It's possible to describe The Stepkids' style by adding the word "psychedelic" any of the following genres: jazz, punk, soul, funk, even classical. With a shout-out to the best shape-shifting qualities of Beck's Midnite Vultures, The Stepkids' members take similar inspirations from Parliament, The Beatles, Rufus & Chaka Khan and Cake — and visit them all in a single song.
The band formed in 2009 in Bridgeport, Conn., but its members had already accompanied the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and 50 Cent. As a collective, it boasts that its creative process is equal-opportunity — each musician writes, each musician sings. Hear two tracks from The Stepkids' self-titled debut on today's installment of World Cafe: Next.