Fantastic Plastic Machine (FPM), AKA Totoyuki Tanaka is one of the most exciting producers to come out of Japan since the international breakthrough of his friend and regular collaborator Shinichi Osawa (Data / Southern Fried). Building fantastically intricate and fascinating club tracks from insane glitchy edits merging eclectic influences from hard rock to lounge and bossa, FPM delivers a vibrant combination of intelligent production with club attitude. A massive personality with amazing stage presence, FPM is a well established legend in his native Japan, but expect to be hearing much more from him internationally in 2010 / 2011 with the release on MofoHifi of most recent album entitled simply “FPM”.

As a warm up, Fantastic Plastic Machine turns his attention to the most recent single release from The Young Punx “SugarCandySuperNova” giving the electro disco track a deranged glitched rock guitar makeover.

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The Young Punx
Never Die (Polymath Remix)

The Young Punx’ Nu Disco anthem, as supported by the likes of Kissy Sellout gets a glitchy underground disco mayhem reworking by Scotland’s electro disco ones to watch Polymath. Following Radio One support from the likes of Kissy Sellout and Andy George and Jaymo, look out for a hot new Polymath EP on MofoHifi later this year.

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Italian-born wunderkind and producer to watch Phonat follows up his critically acclaimed debut album with the Cockroaches EP, a 4 track slice of underground electronica. Eschewing the temptation to cash in on his album’s tastemaker plaudits with a commercial banger, Phonat remains as original and adept as ever, choosing to paint an introspective and edgy audio picture of his Dalston junction bedsit and club culture environment, perfect for murky nights in and sweaty backroom bassbins.
Cockroaches, Spliff Dub, Intimate Confessions and The Microwave FX are the titles and perhaps they say it all. Dubstep, glitch and french house are the main influences – but created in a unique and totally original way, presenting his own take on the atmosphere of London’s underbelly.
Watch out for guest vocal snippets on “Spliff Dub” provided by one of London’s hottest grime MCs, Dizzee Rascal’s protegee – ‘Footsie’ from the Newham Generals.
Phonat is now back in the studio working on new tracks, so expect more surprises from this constantly fresh young artist later in the year on MofoHifi Records.

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At last Phonat Vinyl is available to buy!!

Side A

1) Set Me Free – Avicii Remix

2) Set Me Free – Extended Mix

Side B

1) Love Hits The Fan

2) It’s For You (N.B – The vinyl is wrongly advertised as B2 being ‘Ho Visto Quadro Verde)


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The Young Punx, a collective of musical miscreants, led by maverick multi-instrumentalist Hal Ritson, have been steadily building a name for themselves over the past couple of years. With remixes for the likes of Autocrats and Mighty Dubcats under their belt, 2010 will see the release of their new album ‘Mashpop & Punkstep’, but ahead of that they’ve pulled together a tasty little Remix EP to whet the appetite…

Heading the EP is Black Noise’s electro crack house take on ‘Ready For The Fight’, which sees the south coast trio throw a heap of Mr Oizo-esque sub bass and beats at the already heavy Count Bass D collaboration. Scene veteran Shinichi Osawa steps up to the plate next turning the guitar driven ‘Rockstar (Understand)’ into a bleep-laden vehicle, destined for the dancefloor.

House man of the moment Riva Starr gives ‘Juice & Gin’ a techy makeover in his own inimitable style, plundering the best synths to create another messy dancefloor affair. Rounding things up is a double hitter of re-workings of ‘MashitUp’ the single released earlier this year to DJ and dancefloor acclaim. Kam Denny takes the electro-pop of the original, adds a tougher edge and builds to a climax which will leave you in no doubt as to how he’s cemented his position as one of Australia’s finest producers and remixers. Fellow Ozzie and young upstart Junior Black completes the set with a vocal-introed mash-up (for want of a better word) punctuated with synths and beeps in all the right places.

With their second longplayer due for imminent release and a double a-side single package coming soon, The Young Punx are now making moves up the ladder and are sure to be coming to a radio station, dancefloor or live venue near you soon…

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The Young Punx are a busy bunch. Remixing, producing and performing have kept them almost constantly busy over the past two years, but somehow they’ve found the time to get back in the studio and finish their own album. ‘Mashpop & Punkstep’ is due for release early next year, but in the meantime the collective drop a double a-side single to whet the appetite…

First up is ‘Simple Pleasures’, featuring vocals from Laura Kidd and Yolanda Quartey, this is a rolling trip of a track, opening with 1970’s influenced punk vocals and ending in d&b toastings. Proof if ever it was needed that a hooky riff, strong bassline and love-based lyrics are a timeless blend.

