A loose studio collective centred around the musical partnership of producer Adrian Sherwood and Ari Up from Slits, New Age Steppers existed on and off from 1980 to 2012.
Notable for bringing together musicians from the post-punk and reggae scenes together, their records feature contributions from members of Aswad, Creation Rebel, Flying Lizards, PiL, The Pop Group, Raincoats and Roots Radics.
This reissue campaign features their classic studio albums — New Age Steppers, Action Battlefield and Foundation Steppers — on vinyl for the first time since the early 80s and the 2012 album Love Forever on vinyl for the first time.
New sleevenotes by Oli Warwick featuring interviews with Adrian Sherwood and other key players.
New Age Steppers launched the influential On-U Sound label with their debut album and single, and it's fitting to reissue these brilliant records as On-U Sound celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021.
Outtakes, rare dubs, rarities, unreleased tracks and version excursions from the vault 1980 — 1983.
On-U Sound add another treat to their expansive discography reissue campaign of the band who kicked off the label in the first place. Avant Gardening collects the outtakes and rarities of inimitable post-punk dub reggae crossover legends New Age Steppers, and throughout its runtime, you can almost feel the shape of genres morphing into a synchronous whole. Avant Gardening shows that the remarkable post-punk dub reggae of New Age Steppers knew no bounds.
An essential set for collectors of post-punk, dub and other outernational sounds.