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Video: Formation – Drugs


London dance-pop duo Formation unveil interactive new video for ‘DRUGS’.

Setting cutting social commentary to a genre-clash of sounds linked by grooves, loops and insistent percussion, Formation have already been nominated for Best New Artist at theNME Awards and earned the backing of Zane Lowe. As they complete a summer crammed with killer festivals sets – Glastonbury, Field Day, Lovebox and SecretGarden Party, to name just a few – Formation today launch their new track ‘Drugs’.

Produced by Leon Vynehall and Ben Baptie, ‘Drugs’ bursts with anarchic spirit as grinding bass, flashes of synths and clattering percussion all support Will Ritson’sassertive vocal delivery.

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’Drugs’ is about trying to adhere to the drugged-up, cocaine infused, London lifestyle, where it isn’t just about getting in but fitting in too, hence the first line: ‘I’m on the list! Where do I sign up?’” says Will. “Musically it’s meant to reflect the euphoria and pounding, unrelenting rhythm of club culture.

Formation – Will and his twin brother Matt – have also made a striking homemade interactive video to accompany the track. Opening with an invitation for the viewer to ‘CLICK HERE FOR DRUGS’, each subsequent click rotates through a succession of stark and often confrontational imagery which puts a subversive spin on the usual expectations of a music video.

Formation’s live band also features Johnny Tams (bass), Sasha Lewis (keys) and KaiAkinde-Hummel (drums). After supporting Faithless at the O2 Academy Brixton last night and a host of summer festival appearances including Glastonbury, Field Day andWay Out West, Formation are now set to play the following shows listed below.

Formation – Drugs // MENO Records – out now

Video: Formation – Pleasure


South London twin brother duo of Matt and Will Ritson, Formation, unveiled the official video for their new single “Pleasure”, roduced by Brighton’s house producer Leon Vynehall. Out now on Meno Records.

Video: Formation – Love


Having previously drawn comparisons with Liquid Liquid, Arthur Russell and LCD Soundsystem for their breakthrough tracks “Hangin” and “Young Ones”, south London disco-punk duo Formation (brothers Will and Matt Ritson) push their sound further with their expansive new EP ‘Under The Tracks’, which was released on November 20th on Meno Records. Now, you can watch the video for their single “Love”.

The band recently released another single off the EP,”Control,” which is now streaming HERE. 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 inventive 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 band are currently working on their debut album set for release in 2016.

Video: Formation – All The Rest Is Noise


Formation (aka South London twin brother duo of Matt and Will Ritson) have shared the video for their catchy tune “All The Rest Is Noise”. The track is taken from the duo’s forthcoming four-track “Under The Tracks” EP. Out on November 20th on Meno Records. Pre-order it here. Video directed by Margarita Louca.

Formation – All The Rest Is Noise


South London brotherly duo of Matt and Will Ritson aka Formation will release their new four-track “Under The Tracks” EP next month. Below, you can stream the first cut off the EP, “All The Rest Is Noise”.

‘Under The Tracks’ EP is out November 20th on Meno Records.  Pre-order here.

Formation – Hangin


It’s not even halfway through 2015 and already Formation have emerged as one of the hottest new acts of the year. With their debut EP “Young Ones” the London duo consolidated the excitement surrounding them with an astonishing 4 song set of vigorous, percussive, liquid funk, genuflecting towards greats like ESG, Dinosaur L and LCD Soundsystem while also carving out its very own path through the modern landscape.

Now comes new single “Hangin”, another storming belter of a track which showcases the Ritson brothers’ knack for an effortless hook and instantly infectious melody, welding elastic disco punk with rousing choruses to absolutely lethal effect. By turns restless, addictive and rambunctious, “Hangin” is an anthem in waiting that will only see the duo’s star climb even higher. Get in on ground zero now.

Fresh from their incendiary debut live shows, extraordinarily tight and potent blasts of barely controlled energy which have included Big Weekend, The Great Escape and Midi Festival, the duo will head out for their first festival season starting with Field Day in London this Saturday.

6 – Field Day, London
3 – Marseille Rock Island, Marseille
10 – Festival de la Cité, Lausanne
11 – Andrea Doria, Rome (w/Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine)
17 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
19 – Melt! Festival, Gräfenhainichen
26 – Tramlines, Sheffield
21 – Pstereo, Trondheim
23 – Lowlands, Biddinghuizen
29 – The Garden Party, Leeds

Ossie – The Buzz EP


When UK Funky made space for itself amid the explosion of post-millennial club sounds, East Londoner Ossie helped provide some of its most interesting turns. Releasing a series of EPs for labels such as Hyperdub, 2020 Vision and Wolf Music Recordings, he’s established himself as one of the most intriguing new dance producers around with an instantly recognizable mix of African polyrhythms and weighty 4/4 house anthems.

Following a recent coveted stint at the last Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo alongside Just Blaze and Kerri Chandler, Ossie is unveiling his most explosive release yet. ‘The Buzz’ is a pounding, fidgeting monster of track, with an unmistakable central buzzing malfunction sound effect, and slinky sing-speak vocal hook-lines.

Released as a four-track EP on newly formed and London-based Meno Records, the release is packed with unstoppable energy and gritty underlying analogue sonics.

Ossie; a sought-after DJ too as part of Benji B’s Deviation crew, and even taking things live with his radio-bothering Black Orange Juice project with releases on MTA and True Panther Sounds, his name has become an inescapable fixture of dance music’s coolest corners.

Perhaps his most big-room release to date, ‘The Buzz’ shows a future dance master breaking out of the underground with sights set on domination. The EP will be released April 20th through Meno Records.