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Gary Davenport
Scattered Thoughts

Scattered Thoughts is an exhumation of early work from Gary Davenport, the founder of San Antonio underground label Closet Records. Also featuring a book chronicling his experiences with the label, the 13 songs on this compilation include Davenport’s work in the band Mannequin, collaborative work with Mark Champion and Charles Athanas, plus his solo work while living in Texas. 

Rupa
Disco Jazz

What a treat: a long overdue reissue of Rupa’s album Disco Jazz, a remarkable and very rare item originally from 1982. This album is a little Disco and a little Jazz, but all refracted through a mixture traditional Indian and synthesised instrumentation. Hard to explain but easy to love, this is a very welcome remastered reissue from Numero Group.
  • Vinyl 12" (NUM805LP)
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Joanna Brouk
The Space Between

Forget the space between, it’s just space that Joanna Brouk’s second album from 1980 has been crying out for, only ever being released on cassette. Now, the 'The Space Between' has room to breathe, being spread over four sides of vinyl, thanks to Numero Group. Brouk, an American electronic musician studied under composer Robert Ashley and famed minimalist composer Terry Riley. She released five albums in her career before giving up music in 1986 to have a family and practice transcendental meditation.
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  • Numero Group

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Like a Ship... (Without a Sail)

An ingenious piece of crate-digging has exhumed this real treasure. Recorded in 1971 by a 27 year old pastor and a school-initiative choir, Like A Ship… (Without A Sail) was a haunting rumination on the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, and was sampled by the mighty Kanye West subsequently. 

Jackie Shane
Any Other Way / Sticks and Stones

Soul legend William Bell wrote the song Any Other Way. It was taken up by Bostonian Jackie Shane - a transgender pioneer - who recorded the song, originally a mournful break-up song as the lyrics suited her need for a gay liberation anthem. It was originally released in 1962 - the same year William Bell cut his version in Memphis. B/w Sticks and Stones.

Various
Visible And Invisible Persons Distributed In Space

Numero Group presents Visible And Invisible Persons Distributed In Space, an exhumation exercise like no other. Taking the finest tracks from ten highly obscure, privately-issued masterpieces from the Eighties soul and jazz scene, it’s a beautifully packaged item, arriving in gold foil and metallic ink origami sleeve that becomes a magnetic pyramid structure. 
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  • Numero Group

Indian Summer
Giving Birth To Thunder

One of the earliest progenitors of emo, Oakland’s Indian Summer had an eventful career, even if it only lasted 12 months. Laying down just 10 tracks, which appeared variously on singles and compilations over 1993 and 1994, Giving Birth To Thunder sees the Numero Group label gather all their recordings in one place for the very first time, along with some lovingly assembled liner notes and media.
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  • Numero Group

Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You

I swear this already got reissued and I wrote a bunch of words about it but whatever. This is an absolute classic of noise rock and it's from the architects of the genre, Unwound. After years spent hacking away on harsher arrangements and disquieting volumes, Unwound realised no one cared about their racket and started writing quieter, more sinewy material in which frontman Justin Trosper mumbled nihilist missives. One of the tracks on this one is called "Who Cares" and that about sums it up, except for that Leaves Turn Inside You is now considered an absolute classic and beloved all over. This is the missing link between The Dead C and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. 
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  • Numero Group

Don Slepian
Sea of Bliss

Originally released as a cassette only way back in 1980, Don Slepian’s milestone composition Sea of Bliss finally gets its first ever issue on vinyl. Recorded using the legendarily difficult-to-use Alles digital synthesiser, the album’s two side-long compositions became landmarks in what became known as the new age genre. 
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  • Numero Group

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Do Not Pass Me By Vol. II

Following up the cult success of the much-beloved Like A Ship… Without A Sail in 1971, Do Not Pass Me By was the even more limited successor two years later. Chicago’s Pastor T.L. Barrett once again took the 40-piece Youth For Christ Choir and laid down ten more yearning, soaring spiritual tracks. 

94 East
The Cookhouse 5

Certainly to be of interest to Prince fans! The Cookhouse 5 recordings, laid down at the Cookhouse Recording Studios in Minneapolis in 1975, provide a valuable snapshot of a then-16 year old future Purple One on guitar in ensemble with others. Each of the five tracks is rendered in instrumental version on the B-side of this valuable artefact. 
  • Vinyl LP (NUM1250LP)
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  • Limited edition
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Elisa Waut
Elisa Waut

A undercover classic of minimal wave, first released in 1982 as a limited run of cassettes, hand-dubbed for demo purposes. Elisa Waut was a trio of Mitteleuropean youth, and this self-titled debut of theirs is cold and detached and moody, singing of depression and Cold War vibes. You know you want it. Resurrected to vinyl by Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

Various
Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht

Numero Group really know their way around the strange underworld of America’s private press music, putting them in the perfect position to curate compilations like this one. Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht is a selection of smooth soft-rock from the 1970’s: leisure rock from an array of near-unknown bands. CD and double LP editions available.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM72LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Numero Group

Duster
Stratosphere

Stratosphere by American indie band, Duster, was originally released in 1998. It is a forgotten gem of the the slowcore genre. Just like Irish musical grandad, Val Doonican, they rock, but gently. Unlike Val Doonican, they will appeal to fans of mid-fi American indie-rock of the ‘90s. Reissue on Numero Group.

