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“Channelling Bowie and Iggy for their house-y freestyles.” - NME
“Slicky, punky funk jams…major ones to watch” - Time Out
They tap into the avant-funk action of Dinosaur L, Liquid Liquid and their postdisco/no wave ilk.” - Guardian
“One of pop’s brightest prospects in yonks.” - DIY
“Combining their distant but assured vocal with warm tones and plenty of cowbell, we’re looking forward to the next offering from the lifelong duo” - i-D
“Missing LCD Soundsystem? Take solace in the fact that their spiritual successors are here.” - Shortlist

Having previously drawn comparisons with Liquid Liquid, Arthur Russell and LCD Soundsystem for their breakthrough tracks ‘Hangin’ and ‘Young Ones’, and fresh from supporting Foals on their European tour, south London disco-punk duo Formation (Will and Matt Ritson) push their sound further with their expansive new EP ‘Under The Tracks’ released on November 20th on Meno Records.

The ‘Under The Tracks’ EP is their first collaboration with Brighton’s house master/producer Leon Vynehall and further consolidates Formation as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge this year.

Available as instant grat for those who pre-order the EP from October 6th, lead track ‘All The Rest is Noise’ (premiered by Zane Lowe as his ‘World Record’ on BEATS 1) finds Formation harnessing their dual talents for insistent pop hooks and groove-orientated instrumental loops into their most immediately memorable moment to date, with a message that, you shouldn’t suffer alone, shouldn’t listen to those negative voices and shouldn’t put yourself down.

The EP title track ‘Under The Tracks’ drops the tempo as piano, cowbell and Will Ritson’s increasingly energised vocals flow together into a haze of rhythms; ‘Love’ layers upwards from its pulsing bass into a blend of waves of new disco with a defiant lyrical message about social alienation and a call for Love and solidarity between all people; Whilst ‘Control’ strips Formation’s sound right back to its core with its inventiveness.
“Working with Leon Vynehall has added another layer of inspiration to what we're doing, bouncing ideas off each other and working in a free and improvised way, laying down what feels good and always surprising each other.” says Matt Ritson

Will and Matt Ritson started Formation in May 2013. Their first release, a (now sold out) white label 12”, was issued in the summer of 2014 with close friend Jonny Tams on production duties. MENO Records subsequently jumped on board to issue their second EP ‘Young Ones, followed up by the single ‘Hangin’. The band are currently working on their debut album set for release in 2016.

Formation have continued to enthral audiences with their energetic and infectious live performances. Highlights over the summer have included sets at Latitude, Bestival, The Great Escape, Field Day, Midi Festival and Calvi On The Rocks in Corsica. More recently they were invited to support Foals on their European Tour.

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