Hal Ritson of The Young Punx writes... "This isn't a video that came about in any planned commercial way. A couple of month's back I was in China playing Young Punx gigs in Beijing and Shanghai, and while walking down Nanjing Road in Shanghai I stumbled upon this surreal and bewitching spectacle of literally hundreds of middle-aged Chinese women, studiously and diligently dancing a bizarre mixture of disco, chinese traditional and line-dancing moves. I don't know the back story. I guess it's just their idea of a good night out. The incongruity of it was like discovering some weird unexplained congregation of hundreds of wild animals in nature.
I filmed it there and then on my iPhone, and when back in the UK played it to Adam Baroukh from Superplex Pictures, who had worked with us on the Afterburn video for Bobby Tank. As he commented then, you couldn't really ask for more for a song called "Girls Like Disco" than some candid found footage of women dancing very intensely in a strange location. We loved all the characters lurking in the dance - the white-dressed leading lady oozing with haughty elegance, being following intently, and with only varying success by her comedic dumpier friend next to her. Searching the ensemble for different people's characters is the gift that keeps giving. Adam edited the footage together, locking it to the beat. But we weren't finished yet.
We then passed the fully edited video over to esteemed Dutch multi-media artist Han Hoogerbrugge who has overseen nearly all Young Punx artwork and visuals since 2005. You never know what will emerge from Han's dark and mysterious mind, and we were as surprised as ever when Han passed the video back warped into a seizure inducing Kaleidoscopic trip, abstracting the formerly lofi camera-phone footage into a bewildering psychedelic fantasy and adding the occasional pole dancer and dancing skeleton to the crowd.
God knows what kind of video this makes, but I love how organic and unplanned it is. A team effort that would never have emerged from a corporate A&R meeting in a million years..."
Video produced and directed by Hal Ritson, Superplex and Han Hoogerbrugge
Footage by Hal Ritson. Editing by Adam Baroukh (www.superplex.tv ). After Effects by Han Hoogerbrugge ( www.hoogerbrugge.com )
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London-based The Young Punx return with a 2-track release celebrating their love of all things disco and bass, collaborating with their close friends and kings of the Italian Turbofunk sound, Birdee (Southern Fried) and Reset! (Cheap Thrills, Dim Mak), with GIRLS LIKE DISCO BOYS LIKE BASS'.
A club-ready disco and bass laden teaser for the forthcoming 3rd Young Punx album, the tracks showcase the flamboyant musicianship of The Young Punx whose brass-heavy funk stylings have previously been heard as the disco band in Dizzee Rascal's "Dirtee Disco", as well as performing as the live backing band for Dizzee on the BBC Electric Proms and Glastonbury 2011, and in their legendary 2005 makeover of De'Lacy's 'Hideaway'.
The Young Punx' Hal Ritson explains that the release's title is derived from a tongue in cheek 'rule of DJing'.
"It all started off as a bit of a joke amongst our DJ pals. The joke being men never go out onto the dancefloor first. But, you play some disco and the girls flock to the floor. Naturally the boys follow on then, and if you went bass heavy, the party would really begin to kick. 'Girls Like Disco Boys Like Bass' became code for this pattern! Of course in fact everyone likes both Disco and Bass, so don't take it too literally!"
Setting the tone for their return you can expect to see more sideways looks at the electronic music scene from The Young Punx in the coming year, including a brand new long-player full of surprises.
The Young Punx emerged in the mid 2000's as buzz producers, pioneered by DJs such as Annie Nightingale, Eddy Temple-Morris and Judge Jules, famed for their jubilant shredding of genre boundaries, mashing up different dance music forms, retro music sounds and pop culture references with glee, wit and musicality.
Since their 2009 album "Mashpop and Punkstep" The Young Punx have been focussing on developing their label, MofoHifi Records, home to the esteemed emerging producers, Bobby Tank, Phonat & Alizzz.
The Young Punx - GIRLS LIKE DISCO (feat. Birdee) and BOYS LIKE BASS (feat. Reset!) on Beatport Monday 22nd July and iTunes 5th August.