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…
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.