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The Stepkids

Conneticut’s Stepkids are about to release their self-titled debut album on Stone’s Throw, and it is perfect summer listening. Mixing old-skool funk and psych-soul with easy-listening influences and a modern crate-digger’s magpie sensibilities, the results are pretty much what you’d expect from a Stone’s Throw release, if a little more far-reaching. With nods to ’70 West Coast jazz-folk and Afrobeat, the album recalls, at various points, the Free Association, the Meters, Sly & The Family Stone, Madlib and even Swim-era Caribou, and already sounds vintage. The group have just put a limited edition live LP, Direct To Disc, up for sale on the label’s website (, and you can view footage of them performing non-album track “Sweet Salvation” via the link above. The album proper is out September 26th.

Listen: “Shadows On Behalf”


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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