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New Age Steppers, contracted by On-U Sound, were a collective of musicians which varied over time. The overriding sound was a heavy and chaotic dub, with an underpinning bass guitar, and substantial use of samples, often from other On-U Sound creations.
Their first release, the eponymously titled album, New Age Steppers, was the first LP to be released on On-U Sound, and as such is an important landmark for the label, and a seminal work in dub reggae.
Personnel[edit source | edit]Edit
Among the known personnel of the New Age Steppers were Bim Sherman, George Oban, Ari Up (of The Slits), Steve Beresford, Mark Stewart (of The Pop Group and later Mark Stewart and the Mafia), and a young Neneh Cherry, also associated at the time with Rip Rig + Panic. Bruce Smith and Keith Levene have also made contributions to the collective. Vivien Goldman, at the time a journalist with the NME, provides vocals on "Private Armies".
Discography[edit source | edit]Edit
New Age Steppers (1980)[edit source | edit]Edit
- Fade Away
- Radial Drill
- State Assembly
- Crazy Dreams And High Ideals
- Abderhamane's Demise
- Animal Space
- Love Forever
- Private Armies
- Izalize (only on 2004 re-release)
- May I (only on 2004 re-release)
- Avante Gardening (only on 2004 re-release)
- Singing Love (only on 2004 re-release)
Action Battlefield (1981)[edit source | edit]Edit
- My Whole World
- Observe Life
- Got To Get Away
- My Love
- Problems Pts 1 and 2
- Nuclear Zulu
- Guiding Star
- Wide World Version
Foundation Steppers (1982)[edit source | edit]Edit
- Some Love
- 5 Dog Race
- Misplaced Love
- Stormy Weather
- Vice Of My Enemies
- Aggro Dub Version
- Strong Foundation
Love Forever (2012)[edit source | edit]Edit
- My Nerves
- Love Me Night
- The Scheisse Song
- Musical Terrorist
- The Fury Of Ari
- Wounded Animal
- The Worst Of Me
- The Last Times
- Death Of Trees
Various singles and compilations were also released.