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Monthly Line-Up List: Easter 18'

Spring is finally upon us… It’s been a long winter of having to come home from nights out in the freezing cold but April is the month where that all begins to change. As the weather heats up in April, so to do the line-up’s. Enjoy! April 1st: Community w/ MCDE, Kamaal Williams and the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra @Albert Hall, Manchester https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1065943 The 2,500 capacity former chapel plays host to Manchester promoter Community’s 11th birthday celebrations. It plays host to 8 hours of live jazz, funk, soul and afrobeats from the renowned MCDE, Kamaal Williams, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Rahaan and Henry Wu. Set to be a very special night! April 1st: Flo

At The Front for The Magic Gang and Our Girl

As the sun finally emerges from under the grey clouds of Leeds, The Magic Gang graced Church to bless our ears with their feel-good-feel-everything tunes. Support came from phenomenal trio Our Girl, who deserve to play to a sold-out crowd every night. Our photographer and music editor Meg Firth was there to capture the Magic. Our Girl The Magic Gang Images by Meg Firth #TheMagicGang #OurGirl #BabyStepMagazine

Top 10: Tame Impala

Above: Kevin Parker Photo credit:Brooklyn Magazine Tame Impala was created by Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker in 2007, when he set out to create a psychedelic rock act. Initially Tame Impala was only a home based recording project for Parker, who is responsible for all writing, recording and production of the music affiliated with Tame Impala. Yet after releasing a number of the tracks on MySpace, mass interest from record companies began to circulate around his project, which led to Parker being snapped up by Modular Records in the summer of 2008. He didn't sit on the success of being signed however, instead setting himself the task of transferring his recordings into a live s

Blueprint: I'll House You by The Jungle Brothers

The Jungle Brothers are an American hip hop group, originating from New York. They began to perform in the mid-1980's, releasing their debut Straight Out the Jungle in 1988. The group made a name for themselves by laying down classic beats, matched with Afrocentric lyrics. They were the founding members of The Native Tongues Collective, and attended school with the members of A Tribe Called Quest. One of the last tracks on their debut album was 'I'll House You' , in which The Jungle Brothers pioneered the fusion of House and Hip-hop. The hit track made them the first Hip-hop group to use a house-music producer(Todd Terry). The track is still played in clubs today, because of it's endless fl

Shape the Future by Nightmares on Wax

Hailing from Leeds, producer, DJ and ‘spiritual conductor’ George Evelyn shows us once again that we really can ‘Shape the Future’ with the past. Nearly thirty years after under their very first release under their very first label, Nightmares on Wax’s collates all the distinct sounds from the N.O.W catalogue, infused with dub, hip hop and down-tempo grooves. With a recognition of the diverse fan base that shapes N.O.W’s identity, it comes with no surprise the sounds that shape the album promote the warmth of both familiarity and surprise. Evelyn himself dissects the undercurrent theme of the album in an interview with Marko Kutlesa as “waking up to the realisation of your relationship to th

Music Streaming: The Downfall or The Salvation of Aspiring Artists?

Playlists: Spotify allows you to browse music through a system of pre-made playlists The last 20 years has witnessed a steep a surge in the use of technology in music, causing a continually shifting business environment for musicians. With 30 million people currently paying for a monthly Spotify subscription, and a further 221 million people estimated to be using streaming services worldwide by 2020, it is clear that a new age of music consumption in upon us; and there are mixed opinions in the music industry. Before the development of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, music was able to be treated as a tangible commodity that largely existed in the physical forms of vinyl r

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BABYSTEP MAGAZINE Est. 2017