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 (http://www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/thestepkids/the-stepkids-direct-to-disc), 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” http://bit.ly/gQa84Q