Chicago Company Bootlegs a Bootlegger

Numero Group reissues bootlegger's mega-mix

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:01 PM CDT
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Bootlegging in the music business is pretty rampant, and usually the victims -- the artists and record companies -- are left holding the bag.

But the Numero Group, a Chicago company that specializes in reissuing rare finds like last year's "Light on the South Side" project, took a unique approach when they discovered someone was stealing their cheese.

It turns out someone had built a mega-mix of loops, breaks, and vocal snippets using more than 70 Numero releases, and pieced them together into a 40-minute musical narrative that covered seven years of the company's history. But the pirates didn't keep it for personal use -- they pressed it into 12-inch vinyl and distributed it to a handful of DJs and producers.

Numero's lawyers were set to launch a cease and desist letter when the unforeseen happened -- they got hooked on the mega-mix.

So instead of trying to shut the project down completely, Numero had the vinyl seized from a pressing plant and repurposed it into their own release -- Eccentric Breaks & Beats available in stores in June and online right now.

That's what you call turning the turntables.

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