Duster
Contemporary Movement

Contempary Movement was the second and final album by American slowcore band, Duster. It was originally released in 2000 and followed their impressive debut, Stratosphere. It saw the album working as a fully-fledged three-piece for the only time. This is indie-rock to lie down to. A warm hug of under-produced analog sound and tape hiss.

Chasman
Synth-E-Fuge

Synth-e-fuge by Chasman has the kind of cover that makes you want to drop everything and go listen to it. If you need more persuading, however, then it's got some great synths, a charmingly lo-fi feel, and is more 80s than Duran Duran in over-sized blazers eating a communal Vienetta. For fans of Duran Duran, Wham!, and The Human League. 

New World Music
Intellectual Thinking

New World Music - one of those hard-to-Google band names. Just like everyone else, they didn’t care about Google back in the mid-’80s because it didn’t exist. This lot were a San Franciscan electro-funk group who laid down funky keyboards, 808 beats and groovy bass lines, all infused with a chemical haze. Intellectual Thinking collects together all of their singles issued on the Macola label. 12” on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl 12" (NUM803LP)
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Various
Escape From Synth City

Numero Group are about to embark on a series of records that focus on retro-futurist cuts from the 1980s. Albums like Escape From Synth City intend to showcase the (now charmingly naive) visions of the future that were cropping up all over the cultural landscape in that decade. This LP focuses on the synth-funk sounds of Tom Cameron, Chasman and other forward-thinkers.
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Spontaneous Overthrow
All About Money

All About Money is one of those popular music curios that defies easy categorisation. The LP originally emerged from New Jersey in 1984 and is now being re-pressed by Numero Group. Its creators, a group called Spontaneous Overthrow, had never released anything before and never would again. Their sound is a funny mix of cocktail party grooves, home-baked disco and knowing soul singing. It’s an oddly hypnotic mix that will appeal to anyone who cottoned on to that Preacherman reissue that emerged on Luaka Bop a couple of months back.

Various
Switched - On Eugene

The Eugene of this compilation’s title isn’t a specific person but a place: Eugene, Oregon, where the Eugene Electronic Music Collective gathered to hippily make sounds in the 80’s. Numero Group once again do a great job of sifting and creating, presenting sixteen selections from members of the group. Real intimate, DIY direct stuff, mined from obscurity.
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  • Numero Group

Various
Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

Numero Group have gone crazy for the big-haired harmonious sisters of the '60s! Their latest extravaganza -- namely 'Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground' -- compiles 56 tracks (on double-CD, 28 on double vinyl) from various girl groups of the halcyon pop era; families, studio receptionists and all. Soaring vocals and raw pop power from: The Four J's, The Vandelettes, The Soulettes, The Para-Monts, plus many, many more!

Various
Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label

There wasn’t much by way of a DIY record label culture in the 1960’s, but Tommy Falcone bucks that trend. Throughout the decade he ran Cleopatra, an imprint that was ahead of its time in both approach and style. Ignoring the narrow genre constraints of many contemporaneous labels, Cleopatra signed everything from garage rock bands to girl groups to crooners, and Falcone ran the whole operation himself out of a New Jersey basement. Now Numero Group have compiled twenty-five of Cleopatra's most essential releases on this Teen Expo compilation.
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  • Numero Group

Happy Rhodes
Ectotrophia

Here's arty US pop singer Happy Rhodes. Ectotrophia is the first properly compiled anthology of her work. Her music blends classical influences, acoustic guitars, synths along with her remarkable and endearing four-octave range voice. It all came to life in upstate New York, away from the hustle and bustle, in the mid ‘80s when she was a mere teenager. Fans of Kate Bush may find much to like here. Double LP and CD on Numero Group.

Express Rising
Fixed Rope II

Express Rising, here expanded beyond Dante Carfagna into a trio, go deep into ambient territory with their instrumental music on Fixed Rope II. The instruments and melodies remain clearly distinguishable, but they are draped in reverb and mystery, perfect for those in-between moods. Fixed Rope II is released by Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

Various
Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thought other Americans wanted the rest of the world to sound like, now's your chance.

