The news comes shortly after FORMATION completed a UK tour as guests to Jagwar Ma.
Powerful People burns with a foreboding atmosphere as hypnotic loops, swooping synths and boisterous percussion all build towards a climactic finale.
"Powerful People is about wanting to connect with people, explains Will Ritson. "Its a call to the masses from an alienated young man who is seeing all the people in the same situation as myself the outsiders , the lost and the hopeless. Its about wanting to unite all these people and encourage ourselves towards something better with a positive outlook.
Produced by Leon Vynehall and Ben Baptie, Look At The Powerful People demonstrates that FORMATIONs forward-thinking sonics have evolved to reach their full potential. In addition to the new single, other highlights such as On The Board and A Friend capture FORMATIONs irrepressible and bass-heavy cocktail of dirty dance rhythms which pound with the fiery energy of their live performances. At the other extreme, Blood Red Hand is an understated, slow-burning anthem and the closing track Ring offers something entirely different with a dreamy, piano-orientated approach closing the album on an upbeat high.
In addition to the new tracks, the album also features fresh new productions of some of the key singles from FORMATIONs journey to date in the shape of Pleasure and Drugs.
"The album title refers to the moment when everyone has realised the secret power we have when we're all together, reveals Will. "For me, its a power that relates to the security that I found when I was young and hanging with my outsider friends. We had no money and no scene but we didnt care because we had each other. We began to ask questions of the world and started to rebel about what we could or couldnt do or say.
Inspired by artists as diverse as Sly and the Family Stone, John Maus, Fugazi, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, Theo Parrish, Beastie Boys, Pantera and Ornette Coleman, FORMATION have built a cult following as well as exponential critical acclaim including a nomination for Best Newcomer at the NME Awards.
Look At The Powerful People will be released on digital and CD formats. In addition, Rough Trade will stock an exclusive vinyl format which will be signed and hand-numbered by the band. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of Pleasure, Drugs and Powerful People.
Formations live band which adds Johnny Tams (bass), Sasha Lewis (keys) and Kai Akinde-Hummel (drums) have delivered ferocious performances as guests to Foals, Happy Mondays and Jagwar Ma, and have also left an indelible impression following festival sets including Glastonbury, Field Day and Way Out West. Theyre set to tour in support of the album in March. Mehr lesen...