Floating Points Reflections - Mojave Desert The new short film / soundtrack from Floating Points, the project is the first in a series to capture recordings of unique environments. The idea was spawned as Floating Points travelled to the Mojave to rehearse but quickly realised and experimented with the idea of recording the soundscape to use within their music to add an extra level of immersion. “Whilst we were out playing and exploring the area around us - the sound reflecting from the rocks, the sound of the wind between them, complete stillness at night and packs of roaming coyotes in the distance, it became apparent that we could use this as its own unique recording environment.” - Sam Shepherd, Floating Points Reflections begins with chords played on a Rhodes Chroma and recorded with a surround sound microphone. Throughout the filming, microphones were placed throughout the landscape to capture the natural sonic textures of the desert: the undulating sound of wind, a bird call, the rustling of bushes and more created a backdrop on which much of the record rests. The music softly shifts from the Fender Rhodes introduction to ‘Silurian Blue’, an expansive full band piece that balances refined restraint with explosiveness. In one scene, ‘Kites’, Sam Shepherd walks through a valley with a super directional microphone, swinging it back and forth as a synthesiser loop gets faster to showcase the natural reverb and shifting phase of sound waves. ‘Kelso Dunes’ signals the film’s final act: the sky grows dark, lasers flash, the band and rocks gleaming in the pitch black around them. Pluto / Luaka Bop CD | LP
Floating Points Kuiper New EP of fresh non-album tracks from Floating Points, following from his well received debut Elaenia. “Since starting a band to realise the music from my LP, it has sparked a deep interest in the band itself, and so Kuiper is the result of playing with Leo, Alex and Susumu. Each time we play it, its completely different. We set the scene with electronics, and some drum machines that form the foundation to allow the unfurling of the rest of the track. The version on this EP – believe it or not – was recorded at 8am! The other side – ‘For Marmish Part II’ – is carbon dated by my singing voice. I can’t get that high anymore! It was recorded way before ‘ For Marmish’ on the album but the two tracks happened to be written around the same time. I want to share them because both sides reflect in two tracks where I was right at the start of the Elaenia project, right up to now post-LP release, playing live and going on the road with a band. I hope, like I feel, people will find a common strand in the hypnotic nature of both tracks. “ Pluto 12"
Floating Points Elaenia Debut album from UK producer Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points. The album takes its inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and Brazilian music, much of which can be heard in Shepherd's DJ sets. There's a long list of contributors, with Tom Skinner and Leo Taylor (drums), Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne and Layla Rutherford (vocals), Susumu Mukai (bass), Alex Reeve (guitar), Qian Wu and Edward Benton (violins), Matthew Kettle (viola) and Joe Zeitlin (cello) all featuring. Shepherd also provides some of the vocals. Pluto CD | LP
Floating Points Ratio In 2015 Sam Shepherd – aka Floating Points – released his break out, critically acclaimed debut Elaenia. Earlier this year he followed up the album with Reflections - Mojave Desert, a short film and soundtrack featuring tracks recorded in the Mojave Desert. Today the polymathic producer is pleased to announce his latest project, Ratio; an epic track bordering on 19-minutes that harks back to his earlier dance floor focussed releases. Over the course of the summer Floating Points has developed Ratio as part of his solo live electronic show at festivals around the world. The track has fast become a fan favourite, a true highlight of the set. Pluto 12"
Floating Points King Bromeliad / Montparnasse New 12" from Sam Floating Points Shepherd on Eglo. Nice bouncy disco edged electronic sounds here, reminding me a little of recent Falty DL output or Luke Vibert's Kerrier District project... Back to the good old Vacuum Boogie style sound here! The eight-minute-plus track opens with party chatter and a muffled beat in the background, before dropping into an jazzy, eyes-down shuffle embellished with vibraphone squiggles of syrupy synths and vibraphone. Eglo Records 12"
Floating Points Shadows EP New Floating Points gatefold double 12" EP. On the cusp of 2012 Floating Points aka Sam Shepherd brings us possibly his most fully comprehensible and utterly impressive release to date. "Shadows" is a fully accomplished debut album (though billed as an EP), beginning with "Myrtle Avenue" which fans will instantly associate with tracks off his "Vacuum EP" - loose organic drums, fluttering and sublimely delicate keyboard phrases swirling in the background and a jazzy, Rhodes-led bottom end. "Obfuse" continues the jazzy, organic instrumentation but goes on a bit a US deep house tip. With those trademark FP droney synths constantly bubbling underneath the mix, some soulful vocals and a long, sparse jazzy breakdown this could soundtrack a million different feel-good moments. "Realise" is future jazz jam from the outer galaxies! Pads and synthesized wind instruments gently carassing an array of plinkety-plonk garage beats. "Realise" has the same drum template as "J&W Beat" - rattling retro drum boxes skewed and syncopated to oblivioun but somehow maintaing a groove. Disc two offers up whole side tracks "ARP3" and "Sais". "ARP3" must be the big main room club track with those euphoric, driving synth ascensions and expertly placed drops. Growing into a brooding, intense monster but still with those ridiculously funky keyboard licks that only a classically trained musician could achieve (he studied right here in Manchester at Cheetham's dontcha know?!). "Sais" concludes this future classic in dreamy, freeform mode. The beats are on the shuffled UKG side, while ghostly pads and natural strings envelop the mix like whispering angels from deep within your consciousness... this is some EMOTIONAL SHIT right here! Definitely able to jerk tears at certain moments and if this doesn't pull at your heart strings then I question if you are infact human! Sam Shepherd has presented a breathtaking and fully realized vision of his sonic world, and one that is so welcoming and beautiful yet so stunningly unique that you just can't helped be sucked right in. This EP is part of a collaborative project between FP and long term friend Will Hurt who has created a Max/Msp patch which studies drum machine and synthesizer activity to generate visuals in real-time. Eglo 12" Out of Stock
Floating Points Marilyn Expected 9th June, it's another essential release on Alex Nut's Eglo label. Floating Points returns with the official release of his somewhat infamous, jazzy, electric, house bumper 'Marilyn'. comes backed with 'Farukx' Eglo Records 12" Out of Stock
Floating Points Sais Dub Limited edition 1-sided 10" from the glitch hop / jazzy dubstep Londoner supported by Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs. RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE - Expected 16th April If we have stock left it will be available online from Saturday 23rd April, strictly one per customer. http://www.floatingpoints.co.uk Eglo 10" Out of Stock
Floating Points Ensemble Post Suite / Almost In Profile The debut single from Floating Points Ensemble. Aaron highly recommends this one! Debut single from the critically acclaimed, hotly-tipped Floating Points Ensemble - Floating Points soul-jazz outfit. This double A side 10” features two tracks by the full Ensemble recorded and mixed at the legendary Abbey Road Studios for the Ninja Tune XX twentieth anniversary celebrations. The 16 piece group recently won last year’s Best Maida Vale Session at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. Previous releases on Eglo Records, Planet Mu and R2. Support from Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Benji B, Ramadanman, Four Tet, Kode 9 and Mary Anne Hobbs amongst others. Ninja Tune 10" Out of Stock