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Tune Up Ska (reissue)
Cat: OGR 796RE. Rel: 09 Nov 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Tune Up Ska (3:16)
  2. Time Is Ska Tight (Aternative take) (3:53)
Review: While this record looks and sounds vintage - like the majority of Original Gravity's output - it is in fact a revivalist, turn-of-the-60s style ska production from Welwyn Garden City's Neil Anderson. A-side 'Tune Up Ska' is particularly potent, with Anderson and his studio musicians serving up a classic ska groove (think walking bass, up-tempo rhythm and blues drums and tight horn blasts), onto which a variety of fuzzy saxophone and organ solos are layered. Clubs may not be open right now, but when they do, we can see it lighting up ska-loving crowds. Over on the flip, Anderson and company turn their attention (sorry) to Booker T & The MG's cut 'Time is Tight', reinventing it as a boisterous, horn-heavy affair featuring some superb trumpet solos.
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Llamar A Los Bomberos
Llamar A Los Bomberos (limited 7")
Cat: OGR 805. Rel: 30 Apr 21
Funk
  1. Llamar A Los Bomberos!
  2. Carlos Papas Grandes
Played by: Voodoocuts
coming soon $13.25
Midnight In Havana (reissue)
Midnight In Havana (reissue) (white vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 799COLOUR. Rel: 04 Jan 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Midnight In Havana (5:18)
  2. Kinky Afro Cuban (4:53)
Review: Like all material released on Original Gravity, this tidy two-tracker from percussionist/band-leader Nestor Alvarezn and producer Neil Anderson sounds like it could have been recorded decades ago but is in fact brand new. It first appeared earlier in the year and has now been granted a second pressing, this time on coloured vinyl. A-side 'Midnight in Havana' is a heavyweight Afro-Cuban treat, with roaring horn lines and energetic organ lines leaping above a weighty, low-slung groove piled high with Latin percussion. The pair get cheeky on the flip, re-imagining Happy Mondays' classic 'Kinky Afro' in an easy listening salsa style, complete with bi-lingual lead vocals and sweltering trumpet solos.
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Midnight In Havana (reissue)
Midnight In Havana (reissue) (orange vinyl 7")
Cat: OGR 799CR. Rel: 19 Mar 21
Funk
  1. Midnight In Havana
  2. Kinky Afro Cuban
Review: Like all material released on Original Gravity, this tidy two-tracker from percussionist/band-leader Nestor Alvarezn and producer Neil Anderson sounds like it could have been recorded decades ago but is in fact brand new. It first appeared earlier in the year and has now been granted a second pressing, this time on coloured vinyl. A-side 'Midnight in Havana' is a heavyweight Afro-Cuban treat, with roaring horn lines and energetic organ lines leaping above a weighty, low-slung groove piled high with Latin percussion. The pair get cheeky on the flip, re-imagining Happy Mondays' classic 'Kinky Afro' in an easy listening salsa style, complete with bi-lingual lead vocals and sweltering trumpet solos.
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Peter Gunn EP
  1. Nestor Alvarez - "Peter Gunn" (2:31)
  2. Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts - "Peter Gunn" (2:20)
  3. Prince Alphonso & The Fever - "Peter Gunn" (2:37)
  4. Melvin Craig - "Peter Gunn" (with Chithrinie Wijayakulathilaka) (2:52)
 in stock $16.43
Lookin' For My Baby
Lookin' For My Baby (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 790. Rel: 14 Jul 20
50s/60s
  1. Lookin' For My Baby (2:40)
  2. Crawfish Gumbo (2:44)
  3. (You Better Come Back To) Georgia (2:39)
  4. Is Vic There? (2:31)
 in stock $17.00
Sister X
Sister X (hand-numbered 7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 803. Rel: 05 Mar 21
Funk
  1. Anderson Bentley - "Sister X" (3:47)
  2. Melvin Craig - "Peter Gunn" (with Chithrinie Wijayakulathilaka - part 1 & 2) (5:01)
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Beggar Man
Cat: OGR 788. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Funk
  1. Beggar Man (2:38)
  2. Medicine (3:15)
 in stock $11.52
Reggae Dynamite Vol 2
Cat: OGR 801. Rel: 01 Dec 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Melbourne Douglas - "Rudy Skankin On The Moon" (3:14)
  2. The Regulators - "Caymanas Park Rocket" (2:30)
  3. Melbourne Douglas - "Rude Boy Don't Fight" (2:50)
  4. King Deadly - "Joshua A Mek Riddim Run" (2:46)
Review: Having already delivered a multi-artist EP of Reggae Dynamite earlier in the year, nostalgia-fired producer Neil Anderson serves up a speedy sequel on his popular Original Gravity label. Toaster Melbourne Douglas kicks things off with the ska-flavoured cheeriness of 'Rudy Skanking on the Moon', before returning later in the EP with slowed-down, rocksteady style reggae fuzziness of 'Rude Boy Don't Fight'. Elsewhere, label regulars (sorry) the Regulators deliver a high-tempo, Hammond-heavy instrumental workout (the excellent 'Caymanas Park Rocket'), while King Deadly layers languid organ solos over a more dub-wise groove on EP standout 'Joshua a Mek Riddim Run'.
