Harlem Breakdown (teaser clip)

AAArg! I can’t wait to release this, but we have to finish the rest of the album first… So here is a short clip to keep you going. For Harlem Breakdown i wanted to revisit the filthy and complex horn funk of the 70s New York scene, led by the likes of the Brecker Brothers. Let’s be frank – the disco sound itself has been mined pretty heavily by dance music, but this more jazz focused complex sound has been pretty much left alone, at least by the mainstream. Though the ghost of Skunk Funk certainly lives on in the horn voicings we wrote this track from scratch, and got together a superb live band based on the same Young Punx punx live band we put together to back Dizzee Rascal at the BBC electric Proms in 2009, with the Brothers Ignatious horn section, Guthrie Govan on guitar and bass, Alex Reeves on drums and strings from the Heritage Orchestra. I even sneak in one of my trademark distorted keyboard solos using the JD800 patch that also featured in The Prodigy’s ‘Voodoo People’ – a classic early 90s sound I also used to use for harmonizing Guthrie Govan’s guitar parts when i was playing in HIS band back then.

We recorded all the instruments on vintage equipment using vintage recording techniques to keep it raw and organic, then mashed it all up in logic later.

No it doesn’t have anything to do with the Harlem Shake… We finished this track before the Harlem Shake was released. It’s just a mildly annoying naming co-incidence.

Anyway – its 10 tons of funk, and I can’t wait to release it later in 2013, but here’s an advanced snippet!

Or why not just learn to play it yourself using the sheet music! The Young Punx – Harlem Breakdown Leadsheet