- On-U Sound
The third New Age Steppers arrived in 1983 and marked a sea change in approach, a warmer sounding record than the two thrilling-but-abrasive LPs that had preceded it.
Part of this was down to frontwoman Ari Up moving to Jamaica and instigating proceedings with a session at the legendary Channel One with Style Scott and a JA horn section, before bringing the tapes back to London for Adrian Sherwood to work on. The other big factor was bringing in Bim Sherman to step up to the mic on several tracks, after interpreting some of his material on the previous albums. His distinctive croon works as the perfect foil to Ari’s own vocal takes, and the resulting album is perhaps the closest the collective got to laying down an album that is identifiably roots reggae, albeit still breaking tradition with colourful synth tones and a post-punk production sensibility.
released January 1, 1983
Drums - Style Scott
Percussion - Bonjo I
Electric Percussion - Eskimo
Lead Vocals - Ari - Bim Sherman
Harmonies - Cooper - Jay - Bim Sherman - Eskimo - Joseph - Sis Judah - Ari
Bass - Crucial Tony - Errol Flabba Holt - George Oban
Lead Guitar - Dwight - Crucial Tony - Derek
Rhythm Guitar - Crucial Tony - Bingy Bunny
Piano - Bubblers - Steely
Synth / Organ - Bubblers - Kishi - Nick Plytas - Doctor Pablo
Horns - Vin Gordon - Bammy
Chinese Lute - Kishi
Produced by Adrian Sherwood & New Age Steppers
Recorded at Berry Street Studio, London E.C.1,
Channel One, Jamaica and Southern Studios, London N.22
Overdubbed & mixed at Berry St. and Southern Studios
Mastered at Utopia by Kevin Metcalfe
Tracks 1 & 7 - Recorded in Jamaica in early 1982.
Special thanks to Scotty & Roots Radics.
Cover Design & Photography by Kishi