New Age Steppers

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New Age Steppers
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresDub,[1] post punk[2]
Years active1980–2012
LabelsOn-U Sound
Associated actsThe Pop Group
Rip Rig + Panic
The Slits
Roots Radics
Dub Syndicate
The Raincoats
Public Image Ltd
Cowboys International
The Morwells
African Head Charge
The Flying Lizards
MembersAdrian Sherwood
Mark Stewart
Past membersAri Up
Steve Beresford
Bruce Smith
George Oban
Viv Albertine
Vivien Goldman
John Waddington
Style Scott
Eskimo Fox
Jarrett Tomlinson
Kishi Yamamoto
Neneh Cherry
Keith Levene
Bim Sherman
Vicky Aspinall
Sean Oliver
Antonio Phillips
Dan Sheals
Stephen "Shooz" New
Errol Holt
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont
Michael "Bami" Rose
Nick Plytas
Peter Stroud
Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie
Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah
Vin Gordon

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 and Viv Albertine of the Slits, Mark Stewart and Bruce Smith of The Pop Group, Keith Levene of Public Image Ltd, John Waddington of Rip Rig + Panic, and Vicky Aspinall of The Raincoats.[1] Other musicians included associates of Sherwood's On-U Sound label, including George Oban, Style Scott, and Eskimo Fox.[3]


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]


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)
  • Stepping into a New Age Box Set (2021)


  • "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. ^ 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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