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Formation Records

In the late eighties, breakbeat dynamo DJSS teamed up with fellow jungle connoisseur Eidris and established Formation Records.  By the mid-nineties, the label had distingushed itself as the hottest in its field. Formation  has attracted many a high calibre creative to Leicester, including Twisted Individual and Generation Dub.  It’s also harnessed tracks from the likes of DJ’s Carl Cox and Grooverider, as well as producer Roni Size. 

In its prolific history, the label has spawned other smaller labels to highlight a range of sub-genres.  These include 100% Records, Reformed Records, New Identity, 5HQ Recordings and Easymen. Other featured artists include Mickey Finn, Matrix, John B and Zen. SS’s own releases and remixed material for a number of creatives, under the Formation banner, have included: ‘The Psycho E.P’, ‘Rhythm For Reasons’, ‘Breakbeat Pressure’, and the anthemic ‘Black.’  ‘Lighter’ – another favourite track – once hit the top spot in Music Week’s Dance Chart, and is regarded as something of a dance floor classic.

As Leicester’s longest running and first established dance music organisation, the Formation partnership has also given rise to an impressive array of social opportunities. This success has its roots in the early nineties, when SS and Eidris hosted weekly Leicester-based Total Kaos parties, as well as a one-off soiree at Donnington Park that saw six thousand people dance the night away. Their club life has also seen events at Leicester’s Starlite venue. In keeping with their penchant for a good party, Formation now run Formfinesse – a regular drum & bass night in partnership with Finesse - at Leicester University’s Students Union. Their ‘World of Drum & Bass’ public get-togethers have also taken the Formation brand into the international arena.

Formation events regularly attract thousands of people in Russia and for four years, their Just Fine Formation events in Estonia have been supremely popular. Formation Family - a compilation of the best of Formation’s new tracks – is planned for a Summer 2009 release. Formation has become a launch pad for many a cutting edge music career and has stormed the drum & bass scene – housing a smorgasboard of talent.

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