During lockdown I found the free time to go through the BabyStep archives, digging into folders of unfinished, unedited or simply forgotten about pieces. Whilst most were outdated, there were a few that have proven to take the form of a literary phoenix in the ashes. This article certainly feels like one of them, encouraging our readers on what artists to look out for in 2020. I must admit at first I felt uneasy about uploading this piece, in that so much of it was geared ar
Carl Bedford is a walking podcast... I've been on the phone to him for just five minutes and we've discussed his numerous trips to Burning Man, his encounters with Native Americans during an eclipse and his recent set in the Mexican jungles. Whilst carrying a distinctly humble demeanour, Carl is a character whose stories and tone scream adventure. In the short time we've been speaking it becomes increasingly evident that Carl's lust for life and sense of adventure has given h
Up to 10 million key workers and their households can now arrange a coronavirus test either online or through their employer. The initiative will allow all essential workers in England to register for tests on the government's website, if they or a family member have virus symptoms. Health Secretary Matt Hancock noted how the expansion of the testing programme was "part of getting Britain back on her feet". .Thursday's figures showed 23,560 tests were carried out, though Mr H
Following the release of the new album Jungle Run and their current ongoing tour, we spoke to Leeds-born and London-based 10-piece collective Nubiyan Twist about influences, Brexit, and the roots and future of the group. Their eclectic and genre-transcending sound draws on a number of genres including (but not limited to) jazz, soul, afrobeat, reggae, hip-hop and dance music. Finn Booth, drummer of the collective, answers our questions... How did the group form?
We met as s
Benjavisa Ruangvaree Let’s face it, there’s been a spark in discussions and articles about how the UK government is responding poorly to Covid-19. And whilst this piece may fall under that category, I hope that it’ll do more than that – perhaps offer a slightly different perspective and a look at the longer-term impacts of lockdown. Catastrophically, to date over 180,000 people globally have reportedly died as a result of this pandemic – a figure that will continue to rise. F
Kieran Hebden has make been making fruitful use of his new found free time during lockdown, sharing a new playlist on Spotfiy that features over 500 tracks he’s worked on. The playlist includes all of Four Tet’s, aka Kieran Hebden, own productions, minus his first album under the Four Tet moniker, it also features tracks he’s remixed, engineered, performed on or otherwise helped create. You can listen to the playlist on Spotify, featuring recent work with Ellie Goulding from
The Mouse Outfit are a household name, synonymous with the all to familiar resurgence of British hip-hop. The Mancunian collective push a unique sound of classic hip-hop breaks, met with pungent lyrics that yield a beautifully boisterous sound. The collective have been particularly embraced by the festival faithful, particularly at festivals like Boomtown where thousands of baggy-trousered philantrophists flocked to the main stage for their fix of dance-floor satisfaction. We
One of the most significant advancements in technology over the last 20 years has been the development of the mobile phone. Indispensable for anyone in the developing world, the mobile has been a beacon for connecting people this century. They provide people with the instant ability to create a dialogue with anyone in the world via handheld, tiny portable device. Mobile phones are increasingly becoming a huge part of a people’s lives now, shaping how we interact with each oth
Gorillaz have dropped the third installment to their 2020 video series Song Machine: Season 1, with their new track Aries. Collaborating with New Order legend Peter Hook and synthpop producer Georgia, Aries details the “highly impatient and competitive” star sign, in which “many have the fighting spirit of [a] mythological ruler” (as described by Gorillaz guitarist Noodle). Aries was released on April 9th, following from the first two episodes Désolé (featuring Fatoumata Diaw
During the past month, Coronavirus has shifted the very way in which we live our lives.
Never before has Britain ordered its shops, theatres, cinemas and (god forbid) pubs to be
closed. In this time of great uncertainty, when the country feels like it’s in a poorly made
episode of Black Mirror, we have all packed up our sociable busy lives and moved inside:
Skype calls for work meetings, exams taken online, virtual dates and drinks with friends. As
well as proving to us