Meanwhile ‘Like Dat’ is a murkier affair, combining Memphis rap, old school hip hop grooves, rock guitars and a uniquely filthy London bassline, ably ridden by Count Bass D’s commanding flow. An almost improvised gem, the Count’s vocals were the first continuous take, recorded immediately after they had been penned and guitar legend Guthrie Govan’s solo was again a first take, this time with him playing having never heard the track before.

The Young Punx themselves are a fluid collective, in demand as remixers, producers, DJs and a band, they draw on breaks, rock, hip hop, electro and even pop to create their own unique and un-genrefiable sound. A sound that has already seen them release one album to critical acclaim, gaining praise from the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Nightingale and Clash magazine along the way.
With their second longplayer due for imminent release The Young Punx are now making moves up the ladder and are sure to be coming to a radio station, dancefloor or live venue near you soon…

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Phonat gives M8 the low down on his album, audio for the hard of hearing and dealing with looking like Brian May…..

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2 EXCLUSIVE UPFRONT MIXES FROM LONDON’S ELECTRIC ECLECTIC COLLECTIVE THE YOUNG PUNX.

MofoHifi Records is proud to announce 2 mixes of their infectious ragga house party anthem “Juice and Gin” as part of the early club promo for their forthcoming 2nd album “Mashpop and Punkstep”.

Featuring vocals from Bristol’s Yolanda Quartey (who also sang on their 2007 track “You’ve got to…”) the track has already received early support from the likes of David Guetta, BBC Radio 1 (In new DJs we trust), Loose Cannons on Kiss FM and Jason Nevins

The ‘1.5 club mix’ is the original Young Punx demo of the track, taken from The Young Punx Japan–only mini album “1.5”.

Meanwhile on remix duties one of The Young Punx’s favourite producers of the moment, Southern Fried’s Riva Starr, retools the track as an infectious fidgety banger blending Yolanda’s party shouts with his trademark electro rave groove.

The album “Mashpop and punkstep” will be released during 2009 and also includes collaborations with US rappers MC Paul Barman and Count Bass D, including the awesome “Ready for the fight” which has already been featured on several computer games and TV shows including the US coverage of the Superbowl, prior to release.

EARLY DJ SUPPORT:

Andy George (INDWT BBC Radio 1) Played on Radio 1 9th January.

David Guetta – “This is such an interesting sound for me right now. I’m hearing a lot about you. Keep sending me your newest hottest productions”

Michael Gray – “It’s gone on the wallet. Both are great”

Grumm “…a solid club tune! It’ll do the business”

Damian Wilson (CR2 Records) “liking this, will be playing the Dub”

Kid Massive “wicked remix from Riva Starr.. feelin this one!! gonna be dropping this one for sure…”

David Vega (MOS Radio) “Really liking this, sounding great. Will definitely sit well on our playlist.”

Adam Sky (Adamski) “both mixes sound good to me…”

Moussa Clarke “…this is a brilliant tune! Been playing it loads”

Per Q X “Love the track! I played playing it at fabric’s new years day party and the place went mental, also included it twice on the Gutterslut show on push fm.This is massive for me. Also put it as numberone of my list of top tree big tracks for 2009 in Qx magazine.”

Gregor Salto “Nice one! Thanks, Riva Starr on faya!”

Stupid Fresh “More of this stuff please mate! Top notch.”

Breakdown “Like The Riva Starr mixes ”

Mr Cormac “This is killer

Robert Owens “Love it, both mix’s are sure to rock the dance floor, respect”

Paul Emanuel “Love this!”

Mark Picchiotti “Thanks for the track. FANTASTIC! So simple but so effective. It jacks all the bodies on the dancefloor”

Nathan C (The Tastemakers) “Ah mate…. love THAT!! So jackin, groovy and cool
Full support”

D.O.N.S. ‘ I really like the track’

Loose cannons (fader) ‘ “Been loving the Riva Starr dub on
our kiss show…’

Lewis Dene ‘It’s catchy mate…’

Jason Nevins ‘ The track is wicked’

James Blond ‘I’m lovin it, its wicked! defo in my sets this weekend,
9/10, im defo on this’

Glen Future Funk Squad ‘yeah man! very crossover party track’

Calvertron ‘Thanks Mate! Wicked track’

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Continuing the Northern English tradition of legendary Electro Pop, Deltawave present their much anticipated album ‘Discophobia’, a stunning album bridging the gap between dark electro pop hooks and Indie sensibility.

