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I think it's time for Mr. Samuel T. Shepherd to have his own thread. Nothing he has released has been a dud (the Floating Points Ensemble was the closest thing) and most of his releases have been phenomenal. Plus he's an incredible dj. Let us celebrate!

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8uHoBA-E7I

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d38xbAFnCSQ

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANXeY7Ob5W0

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsbgbVKDOHk

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIo2vs0kmU4

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:15 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNN7vFrkIjw

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-xNxzmNtjs

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL73y7jG21c

matt2, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:18 (five years ago) Permalink

So that's half the discography covered then..."Red Light" off the Fatima EP is also essential imo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I5RkApQW1s

two lights crew (seandalai), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

something about this guys stuff always feels a little corny to me. i like the jazzy keyboard stuff, but for me the beat needs to have some kind of edge (sonically or rhythmically) to keep things from getting hotel lobby-ish, and i don't usually hear that here.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

did not like what i heard of the ensemble music either (just on that ninja tune xx comp), it made me want to listen to early 00's Cinematic Orchestra.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

these are nice to listen to at work though.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Only heard the Shawdows and Fatima EPs, but he seems very accomplished and kinda boring. Jordan otm.

lag∞n affiliated (The Reverend), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:59 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

New album is gorgeous.

Tim F, Thursday, 29 October 2015 21:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Love "Silhouettes (I, II & III)", which was made available in advance: https://soundcloud.com/floatingpoints/silhouettes-i-ii-iii

Guardian interview just published, appetite further whetted: http://d.gu.com/CbJLD5

mike t-diva, Thursday, 29 October 2015 23:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this album is certainly going to end up in my top 5, if not 3. Streaming here: http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/450599927/first-listen-floating-points-elaenia

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 29 October 2015 23:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Only heard one track (the closer) and it was fucking amazing.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 October 2015 10:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Of the tracks I've heard over the years, I only really love Vacuum Boogie, but people have been saying incredibly good things about this record.

Matt DC, Friday, 30 October 2015 11:19 (two years ago) Permalink

it hasn't actually grabbed me as some of his epic singles over the past couple of years but obv only one listen in

lex pretend, Friday, 30 October 2015 11:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Somehow I've managed to not hear of him until yesterday. Which seems bizarre.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 October 2015 11:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Presumably that means you haven't heard the Four Tet fabriclive? Which isn't my thing at all but he pops up quite early on that.

Matt DC, Friday, 30 October 2015 11:47 (two years ago) Permalink

i would recommend vacuum boogie/people's potential/wires/nuits sonorés/nectarines/king bromeliad/montparnasse, all of those are amazing

lex pretend, Friday, 30 October 2015 11:47 (two years ago) Permalink

I shall acquire all I can download this evening.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 October 2015 12:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Enjoying this quite a bit.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 30 October 2015 12:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Is the last track supposed to just stop like that?

Matt DC, Sunday, 1 November 2015 16:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I was listening to this earlier this week and i thought it was interesting but a bit weird, definitely different though.

then i realised i had left soundcloud playing so i was listening to a dj mix simultaneously

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Sunday, 1 November 2015 16:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Quite a lot of it is so ambient that you could do that without realising for a long time.

This definitely worked for me as a Sunday afternoon kinda record - Silhouettes is definitely the best thing here (that orchestral swell!) but in general a move away from the dancefloor is quite a wise step for him.

Matt DC, Sunday, 1 November 2015 16:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard this album yet, but Floating Points is great, one of the most consistently interesting producers out there. It's weird, because I wouldn't say I am typically drawn to jazzy house, but he does it in a way that really brings out groove in a tasteful way, and somehow is never cheesy or too smooth.

Dominique, Sunday, 1 November 2015 16:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard this but then i realised i had left soundcloud playing so i was listening to a dj mix simultaneously happens to me all the time. i get frequent "wow! this producer is really pushing the boundaries of dance music" moments only to realise, no, it's just yet another dull as ditchwater tech house track. i will check out the new floating points album simultaneously playing along the next time i'm wading through dance promos for a potentially more interesting experience.

stirmonster, Sunday, 1 November 2015 18:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Quite a lot of it is so ambient that you could do that without realising for a long time.

this is my issue with it really. floating points' last few singles haven't been dancefloor-oriented either but there was just so much going on in them, 11-minute tracks that really made full use of the running time. this is def a lot more subdued, maybe more subtle but also less engaging

lex pretend, Sunday, 1 November 2015 18:36 (two years ago) Permalink

This is lush.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 6 November 2015 13:57 (two years ago) Permalink

omg this is so fusiony

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 6 November 2015 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

last three tracks on this are incredible

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 6 November 2015 22:07 (two years ago) Permalink

or four rather. great album

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 6 November 2015 22:09 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^

