Boomkat Product Review:
Rare Vazz and Antena gems star among Numero’s bevy of downbeat charms, lassoed as part of The Cabinet of Curiosities compilation series - a strong look for lovers of machine-driven ‘80s soul at its broadest.
Leading chronologically from Numero’s Super Hits of the 70s set, the revered diggers ring far flung artists united by their use of drum machines in a soulful style, but distinguished by varying tastes for Glasgow goth, Sade-like R&B, sultry Latin slink, and skewed wave musics.
As with anything under the Numero banner, every cut is cherry-picked from their considerable pool of contributors, skipping fluff in favour of hits at every turn from well known and loved greats such as Isabella Antena, here with the winking charms of ‘Naughty Naughty’, or post-punk legends Vazz with the delectable 7” cut ‘Breath’ off a rare 1985 release, and thru to ‘Hear My Heart’, a reminder of Jeff Phelps’ sterling private press soul oddity ‘Magnetic Eyes’. Chuck in Suse Millemann’s very Annie Lennox-esque nugget ‘Patterns’, the serpentine hustle of ‘Being Strong’ by Belgian pop star Eliza Waut, and the blushing synth and vocal harmonies to Terry Garthwaite’s ‘Me to You’ and you’ve got a whole vibe.