Gaining airplay from XFM and the BBC and bolstered by strong live performances, the band has built up a loyal following in their hometown of York and gained national exposure by supporting Shed Seven on their national Tour.

Not only are Deltawave active on the live circuit but are building a strong following on tastemaker blogs, especially with their cover of Sister Sledge’s “Lost in Music” which was produced for the legendary Buffet Libre ‘Rewind’ Project. The track was one of the top 10 most blogged tracks on elbo.ws for several weeks in 2008.

Fronted by producer/singer/songwriter Andy Firth, Deltawave were discovered on MySpace by the MofoHifi label, who couldn’t believe that they weren’t signed, trekked all the way to York to see them live and signed them on the spot!   MofoHifi has gained a reputation over the past couple of years for developing some of the most promising new electronic talents, including Phonat (“Easily one of the best secret weapon tracks we have heard in some time” – FunkyHouseMusic.com), The Young Punx (“I love The Young Punx. I’m a big fan” – Fatboy Slim) and Goshi Goshi (“Yoyo!! Lock shot is wicked mate, enjoying it a lot!” – Jaymo (Radio 1 INMWT)), and the label is delighted to add Deltawave’s debut album to their catalogue.

Following the release of the ‘Strychnine and Soda’ EP, the debut album ‘Discophobia’ is on release now.


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Inspired by a piece of graffiti found in the Amsterdam red light district, The Young Punx continue their trademark genre defying style creating a track which mashes the best of Wonky Fidget, orchestral disco strings and oldskool Rap.

“I’ve Got Speakers As Big As Your Girl” will appear on their forthcoming second album and also appears on their Japanese release “1.5”.

The Young Punx; 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.

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Take one wayward bootlegger, a damn fine Hammond organ-driven blues rock track and a perky Jack Russell and you have the (unusual) ingredients for one of the most loved tracks of this summer – ‘I’m a Man’.

Originally performed by The Spencer Davies Group and Steve Winwood and recently reintroduced to the public via a singing Jack Russell dog with a confidence crisis in the latest television VW adverts, ‘I’m a Man’ is the kind of track that demands you get funky.

Since the adverts release in early 2008, and its subsequent ban following accusations by concerned dog-hugging Crufts fans that the Jack Russell ‘hero’ may have been in someway mistreated to look nervous, the advert has received unprecedented public interest with over 970,500 hits on Youtube alone!

The VFX Supervisor on the ad shoot, Stephane Allender, was keen to strenuously set the dodgy doggy rumour mill right: “All of the interior shots of him trembling and cowering – those were all reactions he could do on command. Not only were no animals harmed during the making of this film – they weren’t even disconcerted!”

The allusive mash-up artist and bootlegging impresario, Medcab, has achieved a contemporary reworking of ‘I’m a Man’ that lifts the best bits of the original and redefines them for 2008 – we’re talking about a funk-fuelled, party / breaks hybrid track of epic proportions!

Medcab has already received numerous spins on BBC Radio 1 with his cover of ESG’s ‘Dance’ and ‘The Roof Is On Fire’. Supporters include Jo Whiley, Annie Mac, Judge Jules and Chappers & Dave, as well as top Tastemaker DJs such as Tim Sheridan, Seb Fontaine and Andy Gardener (Plump DJs) amongst many others…

When asked about the track Medcab explains, ‘Well, it’s just a phenomenal track. My Girlfriend switched me onto it. Every time it came on the TV she would turn the volume up and sing along – it was basically either put the record out myself or keep listening to her dodgy version of it!’

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Super Mal crashed on to the scene in 2006 with their first production ‘Bigger than big’. It was snapped up by a major label and they found themselves sitting on a top 20 hit! All good, but rather than aim for the charts again James Crompton and Lyndon Coyne took their sound back to the dancefloor, focusing on building their label, Bandito Records. Fast forward to 2008 and they have a catalogue of quality house music, a worldwide fanbase and a reputation for delivering retro arcade videos like no other!

Phonat a.k.a Michele Balduzzi has been seriously turning heads since his move from Florence, Italy to London. His innovative approach to production, creating a uniquely catchy mix of house and electro has seen him described in the press as ‘a hyperactive Daft Punk on happy pills…’

Super Mal and Phonat first linked up when Phonat remixed the Super Mal single ‘Light Years’. The remix was amazing and garnered support from the likes of Pete Tong and Annie Mac on Radio 1. Suitably impressed, Super Mal picked up the phone and ‘Pixelated’ was soon to follow…

‘Pixelated’ delivers a warm, chopped and filtered loop that keeps on building until the cut ‘n’ paste vocal and giant bassline drop in, to create a massive uplifting groove guaranteed to rock any dancefloor. The breakdown strips back into a funky electro loop full of bleeps and squelches before that huge filtered loop is back to test the speakers to their limits

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The single “Your Music is Killing Me”, much like the other songs from the album, is performed without the use of samples. It is clearly the stand-out, head-turning song of the debut album. It features a blistering guitar/vocal hook, gritty vocals and amusing 80s disco strings that will draw even fringe electro-heads deeper into the scene. These guys are on their way to being the hottest act of 2007.

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The Incredible Sound EP is the debut release for Phonat on MofoHifi Records. The label was instantly hooked on Phonat’s fresh sound, a unique genre mashing combination of electro, house and breaks. The label first discovered the humble Italian giant when commissioning remixes for The Young Punx ‘Rockall’, Phonat’s mix proved very popular with the worlds dance elite and received several Radio 1 plays and was also featured on numerous comps, as was his subsequent remix of ‘Fire’. He has since been remixing for DJ Dan and Traffik on Global Underground and recently moved to London to work more closely with UK producers and labels.

‘The incredible Sound EP’ consists of the original and dub of ‘Incredible Sound’ and ‘Sonic’, both written and produced by Phonat.

Watch this space as we feel that Phonat is something very very special.

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Following on from their shipping forecast-sampling cult hit, ‘Rockall’, the new cut ‘You’ve Got To…’ is a swaggering alt. dance anthem destined for radio, and for making them the stars they’re threatening to become. Recorded with live instruments and no samples, the single weaves surf rock guitars, breakbeats, and a ragga vocal from Yolanda Quartey (Bugz In The Attic, Deekline & Wizard), into the latest notch on the bedpost in the mainstream’s love affair with the band.

Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) liked the track so much he asked to remix it for free. In true style, Mr Cook then incorporated the track, ‘Bongo Bong/King Of The Bongo’, by seminal Latin artist, Manu Chao, renowned as the ‘Joe Strummer of Latin Punk’, into his mix. The mix and the original are now tearing up dancefloors thanks to a limited run of promos.

The video to ‘You’ve Got To…’ is by the internationally renowned Dutch animation artist, Han Hoogerbrugge, a fan and collaborator with the band who has built a large cult following on the Internet through bizarre and witty illustrations of his own surreal view of modern life. Within it, the wit and style of The Young Punx comes alive as their pop culture aesthetic takes on a new visual dimension.

Featured on the Fifa ’07 game by EA Games, ‘You’ve Got To…’ follows a host of remixes for the likes of Scissor Sisters, Big Bass, The Similou, Space Cowboy, Norman Cook’s “Mighty Dub Katz”, and Krafty Kuts. Further mixes come from minimal outfit The Dopeheadz and Fembot Funk.

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The Shipping Forecast is one of the UK’s greatest broadcasting institutions. ‘Rockall’ sees The Young Punx irreverently cut it up and recklessly mash a gale force 10 forecast into a rocked up, funky electro monster, forecasting the British Isles to Party. With a string of huge club records and remixes under their belts, The Young Punx are fresh from performing to 25,000 ecstatic Japanese festival goers, and are now threatening to be one of the biggest dance cross over bands of 2007.

Quintessentially English, The Young Punx, aka Hal Ritson and Cameron Sunders, are renowned for splicing pop culture with an attitude not seen since Fatboy Slim and Coldcut, but with a wry sense of irony and a stunning example of how to make original live dance music without samples. ‘Rockall’ sees them go to work on the shipping forecast, read, and now endorsed, by Radio 4 announcer Alan Smith.

“I’ve been on the radio nearly every day for the past 16 years – but this certainly is the first time I have ended up as the vocalist on a dance song! “ says Alan. “The Young Punx made the track without me knowing, but now I have heard it I really like it. It’s quite funny to think that people up and down the country are dancing to my voice”. The record also features virtuoso rock guitarist Guthrie Govan (Guitarist Magazine Guitar player of the Year) on lead guitar and Rob Harris from Jamiroquai on rhythm guitar.

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Digital only pre-release taster from the forthcoming Young Punx album. Bossa Nova gets into a fight with drum and bass!

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