Boomkat Product Review:
*Reissue of the classic first release on On-U Sound, first released in 1981 and featuring members of The Slits, The Roots Radics, The Pop Group, Rip, Rig and Panic and Aswad* "This re-issue of the very first album released by On-U Sound marks a fitting start to the planned series of releases to celebrate the label's 30th Anniversary. 1981's eponymous debut by post-punk "supergroup" The New Age Steppers provided a fertile breeding ground for the cross-pollenation of punk experimentation and dub sensibilities, and mapped out the innovative and culturally exciting musical territory for which On-U Sound would become legendary. Over the course of four albums that featured members of The Slits, The Roots Radics, The Pop Group, Rip, Rig and Panic and Aswad, The New Age Steppers were not so much a band as a loosely knit collective of musicians from some of Britain's best avant-garde post-punk/funk bands. Cut-and-paste dub mixing, heady psychedelic swirls, adventurous sound collages, robust reggae rhythms, and spiralling, off-centre vocals all contributed to the unique music created by Adrian Sherwood and his Steppers. Their sound was among the most exhilarating and consistently challenging to come out of Britain during the early post-punk era. Originally released as ON-U LP1 in 1981, this new edition includes four bonus tracks previously unreleased outside Japan. Personnel includes Viv Albertine, Mark Stewart, Ari Up, Crucial Tony, John Waddington, Steve Beresford, and Style "