New Age Steppers

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New Age Steppers
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresDub,[1] post punk[2]
Years active1980–2012
LabelsOn-U Sound
Associated actsSteve Beresford
Bruce Smith
George Oban
John Waddington
Neneh Cherry
Keith Levene
Bim Sherman
MembersAdrian Sherwood
Mark Stewart
Past membersAri Up (deceased)

New Age Steppers were a dub collective from the United Kingdom, formed by producer Adrian Sherwood and featuring members of various prominent 1970s UK post-punk groups, including Ari Up of the Slits, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, and John Waddington and Bruce Smith of Rip Rig + Panic.[1] Other musicians included associates of Sherwood's On-U Sound label, including George Oban, Style Scott, and Eskimo Fox.[3]

History[edit]

New Age Steppers released the self-titled debut album on On-U Sound in 1980.[4] It was followed by Action Battlefield in 1981.[5] The third album, Foundation Steppers, was released in 1982.[6]

Love Forever, an album of songs which the late Ari Up and Adrian Sherwood had recorded together until the death of Ari Up, was released in 2012.[7]

Style and influences[edit]

John Dougan of Allmusic said, "the sound of the New Age Steppers was that of cut-and-paste dub mixing, psychedelic swirls of found sounds, dissonant aural collages, sinewy reggae riddims, and odd, semi-tuneful vocals."[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The New Age Steppers (1980)
  • Action Battlefield (1981)
  • Foundation Steppers (1982)
  • Love Forever (2012)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Crucial Ninety (1981)
  • Massive Hits Vol. 1 (1994)
  • Trifecta (2011)

Singles[edit]

  • "Fade Away" (1980)
  • "My Love" (1981)
  • "My Nerves (Punk)" (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raymer, Miles (May 2, 2014). "Creation Rebel / New Age Steppers: Threat to Creation". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Karan, Tim (October 21, 2010). "In Memoriam: Ari Up of the Slits". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Dougan, John. "New Age Steppers - Biiography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The New Age Steppers". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Action Battlefield". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  6. ^ Thompson, Deva. "Foundation Steppers". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Love Forever". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  8. ^ Dougan, John. "New Age Steppers - Biiography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014.

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