Though countless artists have sought to “bring hip-hop back to its roots,” no mainstream act has been able to embody the genre’s late-80’s sound… until now. Eight New York City youngsters (Sur Fresh-A-Lot, Ms. Phenomenon, Kool Kidd, Lucky, Skytell 88, Joe Ski, Ill Will, and J-Smooth), ranging in age from 18 to 22, have come together to form the Retro Kidz. One listen to their debut single, New Era, and you might suspect that the group was recently thawed out after spending 18 years cryogenically frozen. Their secret? Re-live the hip-hop culture on a daily basis. It’s worth noting, however, that all producer Armand Van Helden did on the track was snatch up the bassline from Snap!’s urban-electronic pop smash, The Power. For more old-school sounds with new-school appeal, hop into the DeLorean and take a ride Back to the Future this fall.