New Age Steppers

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 of The Pop Group, Keith Levene of Public Image Ltd, John Waddington and Bruce Smith 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
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

HistoryEdit

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 influencesEdit

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]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

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

Compilation albumsEdit

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

SinglesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Raymer, Miles (May 2, 2014). "Creation Rebel / New Age Steppers: Threat to Creation". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Karan, Tim (October 21, 2010). "In Memoriam: Ari Up of the Slits". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Dougan, John. "New Age Steppers - Biiography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The New Age Steppers". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Action Battlefield". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Thompson, Deva. "Foundation Steppers". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Love Forever". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Dougan, John. "New Age Steppers - Biiography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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