A triumphant collaboration, the track blends the group’s London electronica with the vocal talents of Memphis-based, indie hip-hop don Count Bass D.
Despite radically different musical and cultural backgrounds both artists have developed a great respect for each other’s work and come together to create a unique and moving track. Seamlessly combining the best of post Daft Punk, European dance production with big room hip-hop vibes, in a moving tale of resolve and determination in the face of great adversity. Read more

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The Young Punx are delighted to announce the availability of The Young Punx branded skis from esteemed Austrian Ski manufacturer Kneissl. Featuring custom artwork specially designed by cult Dutch illustrator Han Hoogerbrugge these unique limited edition skis are sure to set you apart on the slopes:

The Young Punx Kneissl Skis


[Deutsche] This is the combination of Kneissl’s top GS and top SL ski with a slightly broader waist for an extra boost in powder conditions. The perfect ski for a big variety of conditions, it is fast, it is smooth, it holds a perfect line and makes you feel safe while going on high speed down the track – the perfect all-around ski for skiing enthusiasts.

Race / Sport: 20% / 80%
On / Off Piste: 75% / 25%

Technical Information

- Sandwich-sidewall-technology
- Full woodcore ash/poplar
- Titanal/triaxial fiber glass belts
- ABS sidewalls
- Nano graphit racing base
- Racing-edge

Available length [cm]: radius [m] sidecut (front / mid / tail)
158 cm 14 113 / 68 / 96
168 cm 16 113 / 68 / 96

The Skis are available direct from:

Kneissl Sport Shop
Ladestrasse 2-10
6330 Kufstein

To purchase online email: theyoungpunx@kneissl.com

Tel: +43 (0) 5372 6990 240

The Skis cost € 699, without bindings.

For further information visit www.kneissl.com

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On Saturday 23rd January, the world’s leading music industry conference, MIDEM, was kicked off by a panel discussion with MofoHifi co-founder, Hal Ritson of The Young Punx and Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls discussing the artist’s perspective on new models for the promotion of music in the digital economy. Other speakers following included Pharrell, Ed O’Brian of Radiohead and Fallout Boy.

There has been a lot of press coverage of the event, but here are a couple of examples :

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Hal Ritson and Amanda Palmer at MIDEM

Hal Ritson and Amanda Palmer at MIDEM 2010

Artists are getting in early with their views on digital music innovation this MidemNet – the opening panel on day one features Amanda Palmer (centre, of Dresden Dolls and now solo fame) and Hal Ritson from The Young Punx (left)… It also made history as the first ever MidemNet session to kick off with a ukulele cover of Radiohead’s Creep (Palmer), interpretive dance (Ritson) and a sock puppet (representing Paul Van Dyk).

Ritson talked about his own online activities, saying an artist has to do three things nowadays: first, get people to listen to the music; second, get some emotional contact with them; and third, find a revenue stream from somewhere.

“We’ve totally embraced the point that writers of music blogs are totally taking over as the new tastemakers of music,” he said. So Ritson looks at blogs giving away free music not as a threat, but as the modern equivalent of radio promo. “You’re getting people to hear your music,” he said.
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Watch Han Hoogerbrugge’s video for The Young Punx and Count Bass D’s epic collaboration.

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“It’s been described as an Acid House Bohemian Rhapsody, it takes in 25 styles during it’s course, I like it” – Rob da Bank on BBC Radio 1

“This guy F**ks with all the rules” – Norman Cook

“Learn to Recycle is six minutes of utterly unique music” – IDJ

“Phonat has frequently stunned us with his none-more-innovative productions over the last few years, coming across like a hyperactive Daft Punk on happy pills…… By the end, you’re exhausted, perplexed, flabbergasted, and left with the feeling that all other music is boring, unimaginative, repetitive trash. Wow. 10/10″ – Data Transmission

Unique, innovative, rule breaking, genre-spanning….just a few of the plaudits that have been used to describe the works of Phonat, the seven foot mop-haired Italian who’s been catching the ears and attention of the ever intangible ‘tastemaking set’ over the past few months.