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Keep Lifting Me Higher
Keep Lifting Me Higher (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 787. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Funk
  1. Keep Lifting Me Higher (2:45)
  2. The Sweetest Thing (2:41)
  3. The Wig (2:34)
  4. Sweet Sweet Soul (2:32)
Review: New funk delivered the old way; Original Gravity follow up the 2017 hype of Floyd James & The GTs debut "The Switchback" with this powerful four-track EP. Charged with a strong northern soul feel both "Keep Lifting Me Higher" and "The Sweetest Thing" lead with the beat as Floyd and his super-tight band bounce back and forth. Flip for more energetic mischief as "The Wig" goes turbo blues while "Sweet Sweet Soul" closes on an epic, riffy sing-along. The title speaks for itself.
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Boom Boom
Boom Boom (hand-numbered 7" limited to 200 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: OGR 802. Rel: 01 Dec 20
Funk
  1. The Labrats - "Boom Boom" (3:09)
  2. Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts - "Midnight In Memphis" (3:11)
Review: More nostalgic but on-point fare from producer Neil Anderson and his Original Gravity label, this time via an ultra-limited seven-inch single featuring two fuzzy slabs of revivalist rhythm and blues. The Labrats kick things off via a righteous and occasionally raucous cover of John Lee Hooker classic 'Boom Boom', where gnarled, Chuck Berry style guitar solos and gravelly vocals rise above a tooled-up but nevertheless faithful rendition of the much-loved song. Over on the flip, Curtis Baker and the Bravehearts breeze their way through a bluesy Anderson original, the slow-motion R&B grooves, razor-sharp blues guitars and extended organ solos of 'Midnight in Memphis'.
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30-60-90 EP (reissue)
30-60-90 EP (reissue) (white vinyl 7" limited to 250 copies) (1 per customer)
Cat: OGR 798WHITE. Rel: 24 Mar 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Prince Alphonso & The Fever - "30-60-90" (2:18)
  2. Nestor Alvarez - "30-60-90" (3:30)
  3. Brentford Rd Soul Rebels - "30-60-90" (feat Dennis Alcapone) (3:01)
  4. Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts - "30-60-90" (2:42)
Review: Since rapidly appearing in, and disappearing from, record stores last autumn, this four-track EP from producer Neil Anderson's unashamedly revivalist Original Gravity label has become something of an in-demand item - hence this limited-edition, white vinyl reissue. If you missed out first time around, it's well worth checking, in part because it delivers four radically different versions of the same basic track. It begins with a boisterous ska version courtesy of Prince Alphonso and The Fever and ends with a fuzzy, low-slung rhythm & blues interpretation from Curtis Baker & The Bravehearts. In between you'll find a sizzling Latin take by Nestor Alverez and a lolloping roots reggae version by Brentford Road Soul Rebels, featuring toaster-style vocals from Dennis Alcapone.
