A moment of inspiration can change anything. When twin brothers Will and Matt Ritson started a new project in May 2013, their first jam session yielded a wealth of almost immediately fully-formed material that would make up the core of their initial output. Two years and two EPs later the duo and their band are readying their debut album for release in the Summer.
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. Its title track – a belting clarion call to the dancefloor – instigated a frenzy of glowing comparisons with a galaxy of like-minded spirits such as Liquid Liquid, ESG, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Arthur Russell. Such reference points were expanded with the November 2015 release of the Under The Tracks EP which was produced by innovative house producer Leon Vynehall.
Formation’s live band features Will on vocals and Matt on keys. The strength of their relationship with white label producer Johnny Tams continues with him playing bass, while Sasha Lewis (keys) and Kai Akinde-Hummel (drums) complete the line-up. They enthralled audiences with their energetic and furious live performances while on tour with Foals, as well as at festivals including Latitude, Bestival, The Great Escape, Field Day, Midi Festival and Calvi On The Rocks in Corsica. Formation finished 2015 with a UK tour that included a scintillating sold-out London show at Corsica Studios.
Inspired by the strength of their previous work with Leon Vynehall, Formation are currently in the studio working with him on material for their forthcoming debut album alongside Ben Baptie. If their discography so far is anything to go by, expect the duo’s eclectic experiments to intelligently blur the boundaries between a respect for their roots and a desire to drive improv-pop into a new dimension.