Annie Mac, Annie Nightingale, Andy George, Rob da Bank and Pete Tong have all been championing the producer since last year, when singles ‘Incredible Sound’, ‘Ghetto Burning’ and ‘Learn To Recycle’ marked him as one to watch for 2009 and beyond. Now readying the release of his eponymous debut album, Phonat has created a panoply of chopped up riffs swirled around murky basslines, a world where guitar-driven dancefloor fillers meet bleep-filled fantasies for fun, friendship and possibly more.

Originally from Florence, Italy, Phonat (aka Michele Balduzzi) was first spotted by MofoHifi Records on MySpace and they were so impressed with the 21 year old that the loving label bosses persuaded him to leave his parents’ idyllic country farm in Florence and move to a bed sit in Canning Town. Armed only with a five-year-old computer and an electric guitar Phonat dutifully relocated to London in late 2007 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Drawing on every vein of dance music, from hip hop to house, garage to breaks Phonat’s expert use of a vocal hook is also evident, most noticeably on the Yolanda vocalled ‘Ghetto Burning’ and next single ‘Set Me Free’ – where classic 80s style rock vocals sit atop a stacatto-synthed stomper.

Phonat may have arrived on the scene late last year, but with DJ bookings and remix requests coming in from across the world and his album ready to hit the streets, 2009 is set to be an busy year for the big Italian.

‘Phonat’ by Phonat is released on MofoHifi Records on September 21st. ‘Set Me Free EP’, featuring remixes from Avicci, Louis La Roche and High Rankin was out August 24th.


1. A Warm Welcome
2. Get Down My Dirty Street
3. Set Me Free
4. Ghetto Burnin’
5. Love Hits The Fan
6. Ho Visto Un Quadro Verde
7. It’s For You
8. Learn To Recycle
9. The Big Deal
10. Zombie Army
11. Bad Boy
12. London

Available at all major sellers.

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(from the BBC web site)

From the teenage grime producer who pored over the pages of heavy metal weekly Kerrang and sampled Japanese chamber music, to the pop star Jeremy Paxman calls ‘Mr. Rascal’ when soliciting his views on US president Barack Obama, Dylan Mills AKA Dizzee Rascal likes confounding expectations.

In 2003, his radical debut album Boy in da Corner scooped the Mercury Prize. He’s since redefined UK urban music with a trademark style which blends raw street lyricism with radio friendly melody and draws as easily from grime as hip hop, R&B or pop music.

In the last 12 months, Dizzee hooked up with producers Calvin Harris and Armand Van Helden for an untouchable trio of electro-grime anthems – Dance Wiv Me, Bonkers and Holiday. All three UK number one singles feature on upcoming fourth album Tongue N’ Cheek – a recession-beating collection of upbeat party bangers. Enjoying his recent reinvention as a pop star, Dizzee is now in a place where he has artistic free rein; “I don’t know what people think I am now, and that’s good, because it means I can do whatever I want”.

Continuing to confound expectations, for BBC Electric Proms Dizzee Rascal delivers his first ever full length live show with a band, horns and string section. Dizzee is joined by Heritage Orchestra and backed by electronic mash-up collective The Young Punx under the musical direction of Hal Ritson. A celebration of the artist’s diverse influences, expect a party set of mash-ups, radical reinterpretations of Rascal favourites plus a few closely guarded surprises.

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Our favourite review so far – Not for the faint hearted though!!


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Massive new club anthem on MofoHifi Records, with groundbreaking remix from Phonat.
London based electro producer Sharooz was first introduced to the dance world by MofoHifi in 2006 with his debut release “Hell Yeah!” which received over twenty BBC Radio One plays and featured on numerous high profile compilations.
Three-years on and his star is still rising. Sharooz’s productions can now boast a clutch of leading taste-maker fans including 2 Many DJs, Moby, Mylo, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, and Kissy Sell Out; an appeal which hasn’t gone unnoticed by club promoters, securing him DJ bookings in Serbia, Switzerland, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, USA and France. After topping many of the main dance download charts earlier this year with “Get Off”, Sharooz is back with his third release on MofoHifi – “Adrenalize”.
Adrenalize is a tough, big room crowd pleaser combining his trademark simple biting basslines and epic builds, with a triumphant piano break that has been raising the roof in Ibiza over the past few weeks.
Early support for the track comes from Fake Blood, Steve Aoki, Meat Katie, Grum, Dada Life, The Young Punx and many others and it looks set to be one of the underground dance records of the year.
On remix duties, MofoHifi artist Phonat, building up to the release of his forthcoming debut album ‘Phonat’, delivers a radical and innovative remix that creates a sound fusing the worlds of Dubstep and French house. Never one to deliver a predictable sound, the seven-foot Italian has been inspired by the increasing integration of the Dubstep scene into mainstream Ibiza clubs such as “Reclaim the Dancefloor” to create a Dubstep influenced groove that can be easily dropped by house DJs in their steps without changing tempo.

