Steppas Records presents Rooted & Grounded, the debut album from Alpha Steppa. The son and nephew of UK dub pioneers Alpha & Omega (Greensleeves/VP), Alpha Steppa has been surrounded by soundsystem and dubplate culture from a young age. Now a talented producer in his own right, his productions connect the dots between the music which he has grown up around and the new generation of UK bass music of which he is a part. His dubbed out style draws upon the sounds of his musical heritage, filtered through an exploration of the newer sounds of contemporary bass music. Alpha Steppa was born into a climate of dub, when he first opened his eyes and ears in the late 1980’s he witnessed a family submerged in dub reggae music, his dad made dub, his auntie made dub, his uncle made dub and his mum listened to dub in the kitchen. 28 years later, Rooted & Grounded stands testament to a life spent in dub and tells the story of Alpha Steppa. Diverse and forward thinking dub music with a deep roots foundation. Currently championed by a range of soundsystems from across the bass music spectrum; from Roots veterans Channel One Soundsystem, to UK Steppers pioneers Iration Steppas to Dubstep originator V.I.V.E.K.
Dub Dynasty aka Alpha & Omega Meets Alpha Steppa’s much anticipated second album. Dub Dynasty’s 2013 debut ‘Unrelenting Force’ received critical acclaim with support from media platforms such as Q Magazine, Mixmag, Wire, BBC and Rinse FM to name a few. Dub Dynasty once again deliver an international line-up featuring vocalists and instrumentalists from around the globe; UK, USA, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Suriname. With diverse contributions ranging from the soulful vocals of Wellette Seyon, Cian Finn and Prince David, to the militant chants of N’goni and Ras Tinny, traversing the enchanting flute melodies of Don Fe to the spoken word teachings of internationally recognised spiritual guru Mooji. This album is a musical journey to be experienced both at home and at soundsystem sessions across the globe. -steppas.com
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UK dub heavyweights since the 1980′s Alpha & Omega are amongst the earliest of the UK dub and reggae pioneers. With releases on the legendary Greensleeves label and their own Alpha & Omega records they played a vital role in the global rise of reggae music and soundsystem culture. Steppas Records presents a very unique A&O release: It’s not a re-issue, it’s not a re-press, it’s not a compilation: it’s ‘The Half That’s Never Been Told’, an unreleased ‘lost’ Alpha & Omega LP produced between 1989 and 1995, painstakingly remastered and featuring original A&O artwork, coming early 2014. – steppas.com