Floating Points has quickly become one of the most respected and sought-after musicians in modern music. His latest album Crush was made during an intense five-week period, inspired by the invigorating improvisation of his shows supporting The xx in 2017. This new album feels similarly instantaneous – and vital. It’s the sound of the many sides of Floating Points finally fusing together. It draws from the “explosive” moments during his sets, the moments that usually occur when he throws together unexpected genres, for the very simple reason that he gets excited about wanting to “hear this record, really loud, now!” and then puts the needle on.
The newly announced live solo shows capture that energy too, so that the audience can see that what they’re watching isn’t just someone pressing play. Once again Shepherd has teamed up with Hamill Industries, the duo who brought their ground-breaking reactive laser technologies to his previous tours. Their vision is to create a constant dialogue between the music and the visuals. This time their visuals will zoom in on the natural world, where landscapes are responsive to the music and flowers or rainbow swirls of bubbles might move and morph to the kick of the bass drum.
Fuelled by a frustration of “searching for hope and not being rewarded”, Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points emerges from the studio after five weeks with his latest album Crush.
The album serves as a reflection of the London based producer’s views on the state of society with a distinct sensitivity to suffering, which has played a significant role in his development as an individual having studied neuropigenetics for his PhD. This is particularly evident in Sea-Watch – a track that was inspired by the German ship captain Carola Rackete, who defied the Italian authorities in order to aid migrants in need.
The tranquility of Sea-Watch is paired with the meandering Falaise and glitchy Last Bloom, Crush also provides thrilling moments in the club-ready tracks of Bias and lead single LesAlpx featuring rolling basslines and a garage-infused energy.
Crush has given Shepherd a canvas for political expression which he has masterfully crafted in a wholesome and complete body of work that serves as a fitting way to follow up his debut album for 2015.
Put simply, ‘Crush’ is a triumph: the ideal meeting of brains and brawn over a journey that manages to feel both concise and exploratory.