It’s only natural that DJs spend time with other DJs. Common interests are one of the surest avenues to friendships. So when DJ friends come together to celebrate something exciting like the release of a new album, it’s only natural that they spin some records.
In this specific case, the album that was released is Floating Points‘ new alternative electronic odyssey, Crush, and his friends who joined him to spin are Jamie xx, Ben UFO, and Daphni.
All four of these artists have a widely catalogued public history. The number of times they’ve shared the stage or the booth is quite extensive, and while spectators of their sets are separate from their personal chemistry, their sonic chemistry is the stuff of legends. This quartet is bound by an affinity for the unusual and unconventional. Their sets can’t be defined by genre. Only by feeling and mood.
Together they united on NTS radio, where each of them have spun time and time again to honor Crush with three hours of tunes that will have listeners hitting Shazam after every single track.
Floating Points just put his new album, Crush, on Oct. 18, and as was expected from the polymathic musician with a doctorate in neuroscience, it is nothing less than complex electronic bliss.
Floating Points—whose real name is Sam Shepard—is an artist unbounded by constraints both in the studio and on stage. In the past, he has booked an entire orchestra to perform his music. For the tour of his last album, Elaenia, he alternated between DJ sets, performing with a four-piece band, and a solo live show during which he operated intricate hardware.
For the tour of his upcoming album, it can’t be said whether or not he’ll adopt all the formats listed above at some point, but for now, we know a section of the tour will feature a show most closely related to the last of the aforementioned list. The tour will hit several well-known spots throughout Europe and the U.S.
The video below, which is a music video for the single “Anasickmodular,” displays Shepard at the helm of a studio’s worth of different musical machines. Unlike other live sets of similar nature, viewers can immediately grasp how his movements are actively manipulating the music in a haphazard yet human manner.
Hamil Industries, the production company behind the video had this to say about it:
“Floating Points show is based on the visualization of sound through manipulation of analogic technologies. It will combine light, cameras, and visuals triggered by soundwaves, that in turn modulate themselves, creating loops of image and sound working in perpetual feedback, harmony, and dissonance.”
View the full video and check out Floating Points’ upcoming tour dates below.
Nov. 13 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus – SOLD OUT Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus – Late Show Nov. 21 – London @ Printworks April 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust April 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust April 17 – San Francisco, SF @ Gray Area
UK electronic music producer Sam Shepherd is about to release a new Floating Points album called Crush, the full-length follow-up to his 2015 debut Elaenia. We’ve already heard two tracks from the upcoming LP, “Last Bloom” and “LesAlpx.” And today, he’s giving us one more taste before the record … More »
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Sam Shepard, better known as Floating Points, officially has announced his sophomore album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s showstopper, Elaenia.
The upcoming LP, titled Crush, represents a departure from the soothing, atmospheric work that defined Floating Points just a few years ago towards a darker, more unapologetic club sound. The shift in styles, however, is likely to appeal to fans of his earliest, grittier work, while coming as no surprise to those who caught “LesAlpx” just a few months ago.
“It’s a little less organized than the garage-y tracks I made at the very beginning. This is me being more unhinged and rough,” commented the UK producer on his new material in an interview with The Fader.
The album announcement also comes with the simultaneous release of “Last Bloom,” which feigns a touch of melodic subtlety, but ultimately serves as a love letter to Shephard’s growing gear collection, as a hailstorm of syncopated percussion carries the full weight of the four-minute club burner.
Crush is scheduled to release on Ninja Tune on October 18 and will be accompanied by a three-stop European tour to celebrate the album. Find the tour dates and full tracklist below.
UK producer Sam Shepherd hasn’t released a Floating Points album in four years. The electronic project’s debut album Elaenia came out back in 2015, followed by his Kuiper EP and Reflections – Mojave Desert. He’s been laying low since 2017, but released a … More »
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Last month, UK electronic music producer Sam Shepherd — better known as Floating Points — returned with “LesAlpx,” his first new music since 2017. And now he’s shared its B-side, “Coorabell,” a left-field dance track that gradually drags its skittering rhythm and subterranean synth-burbles into the warm melodic light. More »
It’s been two years since Sam Shepherd’s last original release, but the UK-born musician, better known as Floating Points, is finally lifting off again with his new single, “LesAlpx.”
A departure from Shepherd’s freeform, jazz-garnished approach to electronic production that brought past releases Elaenia, and Reflections – Mojave Desert such widespread acclaim, “LesAlpx” is as club-centric as any Floating Points track yet. In a press release, Shepherd says that the new release came together “quite quickly, which helped to get rid of any desire to overthink the music – it’s essentially the sound of me having loads of fun with the machines in my studio and going back to basics.”
And while “LesAlpx” makes its return to the bottom line, it still holds tight the eccentricities that have defined Sam Shepherd as such a captivating producer. Unrelenting builds, shimmying percussion, and an utter playfulness on the knobs all add to the song’s signature Floating Points allure; but these same components become all the more spellbinding when woven into the latest single’s driving four-by-four beat and whirring bass.
It’s been a little bit since we’ve heard from Floating Points, the electronic project of UK producer Sam Shepherd. He released his debut album, Elaenia, back in 2015 and followed that up with an EP, Kuiper, and Reflections – Mojave Desert in the following two years. Since 2017 he’s … More »