Numero Group: By The Numbers

Gilles Peterson Digs Universal Togetherness Band
January 14, 2015, 11:39 am
Filed under: Universal Togetherness Band

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When you feel the way we feel about the Universal Togetherness Band, you want to tell everybody. And you can’t tell everybody without telling revered British radio host Gilles Peterson, who himself has been touched by a few Numero titles over the years. We gave him a heads up about Universal Togetherness Band, and next thing we know it’s the Album Of The Week for his BBC Radio 6 broadcast. Using a perfect blend of praise and context, Gilles had this to say about the Universal Togetherness Band:

Numero Group Records, do it again… A whole new discovery: Universal Togetherness Band. Active for five years in the late ’70s/early ’80s. Made some music between ’79 and ’82, never came out until now. So the backing tracks were mixed by the Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Sean Marquand… And [laughs] he did a good job. You know what I love about that period? 1979 to 1982? Around that era, it’s like jazz, funk, and disco—mixed together—and you get this unique sound. And in fact, the British bands like Light of the World and Hi-Tension… This could almost be British from that era. It’s my album of the week. I’m gonna play another track from it before Craig Charles around 6 o’clock, and the other track I’ve got, it really sounds like [Jamiroquai vocalist] Jay Kay. It’s amazing; It’s as if he’d heard it, but obviously he couldn’t have, because this stuff was only recently unearthed by the brilliant Numero Group.

Thanks Gilles! The check is in the mail!

Click here to listen to Gilles Peterson’s latest radio show (1/10/15) on

 Order Universal Togetherness Band here



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