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New Age Steppers
Stepping Into A New Age 1980 - 2012
On-U Sound
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March 19, 2021


The studio collective centred around the musical partnership of Adrian Sherwood and Ari Up from The Slits, New Age Steppers existed on and off from 1980 to 2012. Notable for bringing together musicians from the post-punk and reggae scenes together, their records feature contributions from members of The Pop Group, The Raincoats, Flying Lizards, Roots Radics, Aswad and Creation Rebel and launching the influential On-U Sound label with their debut album and single.

Including the 3 classic studio albums New Age Steppers - the seminal post-punk/dub release featuring versions of Junior Byles Fade Away with The Slits Ari Up on vocals as well as Vivien Goldman and Mark Stewart. Falling somewhere between a late night studio session at Channel One and the kinds of experimental soundscapes being explored at the time by Industrial Records. Action Battlefield followed in 81’ with more radical interpretations of reggae imports by Bim Sherman, Horace Andy and B.B. Seaton. Peeling back the experimental and revealing their more immediate centre, Action Battlefield finds New Age Steppers open up to the potentialities of pop.

Foundation Steppers arrived in 1983 and marked a sea change in approach, a warmer sounding record than the two thrilling-but-abrasive LPs that had preceded it. Recorded at the legendary Studio One before Ari Up brought the tapes back to the UK for Adrian Sherwood to work on. Expertly produced with a playful and experimental approach toward both genres, Foundation Steppers is a perfect entry point for the uninitiated exploring the punky reggae party.

Also featured here is Love Forever which was released posthumously in 2021 consisting of tunes recorded by legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood and Ari-Up, who sadly passed away two years before its release. The LP sees the collective project deliver some of their tried-and-tested post-punk-dub-reggae amalgams (in particular on the outrageous German-language tongue-in-cheek of ‘The Scheisse Song’) alongside a burgeoning fascination in EDM and dancehall — at least a few years before it went mainstream in the UK in the latter’s case. Updating the London / Jamaica alliance with modern influences of artists treading the same path such as Atari Teenage Riot or Le Tigre. But where the LP gets strangely moving is in the no-nonsense punk rage of ‘My Nerves’, a fitting tribute to the project’s late vocalist which brings the project full circle to its DIY roots.

A new album of rare outtakes and rarities Avant Gardening completes the set, with highlights pulled from the vaults including Atlantic Starr’s Send For Me taken from the 1983 John Peel session and Chaka Khan’s Some Love. It might be trite to call project masterminds Ari-Up and Adrian Sherwood utopian, but if these heyday-spanning cuts prove one thing, they certainly had their eyes seton a promised land.

DISC5 contains one bonus track not on the vinyl version

Digital Tracklist

Disc 1

  1. 1 Fade Away 5:36 Buy
  2. 2 Radial Drill 4:31 Buy
  3. 3 State Assembly 6:20 Buy

    State Assembly

  4. 4 Crazy Dreams And High Ideals 5:45 Buy

    Crazy Dreams And High Ideals

  5. 5 Abderhamane's Demise 3:50 Buy

    Abderhamane's Demise

  6. 6 Animal Space 5:41 Buy
  7. 7 Love Forever 7:25 Buy
  8. 8 Private Armies 4:51 Buy

    Private Armies

Disc 2

  1. 9 My Whole World 5:23 Buy

    My Whole World

  2. 10 Observe Life 5:17 Buy
  3. 11 Got to Get Away 4:53 Buy

    Got to Get Away

  4. 12 My Love 7:03 Buy
  5. 13 Problems 7:35 Buy
  6. 14 Nuclear Zulu 6:23 Buy
  7. 15 Guiding Star 6:30 Buy

Disc 3

  1. 16 Some Love 5:35 Buy
  2. 17 Memories 4:06 Buy
  3. 18 5 Dog Race 3:37 Buy
  4. 19 Misplaced Love 4:30 Buy

    Misplaced Love

  5. 20 Dreamers 4:01 Buy
  6. 21 Stabilizer 4:14 Buy
  7. 22 Stormy Weather 4:50 Buy

    Stormy Weather

  8. 23 Vice Of My Enemies 4:00 Buy

    Vice Of My Enemies

  9. 24 Mandarin 2:47 Buy

Disc 4

  1. 25 Conquer 3:52 Buy
  2. 26 My Nerves 4:56 Buy
  3. 27 Love Me Nights 3:36 Buy

    Love Me Nights

  4. 28 The Scheisse Song 2:59 Buy

    The Scheisse Song

  5. 29 Musical Terrorist 4:15 Buy

    Musical Terrorist

  6. 30 The Fury of Ari 2:53 Buy

    The Fury of Ari

  7. 31 Wounded Animal 4:40 Buy

    Wounded Animal

  8. 32 The Worst Of Me 3:20 Buy

    The Worst Of Me

  9. 33 Revelation 3:50 Buy
  10. 34 The Last Times 4:10 Buy

    The Last Times

Disc 5

  1. 36 Aggro Dub Version 5:55 Buy

    Aggro Dub Version

  2. 37 Send For Me 4:10 Buy
  3. 38 Izalize 4:38 Buy
  4. 39 Unclear 5:03 Buy
  5. 40 Singing Love 5:07 Buy
  6. 41 I Scream (Rimshot) 4:50 Buy

    I Scream (Rimshot)

  7. 42 Avante Gardening 4:06 Buy

    Avante Gardening

  8. 43 Wide World Version 3:56 Buy

    Wide World Version

  9. 44 Some Dub 4:15 Buy
  10. 45 May I Version 6:11 Buy
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