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LUCHITO: Dap Walk b/w NESTOR ALVAREZ: El Barrio (Vinyl 7″)

It might be the middle of the winter but it’s Latin funk o’clock at the record label that never sleeps (a.k.a Original Gravity) who are all ready to ensure you cop some tropical retro heat on a new 45 featuring Luchito’s funky sal-soul-style cover of Ernie And The Top Notes’ Nawlins funk classic Dap Walk by way of an A-side. Dope as this is, it’s run close by the flip – Nestor Alvarez’ minimal
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ROY ELLIS: Love Song Gone Wrong (Vinyl 7″)

ROY ELLIS:  Love Song Gone Wrong (Vinyl 7Roy Ellis? Roy ‘Symarip’ Ellis? Roy Ellis who already re-recorded Original Gravity release Rudy Skankin On The Moon and released it on the label earlier this year? The very same! As it turns out, Original Gravity boss Neil Anderson and Ellis decided to make two songs for the label and Love Song Gone Wrong is the second one co-written by Anderson and Ellis on which Ellis sounds as
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JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES: I’m A Man (Vinyl 7″)

JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES:  I'm A ManIt looks like a Bluebeat label on the 45, it sounds like a bluebeat act and the song was written long enough ago to have been the source for a ska cover. But that’s just because the Original Gravity Records machine is adept at pastiching pretty much whatever the hell genre and era it turns its hand to. I say ‘its’ – obviously I mean tireless label mastermind, Neil Anderson, who for this release has aimed his
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JODIE: Threads (Ltd. vinyl 7″)

JODIE: Threads (Ltd. vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Original Gravity signing Jodie returns with new vinyl 7″, Threads, shortly but with a title like that, what is she actually singing about? A nuclear holocaust? Nope, too eighties. Straggly loose bits of fabric? Close but no cigar. Ok then, so it must be…clothing! Got it in three, as our heroine turns in a snappy dressers’ anthem. Not just any snapper dressers though
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DONNOYA DRAKE: Only You (Vinyl 7″)

DONNOYA DRAKE:  Only YouRating: ★★★★★ Must be dope early reggae release week or something for here is news of the second such drop – this time from the Original Gravity label in the shape of Only You by Donnoya Drake. Yes, that would be a cover of the synth-pop track by Yazoo, now re-imagined as a sister reggae cut in a kind of Joya Landis stylee. If you read the previous MB post on Mango Wood, you’ll note I
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LUCHITO & NESTOR: Fortune Teller b/w Para Que? (Vinyl 7″)

LUCHITO & NESTOR:  Fortune TellerRating: ★★★★★ Fortune Teller by Luchito & Nestor? Don’t tell me the Latin incarnation of multi-instrumentalist and Original Gravity Records label boss Neil Anderson is dropping a funky Latin boogaloo version of the Benny Spellman classic on 45? He certainly is and it’s every bit the total sureshot it sounds like from that description, coming on like something recorded in Spanish
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MAX ISS & THE MINIONS: Lord Cumiana (Vinyl 7″)

MAX ISS & THE MINIONS: Lord CumianaMore quality early reggae sounds from Original Gravity Records in the shape of new 7″, Lord Cumiana, from Max Iss & The Minions a.k.a. the latest incarnation of  label boss Neil Anderson with session toaster in tow. And for that read two slabs of ’69-style boss reggae punctuated with U-Roy-style shout-outs from the aforementioned session toaster. A-side Lord Cumiana, is a big and brassy
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UMOZA MUSIC PROJECT: Down By The Beach/ WOODFIELD ROAD ALLSTARS: Ghetto Guitar (Vinyl 7″)

Umoza Music ProjectYet more reggae from the Original Gravity label and rather than the more usual ‘boss’ ‘sound of ’69’, this one heads in an afro-rootsy direction – at least on the A-side with Umoza Music Projects’s Down By The Beach conjuring visions of beach shacks and palm trees. Un-seasonal as that it is, it’s arguably a highly welcome distraction from yet another Covid-Christmas of government
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NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: Fuego/ THE SUPERSONICS: The Chosen One (Vinyl 7″)

NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: FuegoAs the promo for this one points out, while Original Gravity Records only came into being in 2017, the recording history of label boss Neil Anderson stretches back a lot further than that. Which is why this Néstor Álvarez/ The Supersonics 45 is part of the ‘Original Gravity Archive Series’ since it features one recording from 1998 (!) and another from 2010. On the A-side, Mr Anderson
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MELBOURNE DOUGLAS: Dakota (Vinyl 7″)

The second of two new 45s announced by the Original Gravity label recently (the previous one being Jodie’s soul cut Pushover) comes from Melbourne Douglas and The Regulators picking up where the previous Regulators 45 left off with an early reggae style Britpop cover. And since early reggae material is rife with covers, this merely continues the tradition. In picking
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