Various
W2NG 89.9fm

Soft rock klaxon! Thanks to Numero, we're hooked on this blue coloured vinyl, filled with easy glide, pontoon rock and seductive, whispery disco. Expect to hear rollicking gems from Gary Hyde, Marshall Titus and rare cuts from Larry Sanders, Orphans of Love and Lion. A killer listen for long, rainy days.
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  • Numero Group

Hüsker Dü
Savage Young Dü

Something nice for fans of legendary post-punk racketeers Husker Du. 'Savage Young Du' is a journey through the young life of the band including early recordings, sessions and live performances as well as their classic early single 'Statues'/'Amusement'. All housed in deluxe set with book of photos and memorabilia. 

Laraaji
Vision Songs Vol. 1

Laraaji is best known for his blissfully ambient instrumental new age works. This reissue of an obscure cassette release from 1984 see him adding soulful vocals to his hammered dulcimer, keyboard and rhythm machine. At times it’s a little reminiscent of Alice Coltrane’s recently reissued ashram recordings, though with a somewhat more secular vibe. Gently joyful songs with a lovely lo-fi home production, balmy and chilled out to an extreme degree. Available on LP and CD.
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  • Numero Group

Jackie Shane
Any Other Way

A pioneering figure who is thoroughly deserving of the retrospective interest in her career, Any Other Way is the first collection of Jackie Shane’s work approved by the artist herself. Though at the time her work barely got beyond the clubs of Toronto, Shane’s strong voice and stronger presence as a transgender woman in 1960’s North America has seen her influence spread far over the years. This LP brings together live recordings and her run of 45s, all of which demonstrate her unique command of soul, funk and r&b. Includes three previously unreleased tracks.

Noise Addict
10,000 Kids With Guitars

Noise Addict is what happened when some Australian teenagers saw a Nirvana gig and decided to try and do it themselves. Wahey! They actually ended up making a decent impact with their noisy punk-pop, and Numero Group now present two LPs worth of their best cuts. 10,000 Kids With Guitars comes with a chalkboard cover, so they tell us.

Various
Los Alamos Grind!

Los Alamos Grind! is a compilation of the old-style rock’n’roll, put together with extra attention paid to lesser-known artists and sleazy-sounding tracks. This stuff just flies out of the stereo, inducing dirty boogies and cool retro-futuristic reveries. Bands like A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces and Johnny K. Killens & The Dynamites provide the tunes. LP compilation on Numero Group.

Various
Wayfaring Stangers: Ladies Of The Canyon

Numero Group present a thrilling collection of rare private press music from California-based female folk musicians circa the early 1970’s. Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies Of The Canyon captures the particular milieu of that time and place, via the strange and particular songwriting of these amazing lesser-known women. Vinyl compilation on Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

Syl Johnson
My Gift

Syl Johnson reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist, and it could well be true. The tracks gathered here are packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. My Gift is a compilation of the R&B / soul man’s 45’ singles from his early days, with B-sides to boot. All remastered, of course. LP on Numero Group.

Various
Shanghai’d Soul

A big bundle of old soul tracks of the absolute highest quality, assembled by reissue maestros The Numero Group. Shangai’d Soul will delight everyone who loves them some soul, but the tracks have also been picked with their later use in mind: plenty of these productions have been mined for hip-hop samples over the years, see what you can spot!
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  • Numero Group

Blonde Redhead
Masculin Feminin

Here’s an excellently in-depth archival release for Blonde Redhead, one of 90’s New York’s finest outfits. Masculin Feminin contains the band’s first two albums in full, plus all the surrounding extra material from the time (singles, radio sessions, demos etc.). Also, for a little perspective, two in-depth essays and lots of exclusive photographs. 2CD / 4LP sets on Numero Group.

Various
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music looks at the extremely commercially successful genre of 70’s US country-rock through a less familiar prism: private press labels. So less familiar artists like Plain Jane and The Black Canyon Gang get their chance to showcase their style. CD / double LP compilation on Numero Group.

The Edge Of Daybreak
Eyes Of Love

Eyes Of Love is a rare proposition: it was recorded by four incarcerated artists, imprisoned in Virginia, USA in the 70’s. But this is not prison blues: instead, The Edge Of Daybreak sounds like it could have poured forth from un-impinged freedom, such is the bright beauty that is played here. Reissue on Numero Group.

Various
Ork Records: New York, New York

Ork Records: New York New York is a compilation that could well change people’s perceptions about the origin of punk. Terry Ork, a movie obsessive and fan of Andy Warhol’s Factory owned a movie memorabilia shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He set up Ork Records along with Charles Ball which gave rise, not only to punk, but the New York’s whole indie scene. Features music from punks such as Television, Blondie and Richard Hell, alongside power-pop and college rock heroes Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. Vinyl 4 LP Box comes with 120 page booklet, 2 CD set comes with 184 page booklet.
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  • Numero Group

Royal Jesters
English Oldies

Royal Jesters were a group of 1960’s Texan-Mexicans who brought joy to the teenage populace in their locality. Their blend of doo-wop and R&B sizzles with the feeling of groovy fun, and with English Oldies containing a full 28 tracks, there is plenty to enjoy here. Released on The Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group