With comparisons to Liquid Liquid, Arthur Russell and LCD Soundsystem for previous singles “Hangin” and “Young Ones”, south London disco-punk duo Formation (brothers Will and Matt Ritson) push their sound further with their new EP Under The Tracks which will be released on November 20th on Meno Records.
As with the rest of the Under The Tracks EP, “Control” is the result of Formation’s first collaboration with Brighton’s innovative house producer Leon Vynehall. The track strips Formation’s sound back to its core with a jam-orientated groove which blends pulsating bass, cowbell-infused rhythms and Will’s insouciant vocal delivery.
“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.
The EP is completed by the title track, which drops the tempo as piano, cowbell and Will Ritson’s increasingly energized vocals flow together into a haze of rhythms, and “Love” which layers upwards into waves of new disco with a defiant lyrical message about social alienation and a call for love and solidarity between all people.
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.
This year, Formation have played 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 and have also played Iceland Airwaves Festival, Dublin’s Metropolis Festival and Barcelona’s Primavera Club. They return to the UK to play the following three shows later this month:
11/25 – Louisiana, Bristol
11/26 – London – Corsica Studios,
11/27 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen (DIY Presents show)