The talented duo are an along-standing pillar of London’s Underground dance scene . Both DJs and producers have consistently been at the bleeding edge of electronic music, straddling genres, and bringing the freshest meat to the party. From having mixes on BBC Radio 1 to playing huge European festivals, to collaborating with international superstars; Punx Soundcheck have been on a mission into the future from day one and they’re not about to slow down anytime soon.
Punx Soundcheck cut their teeth with a series of remixes and the infamous 'Icon Series' on seven-inch vinyl. They quickly developed a unique sound that fused futuristic and retro electro with a punk rock attitude. After making a name for themselves on the London circuit, Punx Soundcheck put together the 'Icon Series' on John's very own Taylor Made Records label. The limited edition collection on coloured seven-inch vinyl featured original tracks including collaborations with Marc Almond and Siobhan Fahey, as well as remixes from other leading lights on the London scene like Atomizer and The Droyds, of whom John was also a member.
The word was out and Punx Soundcheck were soon in demand as remixers with S'Express, King Roc, Ping Pong Bitches, Digitaria, Ascii, Disko, Atomizer, Dead or Alive and Duran Duran among those getting the treatment on labels like International Deejay Gigolos, Back Yard Recordings and Umami Records. Several critically acclaimed singles soon followed for Beautycase Records, Delta B Recordings and Destination Records before they came to the attention of Berlin-based label Pale Music and released their debut album in 2006 - When Machines Ruled the World - to much praise. The double CD package included collaborations with Marc Almond, Steve Strange, Boy George, Princess Julia, and Larry Tee. The second album “Black & Gold” soon followed on Pale; it marked their departure from the eighties influenced sound that had informed their earlier works and took them towards a noisier, glitchier territory, which reflected the sound that John was heading towards in his prolific DJ sets across the globe.
Around this time their remixes of Bloc Party and the re-released Stakker Humanoid were making waves. Before long Punx Soundcheck had left Pale and joined new UK label Hottwerk Records. Their debut for Hottwerk was the Inferno EP (5/5 – DJ Mag), a split 12” with their new side project Chanty Poe, which would go on to release acclaimed album “Yeahh!”. Their relationship with Hottwerk blossomed and the series of releases yielded a growing number of fans worldwide. Their third album “From The Roots” (#1 Juno album + electro charts) caused a major stir on dance floors and radios globally, seeing Punx Soundcheck upping the ante of electronic dance music once again with a growing army of fans and big-name supporters. “From The Roots” represented their year zero; a journey through their truest influences and into new directions, a most cohesive and complete album. Bringing together the music that shaped them and the music that’s shaped their future, “From The Roots” traversed disco and house, reggae and dubstep, electro and (old) rave, all the while sounding effortlessly and elegantly modern, laying the foundations for their next bass heavy LP “I Feel Zombie” in 2014.
Fast forward to 2017 and “No Rules Anymore” looks set to follow it’s predecessors onto dance floors and headphones across the world.
London heavyweights Punx Soundcheck continue to thrive. Their constantly evolving sound ensures that they are always blazing a trail at the cutting edge of bass music, both in the DJ booth and the studio. Collaborations with stellar artists like Jay Robinson on the album show Punx Soundcheck at their best, as well as being at the top of their game whilst loving what they do.
Striding confidently into the future, straddling genres, weaving together their collected influences into their distinctive sound, the duo of John Taylor and new recruit Kinky Roland make a formidable team. A legendary dance music producer in his own right, Kinky Roland has worked with a veritable galaxy of artists, and continues to surge forward. A longtime friend of Punx Soundcheck since the early years who makes a very welcome addition as the new member.
From their debut album, “When Machines Ruled the World”, (which saw them collaborate with the likes of Boy George and Marc Almond), to 2017’s long player number 5, “No Rules Anymore”, via a multitude of singles, EPs, and reworks for everyone from Bloc Party to Digitaria to Duran Duran to S’Express (and many many more), Punx Soundcheck have consistently garnered rave reviews in respected publications such as Mixmag and DJ Magazine; their releases have been played out by the worlds biggest DJs and radio shows, and their bang-on-the-money remixes have cemented their position as the go-to guys for a sure fire bass heavy rerub.