They were to go on to produce one further set for On-U, s swansong "Foundation Steppers", by which time Bim Sherman had more fully entered the scene and was taking the lion s share of the album s vocal credits. In reggae terms it could have been presented as a showcase album in the sense that most of the tracks are vocals extended into a dub version - in Jamaica this would have been a thirteen or fourteen track album rather than seven, albeit lengthy, cuts - all a matter of value for money of course!
Ari Up takes the majority of the vocal duties and proceeds to warble and scream in her inimitable fashion through the set s opener with a version of a tune that is now recognised as a classic - Bim Sherman s "My Whole World" originally cut by the singer in the seventies and re-versioned in the nineties for his wonderful "Miracle" album. The strangest track on the album is undoubtedly the bizarrely constructed "My Love" a take on a track written by one time Gaylad B.
The production may very well have been crafted for the young vocalist who takes the lead - Neneh Cherry, but what can only be described as a jolly, off-key doo wop is gratefully relieved by the gentle entry of the dub! Here, a chugging, insistent treatment allows Sherwood still with hair on the album cover!
This standard provides one of the most enduring rhythm beds of the genre and is perhaps now best remembered via the late Augustus Pablo s wonderful melodica version. New Age Steppers. On-U Sound. Previous Play Pause Next. Loading: Playback error. Discovered in a dusty corner of the On-U tape archive, this unreleased recording is presented for the first time on this album. Tags alternative dub experimental industrial post-punk United Kingdom.
So hard to pick a favorite track Lachie McGuckian go to album. Bandcamp Album of the Day Oct 18, go to album. On Bandcamp Radio. Featuring guests Duval Timothy and Liv. Purchasable with gift card. My Whole World Observe Life Got to Get Away My Love Problems Nuclear Zulu The Pop Group's Mark Stewart pipes in with "Crazy Dreams and High Ideals," a winding, warping dub composition filled with random surges of snare drums, searing, trebly effects, and crazy vocal tricks -- Stewart seems to be yelping from the bottom of a well one moment, and then suddenly you'll feel as if you need to wipe his spittle off your ear.
Ari Up's relaxed vocals highlight some of the album's most song-based material; both "Love Forever" and the aforementioned "Fade Away" feature galloping pianos and thick, rhythmic bases that Up merely sails along with. The remainder of the record is comprised of instrumentals that throw all sorts of manipulations and funhouse oddities into the mix.