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Time Is Rocksteady Tight
Time Is Rocksteady Tight (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 797. Rel: 06 Aug 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Time Is Rocksteady Tight (feat PK Brown - take 2) (3:41)
  2. Rocksteady Lockdown (2:35)
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Don't Look Back In Anger
Cat: OGR 800. Rel: 01 Dec 20
Soul
  1. Don't Look Back In Anger (4:47)
  2. Love Is A Treasure (5:40)
Review: 2020 has been a hugely productive year for Neil Anderson, the vintage reggae, ska and soul loving producer behind the Original Gravity label. Here he rounds off the year via a new single from The Regulators, one of the label's most reliable revivalist reggae combos. The headline attraction here is undoubtedly the skanking cover of Oasis's Britpop smash 'Don't Look Back in Anger', which we're sure will annoy Noel Gallagher no end. Built around a rocksteady groove replete with trademark organ sounds and lazy trumpet and trombone solos, it's a cheeky but brilliantly executed cover. Over on the flip they deliver a more faithful cover of Freddie McKay's 1967 rocksteady standard 'Love is a Treasure'. It's good, but sadly lacks the A-side's "wow" factor.
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Don't Look Back In Anger (reissue)
Don't Look Back In Anger (reissue) (white vinyl 7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 800C. Rel: 24 Mar 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. Don't Look Back In Anger
  2. Love Is A Treasure
Review: Second time around for producer Neil Anderson's most recent record as the Regulators, a late 2020 cover version of Oasis' Britpop classic 'Don't Look Back in Anger'. It's a radical but hugely enjoyable reinterpretation, with Anderson and his bandmates re-imagining it as a skanking slab of rocksteady goodness that comes laden with trademark Hammond B3 organ sounds and lazy trumpet and trombone solos. Like it did first time around, this highly limited, white vinyl edition of the releases comes backed with a faithfully fuzzy and soulful cover of Freddie McKay's 1967 rocksteady standard, 'Love is a Treasure'.
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Mek Wi Rukumbine
Cat: OGR 789. Rel: 31 Mar 20
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. The Regulators - "Mek Wi Rukumbine" (2:42)
  2. Brentford Rd Soul Rebels - "It's Alright Now" (feat Dennis Alcapone - version) (2:52)
 in stock $11.52
Reggae Dynamite Vol 1 (reissue)
Reggae Dynamite Vol 1 (reissue) (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OGR 791R. Rel: 15 Mar 21
Reggae Classics/Ska
  1. The Regulators - "Why Why Why?" (2:26)
  2. Woodfield Rd Allstars - "Coast To Coast" (2:53)
  3. Woodfield Rd Allstars - "Soul Flute" (2:53)
  4. Prince Dolly - "Why Dub Why?" (2:30)
Review: Original Gravity is run by label owner Neil Anderson, who has a tireless work ethic and superb devotion to ska, reggae, and everything in between. His love of boss rhythms comes to the fore once more here with new tunes from three pseudonyms - The Regulators, Woodfield Road Allstars and Prince Dolly - all of whom, in actual fact, are him. Regulators cut 'Why Why Why' opens up with a heavy bottom end, "Coast to Coast: has a big organ led groove and 'Why Dub Why' reworks the opening tune into a rocksteady roller. Essential repress this, do not sleep.
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Latin Fever Vol 1
  1. Luchito Rodriguez - "Hey Guajira Baby" (3:10)
  2. Luchito Rodriguez - "Vacilon" (2:17)
  3. Nestor Alvarez - "Lupita" (3:07)
  4. Nestor Alvarez - "Bang The Bongo" (2:52)
Review: The Original Gravity label's latest must-check missive is unusual, featuring as it does four tracks squeezed on to one limited edition seven-inch single. As the title suggests, it's Latin-themed, with two artists (overseen by Welwyn Garden City-based producer Neil Henderson) delivering two sweaty South American funk workouts apiece. Luchito Rodriguez handles side A, delivering the Tito Puente style mambo brilliance of "Hey Guajira Baby" and the insatiable, fienishly fuzzy Latin funk/boogaloo business that is "Vacilon". Over on the flip, Nestor Alvarez first offers up a beefed-up, bass-heavy taken on a familiar mambo favourite ("Lupita"), before sprinting towards heavy Latin funk territory on the insatiable "Bang The Bongo".
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Chills & Fever
Cat: OGR 782. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Funk
  1. Chills & Fever (3:47)
  2. Feelin' Supersonic (3:26)
Played by: Soul Music
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