Formation are a young duo from South London. Two brothers influenced by Philly Disco, Northern Soul and Electronica, recorded their debut white label EP in their bedroom studio. Think a mix of Dinosaur L, classic 99 Records release (ESG / Liquid Liquid) and an early DFA 12".

This vinyl only release is hand stamped by the band and super limited to 300 copies. 

Vinyl 12" £6.99 FORMATION-EP-001

Ltd self-released hand stamped white label 12". Edition of 300 copies.

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Formation EP by Formation
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9/10 Mike 08 July 2014
I've got the first surprise of the week on my hands with this debut EP by Formation, a duo of brothers from south London who make soulful, driving and uncluttered electronic pop. The formula is relatively simple - bold, bright synth melodies and inventive, stumbling beatloops providing a precise backdrop which lends a gently swaggering cool to the vocals, which are naive but soulful, forcefully delivered and audaciously high in the mix. It's this interaction between the glacial electronic aspects of their sound and their unapologetically pop-centric approach.   Like with the best Future Islands stuff, it's like they're mixing slightly over-expressive vocals and melodies with a cold and unemotional backdrop. The first track here (no titles on either artwork or press release, strangely) is the catchiest of the bunch, immediately justifying the DFA/ESG comparisons in the press release but in a shamelessly catchy way that brings to mind the debut EPs of Passion Pit and TV on the Radio.   The second song really reminds me of the heat-haze easy-pop of 'The Sea' by Morcheeba, but the loud-and-dry vocals are at their most silky and soulful and they have some fun with echoes at one point which makes it go all woozy. Then the third song has an amazing buzzy synth tone that wouldn't sound out of place on a Dan Friel or Apparat Organ Quartet record. There's a fourth song too. All the songs are solidly constructed and the pair really know how to use the bold, stark electronic presentation to their advantage. An excellent debut.


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