a Soul Source 10-pager on the topic). A “northern soul” style compilation is just the latest Numbero product to bootleg the extensive Numero catalog… a label you may have heard mentioned through clenched teeth concerning our preference for “replicating” original 45s, rather than splashing them with shite contemporary design. This is a peace offering: a compilation of both talc-covered classics and unheard floor-fillers. What better way to reintroduce our fledgling concern to the UK than by playing straight to the middle? It is the Numbero way.
Some, like Walter & the Admerations’ “Man Oh Man,” Lou Ragland’s “I Travel Alone,” or Bob & Fred’s “I’ll Be On My Way” have been on casino-goers’ radars for years, others, like Benny Scott & the Soul Masters “No Other Woman But You” and Rudolph Jacobs “Baby, I Love You” were barely seen outside of a square block in Houston, Texas, let alone dug up by John Anderson forty years ago (although chances are he remembers having a whole palette full of them.) If you’re new to this catalog, you can only go up from here. Numero prides itself on making well-researched, lovingly curated compilations. But this is a Numbero compilation… see, totally different. Peruse the accompanying insert for places to head next. If you know us and love us, most of this will be old hat, but we tucked a few gems in here to make it worth the ten quid you just parted with. If a few carvers get cut, we’ll take it as a compliment.
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