Every once in a while, a song that catches me immediately upon first listen comes along. I'll listen to it and become super infatuated - there's not a certain type of song or a certain genre, it can be anything. When I listened to "A Friend" by Formation
, the song resonated with me for the rest of the day. Maybe it's because I like music that makes me want to dance just as much as I like music that makes me want to cry, and "A Friend" offers a fascinating combination of both. The energetic disco beats blended with the emotional lyrics about having a special friendship through the thick of it all is cathartic and satisfies both the mind and the body. There's something fresh about it - you could say the London-based group sounds like LCD Soundsystem
or Bombay Bicycle Club
, but really, their sound and attitude isn't something you can pinpoint. The song is off of Look at the Powerful People,
their debut album which was just released earlier this year.