SONGS OF THE DAY: The Young Punx – “Girls Like Disco” and “Harlem Breakdown”
Those who love Daft Punk realness and can’t wait for the forthcoming DJ Cassidy album will be excited to hear what The Young Punx have come up with. At first, when I heard the discofied “Girls Like Disco,” the authentic ’70s sound threw me for a loop as these were the crazy cartoon characters that rocked my dance floor with “MASHITUP!” just a few years ago. Times and inspiration change, and producers Hal Ritson and DJ Nathan Taylor did their own take on ’70s funk using their full band and vintage recording gear. The tracks sounds authentic for the time yet modern for today, with a bouncy energetic feel- a la Crazibiza. “Harlem Breakdown” is getting a lot of buzz, with Mixmag declaring it Song Of the Month, and it’s easy to hear why. It’s full-on classic disco, produced masterfully. It sounds real and full and vibrant – something you just can’t get from plugins. The manic energy from their previous releases is channeled into pure creative artistry. For club consumption, Mark One (Texas) and Rocoe (Reset!) keep the disco vibe full and center and add a bit of house to the proceedings. There is also a harder version of “Girls Like Disco” call “Boys Like Bass,” which the more electro-minded will call their own. As always with the Young Punx, the visual presentations add a unique spin, with “Girls Like Disco” capturing middle-aged Chinese women line dancing and “Harlem Breakdown” bringing back their long-time collaborator, the beloved cartoonist Han Hoogerbrugge, whose creativity never ceases to blow our collective minds.
Image Courtesy of MofoHifi Records.