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Italian producer Phonat has been catching the ears of a fair few tastemakers with his last few single and EP releases.  Add the likes of Annie Mac, Annie Nightingale, Andy George, Tiesto and Pete Tong to the list above and you can see why the lofty Italian has been marked out as one to watch this year.

Now, ahead of his eponymous debut album due out in September, Phonat releases ‘Set Me Free’ a staccato-synthed stomper of a track, where classic 80’s rock vocals provide the support.  A standout from the forthcoming album, Phonat hasn’t skimped on remixers with the first coming courtesy of Avicii, the latest ‘made’ man in the Swedish House Mafia.  Proving his pedigree Avicii chops vocals and swirls synths to create a hands in the air Balearic bomb, early copies of which are already becoming staples in the record boxes of the more discerning DJ.

Bleeps and basslines are the order of the day on High Rankin’s re-rub as the dubstep dandy leads listeners to the dancefloor, albeit down a slightly murkier back route, before Louis La Roche’s Reconstruction adds a tougher, twisted edge to complete the package

With previous singles ‘Incredible Sound’, ‘Ghetto Burning’ and ‘Learn To Recycle’ Phonat (aka Michele Balduzzi) has showcased his ability to draw on every vein of dance music, from hip hop to house, garage to breaks and left fans eager to hear more.  Now with DJ bookings and remix requests coming in from across the world and his album ready to hit the streets, 2009 is set to be a busy year for the big Italian.  Not bad for a man who arrived in London from Florence little over a year ago with just a guitar and a five-year-old computer.

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phonat-album-packshotPhonat is a lanky Italian DJ who’s quit the rennaisance splendour of Firenze and decamped to grimy old London Town. The smog must suit his constitution as he’s come up with a belter of an album which cuts out the middle man and sees him both create and remix his own tunes. The end result may be a digital album but it is one which, nevertheless, is oozing with his schizophrenic personality. He’s not here to make you think though – this album is as commercial as they come, recalling the nu-rave chart hits of the early 90′s.

Check out Set Me Free which could set light to any dancefloor; a potential chart topper which could have been released any time between 1991 and 2009. It takes the Hagar era Van Halen model to its ultimate conclusion and combines soft rock vocals and epic synths with an infectious dance groove. There’s no Eddie Van Halen solos but Phonat isn’t averse to dropping in some of his own nifty guitar lines here and there throughout the album– it just takes a while to tune your ear into them as they are so well disguised in the mix. Learn To Recycle is similarly epic and, whilst it may have an environmental point to make it also has potential to generate some dancefloor mayhem.
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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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Be the envy of your friends with these brand new Young Punx T-shirts featuring exclusive art by cult Dutch illustrator Han Hoogerbrugge

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In a rapidly changing industry, record labels and bands are coming up with new and creative ways of financing their acts, by forming partnerships with brands. Following in the footsteps of Bacardi’s partnership with Groove Armada and Nike’s partnership with Kanye West, The Young Punx are pleased to announce their partnership with the German beer giant Warsteiner – one of Europe’s largest independent breweries.

Warsteiner’s MD fell in love with The Young Punx’ music and iconic brand imagery and the resulting deal will see them partner on Warsteiner’s German conceptual music and arts events platform ‘Liquid Cube’ throughout 2009.

The deal includes The Young Punx performing at ‘Liquid Cube’ events across Germany that combine band live performance, DJ performance and visual arts. Supporting this, a major press advertising campaign and competition featuring the band is currently being featured on MTV Germany. Ten thousand CDs featuring the band’s single ‘MASHitUP’ will be given away in cinemas and the band have recorded several podcasts and created exclusive tracks which will be available on the ‘Liquid Cube’ website.

