New Age Steppers

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New Age Steppers
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Dub,[1] post punk[2]
Years active 1980–2012
Labels On-U Sound
Associated acts Steve Beresford
Bruce Smith
George Oban
John Waddington
Neneh Cherry
Keith Levene
Bim Sherman
Members Adrian Sherwood
Mark Stewart
Past members Ari Up (deceased)

New Age Steppers were a dub group from the United Kingdom.[1]


New Age Steppers released the self-titled debut album on On-U Sound in 1980.[3] It was followed by Action Battlefield in 1981.[4] The third album, Foundation Steppers, was released in 1982.[5]

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.[6]

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."[7]


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)


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


  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. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The New Age Steppers". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Action Battlefield". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Deva. "Foundation Steppers". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Love Forever". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Dougan, John. "New Age Steppers - Biiography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 

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