30 Aug Floating Points is releasing a new album called ‘Crush’
Floating Points is releasing a new album called ‘Crush‘. Releasing via Ninja Tune on 18th October.
Firstly, the alias of Floating Points is helmed by Sam Shepherd. Because he has so many guises, it is not easy to pin him down to a single entity. Additionally, the record label Melodies International is curated by Shepherd. Basically, the imprint is responsible for bringing soulful new sounds into the club whilst reinstating old ones. In short, to describe Floating Points he is the classicist, the disco guy that makes machine music, the digger always searching for untapped gems to re-release. Evidently, his liberal approach to genre saw Shepherd once drop a 20-minute instrumental by spiritual saxophonist Pharoah Sanders in Berghain.
Following the release earlier this year of his compilation of analogous ambient and atmospheric music. This time created for the renowned Late Night Tales compilation series. Finally, Floating Points returns with his first album in four years, Crush. To point out the album twists whatever you think you know about him. Shepherd has made some of his heaviest, most propulsive tracks yet. Nodding to the UK bass scene he emerged from in the late 2000s. In short, one can expect his signature melancholia is there in the album’s sublime mellower moments or in the Buchla synthesizer, whose eerie modulation haunts the album. He has shared a music video for the track Last Bloom from the upcoming Ninja Tune release. Watch Last Bloom below.
Making of Crush
The improvisation of his shows supporting The XX in 2017 served as inspiration for Shepherd. So here’s an interesting fact. Crush was made over a span of an intense five-week period. He thought what he’d come out with would “be really melodic and slow-building” to suit the mood of the headliners, but what he ended up playing was “some of the most obtuse and aggressive music I’ve ever made, in front of 20,000 people every night,” he says. “It was liberating.” Crush is the sound of the many sides of Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points finally fusing together. The 140g black vinyl is housed in a glossy sleeve with artwork printed inside and out. Additionally, a 4 page A4 booklet featuring a score of album track ‘Birth’ is included. Finally, head here for more info on the Ninja Tune release. Also, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
2. Last Bloom
4. Requiem for CS70 and Strings
11. Apoptose Pt1
12. Apoptose Pt2
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