“The Young Punx are credible dance music provocateurs in the manner of the KLF” – Billboard
The Young Punx is the mashed up electronica side project of multi-Grammy-winning multi-platinum dance producer Hal Ritson who has worked on about a 1000 other tracks that you have actually heard of. Born in 2003 out of London’s vibrant underground mashup, bootleg and breakbeat scenes The Young Punx continue to celebrate and subvert the dance music form in their own world where the norms of house, jungle, hip hop and breaks are disrupted by a seemingly random sound-clash of genre mashes and pop culture incursions.
The Young Punx have always been running the opposite direction in a parallel world where an electro house track can feature both a rap made from the shipping forecast and a shred metal guitar solo (Rockall); a disco house remix of an annoying TV advert can end up 25 to 1 for Christmas number one (Got Your Number), an internet collab with one of the world’s leading indie rappers can create the boxing anthem for a generation (Ready For The Fight), they can join forces with Amanda Palmer and Peaches for an ode to female body hair (Map Of Tasmania); or throwaway tracks can sit side by side with a deeply moving 15 minute exploration of the ennui of loss and the passage of time (All These Things Are Gone). The Young Punx make no sense at all and are pretty much cool with that.
The Young Punx visual presentation is created by esteemed Dutch multimedia artist Han Hoogerbrugge whose surreal cast of hand-drawn and cgi-animated characters front the act’s artwork and form part of his own exhibited work.
The Young Punx FM podcast, offering a trademark mixture of eclectic dance music and drunken banter, has been running since 2007 with tens of thousands of regular listeners worldwide.In 2020 The Young Punx released a retrospective Best Of 2004 – 2014 on CD and Digital, and in 2021 release their 4th full studio album, Hollywood Kiss.
“Breaks, pop, disco, drum & bass, opera and surf are all thrown in to create a giddying bombardment that doesn’t let up once throughout… a good-time party soundtrack ” – IDJ
“The Young Punx are redefining musical cool” – EQ Magazine
“Electronic authority The Young Punx is as conceptual as it is joyous and radio-friendly.” – Culture Or Trash
“Sheer Balearic heaven, managing to perfectly capture that 6am feeling on the White Island … with their irreverence shining through with each percussive snap and sundown note.” – Clash
“Their boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm shines throughout with an underlying organic live feel that’s perfect for that party atmosphere.” – Mixmag