Connecticut-based psych-soul outfit the Stepkids generated a good deal of buzz around the web when it released its “Shadows On Behalf” 12-inch on Stones Throw, back in April. Now, a few short months later, the up-and-coming group has announced a self-titled debut full-length, scheduled for a September 27 release on that same label. If you’ve not yet heard Stepkids, pick up a free mp3 of “Shadows On Behalf,” courtesy of Stones Throw, and prepare to be carried away by smooth, retro harmonies and some of the best bass grooves we’ve heard in a long time.
Along with the album announcement, the group has released the official video for the upbeat, disco-tinged “Wonderfox.” It’s a pretty cool video—you know, lots of trippy, out-of-focus shots of the band and some mannequins, and OH MY GOD, WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING TO THOSE MANNEQUINS’ EYES? Warning: don’t watch past 1:50 if you plan on sleeping in the next week.
If you made it through the video, check out the tracklist for the album, as well as the group’s handful of upcoming live shows below (they’re pretty killer in concert, as evidenced here). Look for additional dates to be announced soon.
Tracklist For The Stepkids:
02. Brain Ninja
03. Suburban Dream
04. Shadows On Behalf
05. Legend In My Own Mind
06. Santos And Ken
07. La La
09. Cup Half Full
Tour Dates For Stepkids:
07/12 Brooklyn, NY – Fort Greene Park (with Antibalas)
07/16 Bridgeport, CT – Bridgeport Arts Festival
08/03 London, UK – Cargo
08/05 Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK – The Big Chill Festival
09/02 Haverford, PA – Haverford College
09/03 Washington, DC – Loop Festival