the Young Punx
The Young Punx are a London-based collective of eclectic electronic musicans, headed up by multi-instrumentalist producer Hal Ritson. Over the past few years they have firmly established themselves as the new darlings of UK dance music, with many of the world's top DJs championing their records and over 100 BBC Radio 1 plays to date. The punx are at the forefront of the UK dance scene, and their cheeky pop culture mentality has seen them catch the headlines in mainstream media as diverse as The Sun, The Mirror, La Stampa, Radio 4 news and even BBC 2 Newsnight!
Their debut album - "Your music is killing me" - is currently on release in the UK, USA and Japan, with further countries coming soon. Their fresh and energetic sound that they term "Mashpop and punkstep" is the natural next step in the evolution of mashup music - fusing elements of house, electro, breaks and drum and bass with an eclectic soundclash of popular culture references, rock, disco, 80s pop, classical and jazz to create something at once original and resolutely accessible.
Performed entirely by the band and their guests (no audio samples) with a wry sense of humour and pop art sensibility, the album features tracks such as the shipping forecast quoting "Rockall", cosmetic surgery sideswipe 'Young And Beautiful' and surfer breaks 'You've got to...' which is featured on the FIFA '07 EA computer game.
The Young Punx are among the most in demand remixers in the UK. They have remixed artists such as Chicane and Tom Jones, Scissor Sisters, Hound dogs, Dario G, Tina Turner, Space Cowboy and many more. The Young Punx created the lead radio mix for Studio B's "C'mon Get it On" which spent several weeks on the Radio 1 Playlist and charted top 30 in May 06. Their radical motown-meets-house overhaul of the classic Delacey "Hideaway" has gained a reputation as one of the most daring and enjoyable remixes of recent years, and most recently their mix of Norman Cook's "Mighty Dub Katz - Magic Carpet Ride" hit number 1 in the UK club charts.
The Young Punx play live both as DJs and as The Young Punx live band, both of which are renowned for their energetic and entertaining approach.
The full live band includes guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan (Guitarist Magazine guitarist of the year) and vocals from Tiffany Gore (Medcab / Kraak en Smaak) and Yolanda Quartey (Massive Attack, Bugz in the attic / Deekline / Cuban Brothers). In 2006 they performed for 2 nights at the Nano Mugen Festival in Japan to an audience of 24,000. Highlights of 2007 and 2008 included performing at the Glastonbury Festival, the XFM Remix at Cargo, SummerSonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka, and the Mercury Lounge in New York.
The Young Punx have recorded guest mixes for Annie Nightingale, XFM, Kiss FM, Andi Durrant's Galaxy FM Network and Ministry of Sound radio, and several mixes for Judge Jules. They have DJed at Radiohead's aftershow parties in Earl's Court and are supporting Tiesto on multiple dates in the world's largest club, Privilege Ibiza in 2008.