Sunday, 26 February 2012
It's rare for me to post without a link, but my goat has been so badly got I felt I just had to say something.
A new New Age Steppers album has been released, not that too many people would know; but it's an important release, being Ari Up's swan song.
Adrian Sherwood went out to Jamaica to work with Ari, to lay down some final tracks before her illness really got a hold.
The result is Love Forever; a superb album, the best so far this year I think, and a very worthy signing off from one of the most important female artists ever to have worked in music.
I find it ludicrous, as well as incredibly sad, that so-called "serious" newspapers like The Independent promote bollocks like The fucking Ting Tings by awarding their recent album five stars, yet fail to even acknowledge Ari Up's posthumous release.
And it's not just The Independent who are guilty of this obscene omission; I haven't seen a single review of this album anywhere in the mainstream media; neither have I heard any airplay (just goes to show what an enormous void the loss of John Peel created!).
For fuck's sake download it, find it on the torrents, or even better, buy it - hopefully On-U-Sounds are moral enough to make sure Ari's kids gain something from it.
Take it from me - if my opinion is worth anything - it's a great album; one that is well worthy of such a great musician, and a powerful piece of closure to a superb body of work.
If you don't know what the fuck I'm talking about, go here for older Steppers' albums, both with new working links.
'Love Forever' was how Ari used to sign off her letters.
Kind of sums her right up.
For you, Ari: Love Forever.
Thanks for your time.