The Stepkids have always shown huge potential with tracks like “Shadows on Behalf”, full of soul and funk influences complemented by sampling comparable to The Avalanches’ vintage incorporation. With recently released track “The Lottery”, The Stepkids are further solidifying a vintage pop direction, one that’s usually difficult to modernize and attract the attention of younger fans. In its mastery, “The Lottery” treads the line beautifully between lovable nostalgia and cutting-edge production. You gotta love those Hall & Oates-inspired vocal harmonies, smooth as butter with an elaborate backing of vintage brass, synths, and vinyl-laden samples. Steely Dan fans may also be graced with a rare sort of nostalgia, as accurate replicators of their sound come few and far between. It makes me pumped for The Stepkids’ upcoming album Troubadour, which drops on September 10th via Stones Throw Records.
The Stepkids’ jazzy cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” is pretty great, too: