What? Huh? A new album by the New Age Steppers? We left the New Age behind us a long time ago. What are they still doing here? A little research brings it to light: With the album released today "Avant gardening“It is of course not new material. Rather, here are rare ones Dubs, versions and unreleased tracks gathered from the On .U vault. Date of origin: 1980 - 1983. Warning: We are dealing with some extremely experimental musical assets, for which it spontaneously makes sense why it has remained unpublished until now. On the other hand, from today's perspective it is absolutely amazing to see how avant-garde Mr. Sherwood gardened in the past and what crazy plants he grew. I also vaguely remember the slightly disturbing album "Spaceship Africa" - also by his hand - which was undoubtedly the forefront of the previous one Dub- Vanguard marked. “Avant Gardening” is hot on his heels. Pretty cerebral, but real, die-hard On-U fans (like Lemmi) will of course still have fun with it.
If you want to know exactly: “Aggro Dub-Version "is a version of" Some Love "from the third New Age Steppers album" Foundation Steppers "from 1983. The track was released in 2004 on the Japanese CD reissue. "Send For Me" was recorded on June 12, 1983 at Southern Studios for a previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 John Peel session. "Izalize" was recorded in 1980 and released in 2003 on the Japanese reissue of the Steppers' self-titled debut album. This rhythm also formed the basis for the track "Snakeskin Tracksuit" on the African Head Charge album "Environmental Studies". "Unclear" is one Dub-Version of the track "Guiding Star", which is on the second Steppers album "Action Battlefield". A version of this rhythm also appeared on the album "Threat To Creation" as "Eugenic Device". “Singing Love” is a Jah Woosh DJ cut of “Love Forever”, which was originally part of the 12 ″ discomix that appeared on the back of the “My Love” maxi in 1981 and for the first time in this edited form in Japanese CD reissue of the debut album was re-released in 2003. "I Scream (Rimshot)" was the B-side of the single "My Love" in 1981 (but was not included in any of the later New Age Steppers releases). By the way, the vocals are from Ari-Up. "Avant Gardening" was recorded in 1980 and originally released on the Japanese CD reissue of Steppers' debut album from 2003. "World Wide Version" is a Dub of "My Whole World" from the album "Action Battlefield", recorded in 1981 and originally released on the Japanese reissue in 2004. The clavinet on it was played by Kishi Yamamoto. "Some Dub"Closes the album and is a quite different take on the" Some Love "rhythms recorded during the 1983 sessions for" Foundation Steppers ". Concentrated information - thanks to Discogs.