The move helps strengthen the band’s presence in a country, which is renowned for pioneering electronic music. Hal Ritson from The Young Punx – “It’s very exciting to have formed this partnership in a country which in many ways is the birthplace of electronic dance music”.

The Young Punx will be appearing in Ibiza exclusively at Pacha this summer, as well as performing various festivals in Europe and Asia.

For more information, please contact:
Joseph Stopps
FML Music Management





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MofoHifi Records and Ultra Records are delighted to announce that the forthcoming track by The Young Punx – “Ready for the fight” is featured prominently as the title track on the highly anticipated new boxing video game “Fight Night Round 4″. The track is one of several songs from the ‘eclectic electric collective’s forthcoming album “Mashpop and Punkstep” to feature guest vocals from highly respected Memphis rapper Count Bass D.

Hal Ritson and Nathan Taylor of The Young Punx with Count Bass D

Hal Ritson and Nathan Taylor of The Young Punx with Count Bass D

“Ready for the fight” is triumphant cross genre collaboration between London-based electronic dance producers The Young Punx and Memphis-based king of the independent Hip Hop producers Count Bass D. Despite radically different musical and cultural backgrounds both artists have developed a great respect for each others’ work and come together to create a unique and moving track seamlessly combining the best of post Daft Punk European dance production with big room Hip Hop vibes in a moving tale of resolve and determination in the face of adversity.

The Young Punx are no strangers to the gaming world, having had 3 tracks featured on EA releases in the past 2 years, and having performed live at the EA Games “Be The One” event in Trafalgar Square recently. However, “Fight Night Round 4″ ramps this up a notch by using the track to soundtrack key scenes in the game as a core part of the gaming experience.

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Good interview with The Young Punx ahead of their upcoming Dubai gigs:


What’s your set going to be like out here?
The Young Punx DJ set represents our influences from the club scene, so there’s a lot of breakbeat, electro and house. Depending on the crowd, we can go into dubstep and drum ’n’ bass, but the set is mostly solid, good-time music with grooves and funk. Someone recently told us that our sets are stylistically all over the place and shouldn’t work, but somehow do. And that’s a compliment because that’s what we try to achieve, really.

It’s pretty representative of the stuff on your first album, then.
Yeah definitely. The first album [2007’s Your Music Is Killing Me] was a comment on popular culture and an extension of mash-up culture. It did well, but it was quite forward-thinking in lots of ways – we might have put too many ideas into it. I think the stuff we’re working on for the second album is more reflective of our experience as DJs, going out and seeing what makes people dance. It’s not just house and electro; hip hop’s in there as well. We’re doing collaborations with MC Paul Barman who’s a New York rapper, as well as Count Bass D. It’s not like we’re trying to be rap or ‘street’ though – that’s just the kind of vocal that’s prevalent in the music we play.


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Many thanks to Jaymo and Andy George for playing “Set me free” on Radio One, standing in for Annie Mac. Their kind words:

“My favourite song so far of 2009…..it’s absolutely amazing…….really beautiful, lots of wicked riffs…..goes really mental!”

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The Young Punx have taken part in the legendary Buffet Libre “Rewind” project, in which 100 artists do cover versions of tracks from the 70s, 80s and 90s for a free online digital download compilation. The Young Punx chose to cover the Belle Stars version of “The Clapping Song” from 1982, which is itself a cover of Shirley Ellis’ 60s original.

Featuring vocals from Laura Kidd and virtuoso guitar from Guthrie Govan the track starts out as a fairly faithful cover version, until Phonat takes the helm half way through and it turns into a kind of electro drum and bass freak out version! Hal Ritson of The Young Punx comments,

“What attracted us was the combination of the innocence of the playground rhyme pop style with the sulky thatcher-era vocal delivery. Also it seemed fun to do a cover version of a song that was ALREADY a cover version of a 60′s song. A cover of a cover.

DOWNLOAD MP3 – The Young Punx feat Laura Kidd, Guthrie Govan and Phonat : “The Clapping Song”

Visit the Rewind 2 site to download the other cover versions in the project by artists including Little Boots, Bonde do role and Au Revoir Simone.

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We went out onto the streets of London with members of the eclectic mashpop collective to find out about their approach to albums, music, gigging and mayhem.

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