Music Week Presents: The Young Punx

Music Week Presents: The Young Punx

Dynamic electronic duo The Young Punx has released "Drop It Hard", the fifth single off their upcoming fourth album to be released via MofoHifi Records.

Conceptualized and produced by Grammy Nominated UK multi-instrumentalist and record producer Hal Ritson, who has credits on over 1000 records, including for artists like Katy PerryCassiusThe ProdigyKanye WestNasBlack Eyed PeasDuke DumontAviciiDavid GuettaChemical Brothers and many more, the new single fuses the effortlessly cool and driving pulse of an early 80s New Wave live groove break with fierce auto-tune MC toasting, ‘Drop It Hard’; both sound like nothing you’ve heard before, and sounds instantly right. 

The Young Punx is Hal’s personal pet-project, which both celebrates and subverts dance music, breaking the norms of traditional house, disco, breaks and hip-hop through mixing and mashing them with an ecstatically diverse range of musical genres and pop culture references. The project came to life in 2003 out of London’s underground mashup, bootleg and breakbeat scenes and The Young Punx challenge the listener to reconsider what diverse genres can be combined, what is and isn’t ‘cool’, as well as the boundaries between the serious and the ironic – all the while creating a feel-good party atmosphere. The goal is to make little to no sense in terms of concept and yet bring an end result that one couldn’t imagine done any differently.

When speaking about ‘Drop it Hard’ Hal explained,“The vibe of this track was initially inspired by the drum sound of The Police’s Stewart Copeland in the very early 80s. At this time The Police had left behind their punk roots and were playing a unique kind of groove that echoed the danceability of disco, yet had a totally different sound where the drum kit was tuned super high and sat over the top of the bassline, the way that a pitched up jungle break does over the sub-bass in Drum and Bass today. We worked with our longtime drummer Alex Reeves (Elbow, Razorlight) to accurately recreate this rather unique drum sound and feel, and then built a fresh track around it. But the addition of dancehall MC toasting over the solid post-disco groove was the wildcard element that made the track pop and become a beast in its own right!”

Listen to'Drop It Hard' below.

Artist: The Young Punx

Genre: Electronic, Dance

Single name: “Drop It Hard” Single

Release date: 10thMay

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