The Young Punx – MASHitUP
The first single from The Young Punx second album, featuring vocals from Laura Kidd, awesome ravey fidgety mixes from Shir Khan and Goshi Goshi and an insane new video from Han Hoogerbrugge!
The Young Punx; an innovative collective of diverse musicians led by inventive multi-instrumentalist and producer, Hal Ritson, have been building themselves quite a reputation of late. Resisting easy definition by continuing to deliver fresh sounding, first-class electronic music, coupled with a string of hugely popular remixes for the likes of Sonny J, Mighty Dub Katz and Giant Jnr, The Young Punx are becoming one of London’s hottest exports. Drawing on an eclectic fusion of influences – breaks, house, rock, pop and electro – to create a sound loosely coined as “mashpop and punkstep”, they get ready to release their second album in Spring 2009.
MASHitUP is its first single release, a fine slice of quality breakbeat driven electro pop featuring a killer punky vocal from ‘new girl on the block’ Laura Kidd (fresh from touring with Tricky and her collaboration on ‘Automatic’ with Michael Gray, Eye Industries) and staggering shredding guitar licks from The Young Punx’ resident guitar virtuoso, Guthrie Govan. It’s dirty, it’s multi-layered and it’s loud – just the way they like it.
MASHitUP is already creating vibrations across the globe. From performing it live to a rapturous 15,000 strong crowd alongside the Stereophonics in Yokohama Arena, Japan, to featuring it in their inspired DJ set alongside Tiesto at Ibiza super club, Privilege, it’s going down an absolute (electric) storm.
Discerningly keen-eared blog tastemakers have been onto this for some time, sharing and hyping MASHitUP since mixes surfaced 6-weeks ago. Support from key blogspots, such as Discodust, Discobelle, Get Weird and Monster Says Rawr – considered instrumental in unearthing and breaking the hottest of fringe and underground acts – are all marking The Yong Punx as one to watch this year:
“I love the original on this, The Young Punx are bad as fooook, will be playing this :)”
– Micky Slim
Filmed out and about in Old Street, London, and more intimately at Hoxton’s cult ‘Phone in Sick’ night, hosted by Jerry Bouthier, MASHitUP’s video is a visual feast of freakish fun. Cut and animated by renowned Dutch Digital Artist, Han Hoogerbrugge, if you’ve ever wondered what Old St might look like should a troop of bikini-clad clowns invade, take a peek and wonder no more…
Mixes come from the Berlin Battery’s Shir Khan and new MofoHifi signings, Goshi Goshi. Shir Khan is undoubtedly one of the finest German DJ / Producers to have emerged in recent years and underlines exactly why he deserves the hype with this mash-up of electro house style leads, distorted e-guitar solos, baile funk drum rolls and a shuffled groove. All in all a massive record already singled out by Pete Tong for inclusion in his Fast Trax Show – “Totally rocking remix!”
Goshi Goshi lean their mix towards the ‘sound of 2008’ fidget house. With a banging combination of retro rave revivals, dropping basslines and glitchy beats, they deliver a killer peak-time remix.