New remix out now on BMKLTSCH Records…
Here’s a one hour guest mix we did for Triple J in Australia and Block FM in Japan. Also this mix was rejected by a leading trendy blog for being “too massive sounding”. I’ll take that. TRACKLIST Hirotaka Kawano – Introduction Kyogi – Not Good Enough The Young Punx – All These Things Are Gone… Read more »
iTunes / Amazon.co.uk / Beatport The Young Punx’ 3rd album “All These Things Are Gone” is an alternately joyous and melancholic journey investigating the themes of the passage of time, and what is accidentally lost from culture in the name of progress. The album is built around the heart of the epic 14 minute title… Read more »
(vimeo version) Kowloon Kickback is a labour of love that I have been working on for 10 years now that I am delighted to have finally finished. It involved us composing, scoring and performing a full 1930s big band swing track recorded entirely on vintage 1930s recording equipment! It’s not the kind of thing you… Read more »
“Kowloon Kickback” is a labour of love I’ve been working on for 10 years now, which has taken so long as it involved writing, scoring and recording a full 1930s swing big band track using all original 1930s recording equipment, which isn’t the easiest thing to do! I’ll write the full story about how this… Read more »
The Young Punx have been working hand-in-hand with Dutch cult artist Han Hoogerbrugge for 7 years now, collaborating on videos, album artwork and live visuals. For The Young Punx’ 3rd album “All These Things Are Gone” due to be released in early 2014, Hoogerbrugge is responding to each of the tracks on the album with a short “ADD Video” lasting around 30 seconds in length. As Hoogerbrugge explains:
“We now live in a world where people only have the attention-span to watch a video online for the first 30 seconds or so, so let’s just make the whole concept work in those 30 seconds.”
“Harlem Breakdown” – the opening track from The Young Punx’ forthcoming 3rd album – is a fierce wall of funk guaranteed to get your stink face on.
In true ‘Punx’ style – mashing up genres and tearing up the production rule book – the act created this track by writing and performing their own take on the virtuoso horn-funk and jazz of 1970s New York. Performed by the punx and their regular live band, the music was recorded entirely on vintage 70s recording equipment for that authentic retro dirt. Then, back at base camp The Young Punx remixed and mashed up their own recording to build a filthy electro stomp like Daft Punk on Tequila and steroids.
London-based The Young Punx return with a 2-track release celebrating their love of all things disco and bass, collaborating with their close friends and kings of the Italian Turbofunk sound, Birdee (Southern Fried) and Reset! (Cheap Thrills, Dim Mak), with GIRLS LIKE DISCO BOYS LIKE BASS’.
A club-ready disco and bass laden teaser for the forthcoming 3rd Young Punx album, the tracks showcase the flamboyant musicianship of The Young Punx whose brass-heavy funk stylings have previously been heard as the disco band in Dizzee Rascal’s “Dirtee Disco”, as well as performing as the live backing band for Dizzee on the BBC Electric Proms and Glastonbury 2011, and in their legendary 2005 makeover of De’Lacy’s ‘Hideaway’.
The Young Punx’ Hal Ritson explains that the release’s title is derived from a tongue in cheek ‘rule of DJing’.
“It all started off as a bit of a joke amongst our DJ pals. The joke being men never go out onto the dancefloor first. But, you play some disco and the girls flock to the floor. Naturally the boys follow on then, and if you went bass heavy, the party would really begin to kick. ‘Girls Like Disco Boys Like Bass’ became code for this pattern! Of course in fact everyone likes both Disco and Bass, so don’t take it too literally!”
Marking the return of The Young Punx after a two year hiatus, Hal Ritson has teamed up with fellow producer, Thomas Gandey AKA Cagedbaby for Loving You Baby. Featuring the immaculate vintage soul vocals of DTale, Loving You Baby delivers a declaration of summer haze and heady nights with a fresh and timeless groove that… Read more »
The Young Punx FM podcast gained legendary status following its launch in 2007. Broadcasting independently from a basement in the old Hit Factory studio in London, the show gained tens of thousands of loyal fans and reputation for anarchy and entertainment. Combining upfront cuts of House, Dance, Disco, Drum and Bass, EDM, Grime and Dubstep… Read more »
We’ve begun adding live footage from our summer tour of Japan to Vimeo now. It’s one of the best video records of what we do and I suggest you check it out!
Most of the tracks on All These Things Are Gone involve a fairly complex premise, and many layers of musical content. Detonate is an unusual example of me going the opposite direction and using the fewest elements I can. In this case the track essentially only consists of three things. 1) A Dutch ambulance, recorded… Read more »
So here I am talking to Music Tech Magazine about how to process live drum recordings to sounds like 60s breaks or 70s disco!
So I’m ABOUT to post loads of incredibly fresh new Young Punx music… But i was just looking on iTunes and saw that this 2006 track is actually one of our best selling tracks ever, and I’d almost forgotten about it myself! It wasn’t on soundcloud so I thought I’d add it for fun. The… Read more »
I’ve always been a massive fan of Italian turbofunk collective Reset!
I usually feel one step removed from what other electronic artists are trying to achieve in their music – like I can admire what they are doing, but always feel like their music belongs in some club that I would never go to, or needs to be experienced on some kind of drug that I don’t take, or confers association with some scene I am not part of.
But when I listen to Reset! I always feel like I am totally on their wavelength and there is a real alignment of values with the more club-centric end of my own music. I hear an honest and unforced love of a party atmosphere, combined with an understanding of funk and groove that
Sometimes its nice to work on a track that you know 100% will never smash it in a club and will never make daytime radio, but you love making it anyway.
In classical music this would probably be called a ‘tone poem’ – a piece of music designed to evoke the mood of moment in time and space. In this case it is the memory of an idyllic train journey through Switzerland that we took a couple of years ago between 2 gigs. We have yodeling folk choirs, clanging bells, semi-ironic ‘euro’ synth sounds, and most of all the intricate fascinating cross rhythms that you get as trains rattle along the rails.
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