Tim F, Friday, 6 November 2015 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

have you guys heard the singles he's released over the past year or so?

lex pretend, Friday, 6 November 2015 23:55 (two years ago) Permalink

any time you have a lex/Tim f/scick mouthy/murgatroid/ Ronan/ Matt dc/ Dominique/ stirmonster/ brad nelson consensus you know it's gonna be wonderful

gr8080, Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:14 (two years ago) Permalink

first weekend of November is such a perfect time for this to emerge too

gr8080, Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:15 (two years ago) Permalink

have you guys heard the singles he's released over the past year or so?

yeah! i like "nuits sonores" and "montparnasse," but i've never really loved this guy as much as kinda just respected what he did. i love that for the full length he totally luxuriated into fusion and space, which is really weird bc 1) i usually am not into that lp approach in dance music 2) i especially wasn't expecting to love it here but it's so... gorgeous?

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah i sort of see the big singles and the album as fulfilling different functions - like while it's fun and awesome when one of his earlier tracks like "sais" temporarily launches off into intergalactic jazz travel, it's differently awesome how the album just sits in that zone.

Tim F, Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:42 (two years ago) Permalink

nuits sonores is very good & brad otm

gr8080, Saturday, 7 November 2015 00:46 (two years ago) Permalink

The collab album with Mahmoud Guinia is excellent

welltris (crüt), Saturday, 7 November 2015 01:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Not heard anything else yet but looking forward to - at the moment the instant-gratification part of my brane is telling me I'd like more tracks like Peroration Six, or for the ambient-y ones in the midsection to have a house beat dropped over them, and hopefully the earlier singles will satiate this desire. (I have a strong hunch that in the fullness of time I'll be glad of the juxtaposition of the ambient-y, Tangerine-Dream stuff with the jazziness.)

Main other thoughts at the moment = he plays with dynamics really nicely; there's a really beautiful swell of sound in the opening track, and this seems triangulated to hit all my sweet-spots at once; Tom Skinner drums on it, he's mates with Four Tet etc, and he keeps talking about Laughing Stock. What's not to like?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 7 November 2015 08:47 (two years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard this but then i realised i had left soundcloud playing so i was listening to a dj mix simultaneously happens to me all the time. i get frequent "wow! this producer is really pushing the boundaries of dance music" moments only to realise, no, it's just yet another dull as ditchwater tech house track. i will check out the new floating points album simultaneously playing along the next time i'm wading through dance promos for a potentially more interesting experience.

hahaha - two wildly different tracks playing at once, it's the undiscovered country!

gonna give this record a proper listen today - i have some cleaning to do. #life

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 7 November 2015 10:39 (two years ago) Permalink

This album is absolutely incredible on headphones, there's so much detail lurking in there even among the minimal arpeggiated Snooze For Love one.

What this reminds me of more than anything is a Hatchback album, that sense of something beautiful unfolding very slowly and just luxuriating in it throughout. I like it a lot more than his more dancefloor oriented singles because his slightly wonky approach to rhythm works much better in this context.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 November 2015 11:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Also "mates with Four Tet" is completely meaningless at this point because he is mates with pretty much everyone including Terror Danjah and Skrillex.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 November 2015 11:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Like I think initially approaching this as Balearic is probably the single best way to listen to it, as far as managing expectations goes.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 November 2015 11:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Think I must be alone in liking his earlier, housier stuff! I much prefer the Shadows e.p. to this new one (although the last track *is* incredible)

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 7 November 2015 12:35 (two years ago) Permalink

album really reminds me of this (song and album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwmT8b39aQY

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 7 November 2015 13:15 (two years ago) Permalink

hell yeah

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 November 2015 15:53 (two years ago) Permalink

it's making me think of this a lot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFM3WFt0LVQ

gr8080, Saturday, 7 November 2015 18:15 (two years ago) Permalink

hell yeah x2

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 November 2015 18:46 (two years ago) Permalink

hmm i was not going to check this out but if it sounds like "north beach" ... wonder if kirk degiorgio is into it ...

the late great, Sunday, 8 November 2015 06:53 (two years ago) Permalink

i do like this album but it's still not blowing me away in comparison to "nuits sonores", "wires" etc

lex pretend, Sunday, 8 November 2015 11:08 (two years ago) Permalink

"Silhouettes" is the big keeper here; the rest makes a very good Sunday morning soundtrack, and sometimes that's all I need.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 8 November 2015 12:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Listened to King Bromeliad/Montparnasse and Nuits Sonores this morning. Very nice indeed.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 9 November 2015 13:08 (two years ago) Permalink

only heard bits of this but just made me think of old 4hero

StillAdvance, Monday, 9 November 2015 22:01 (two years ago) Permalink

"Nuits Sonores" is gorgeous and lush. Very happy to have finally heard this guy. The album's obviously very different to the singles, but I'm very glad that both aspects of what he's doing exist.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I'd like to like this album but it's pretty dull really.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 14:31 (two years ago) Permalink

ARP3 is his real classic.

ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:16 (two years ago) Permalink

only heard bits of this but just made me think of old 4hero

still haven't heard this but maybe i need to!!!

he's doing the essential mix this weekend

the late great, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:04 (two years ago) Permalink

tlg plz listen to it

gr8080, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:56 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

really digging elaenia -- parts of it definitely drop out of my consciousness/fade into the background if I'm not paying deliberate attention, but not in a bad way. Love the way so much of the album just gradually and smoothly evolves along.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 12 December 2015 05:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I think the fusion guy it actually reminds me of most is jan hammer

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 12 December 2015 05:20 (two years ago) Permalink

so this is the shit, huh?

the late great, Saturday, 12 December 2015 06:20 (two years ago) Permalink

definitive soundtrack to my long late evening dog walks for the last 4 weeks.

gr8080, Saturday, 12 December 2015 07:31 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Holy shit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWukZiutO6Q

Evan, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:40 (one year ago) Permalink

This is so incredible

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Thursday, 4 February 2016 19:55 (one year ago) Permalink

just discovering this stuff -- elaenia is pretty amazing!

tylerw, Thursday, 4 February 2016 20:00 (one year ago) Permalink

that's a very impressive live performance too!

niels, Saturday, 6 February 2016 14:20 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

new EP Kuiper
https://soundcloud.com/floatingpoints/kuiper

starts out like it might be a variation on the last album's sound, but this one is more krautrock/post-rock. (Or radiohead rock.)

Dominique, Thursday, 19 May 2016 01:53 (one year ago) Permalink

FUCKING LUSH

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:11 (one year ago) Permalink

This is exactly what I was hoping there'd be more of on the album last year, after Peroration 6 was the first thing I heard. Super pleased.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Last five minutes goes a bit Dave Gilmour but I can totally forgive that for the 13 minutes of jazz techno kraut that precedes it.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:02 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Getting quite a Where You Go I Go Too vibe from Kuiper.

Matt DC, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:52 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

anyone know if he plays w live band on current tour?

niels, Monday, 27 June 2016 21:52 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, played with a band at the festival I saw him at last weekend

Number None, Monday, 27 June 2016 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

nice, hope to see him live this week

niels, Monday, 27 June 2016 23:32 (one year ago) Permalink

New EP's quite nice, think I like it more than the album.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 June 2016 23:37 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Agree w/Ned, and it feels more like a mini-album than an EP to me. B-side is great too, would absolutely not mind more in this vein

Dominique, Friday, 29 July 2016 13:57 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...
six months pass...

So his new thing is out today - Reflections Mojave Desert. 5 tracks over 27 minutes recorded in the mojave desert as a 5-piece band. Two long (7 and 10 minutes) psychedelic prog jazz grooves, and three ambient-y explorations of what happens if you fiddle with an organ in the desert and approach it as a post-doc field recording project.

Ordered it weeks ago from his site and it arrived yesterday. Silurian Blue the 7-minute track, got a bit of play on 6music a while ago, and is pretty indicative (of course; there are only four other tracks!).

Headphones, though, wow. This sounds like nothing else I've ever heard. Not like a live album, not like a studio record. It's pretty slight in many ways (and he really is just doing instrumental prog now), but I also wouldn't want it to be any longer.

Comes with a DVD of s short film of the band playing and Sam wandering around with a field recording mic in the desert, which I've not watched yet.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 June 2017 05:45 (five months ago) Permalink

The 10-minute track, Kelso Dunes, reaches somewhere he's not quite been before, whilst also being a logical kin to Kuiper etc.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 30 June 2017 05:46 (five months ago) Permalink

Headphones, though, wow. This sounds like nothing else I've ever heard. Not like a live album, not like a studio record. It's pretty slight in many ways (and he really is just doing instrumental prog now), but I also wouldn't want it to be any longer.

I'm having difficulty reconciling the two halves of this paragraph and tbh your description doesn't riveting tbh, he doesn't need to go any further in that direction.

I had this all queued up for my Friday morning commute but that's prime listening real estate so I'll give it a go on Sunday morning instead.

Matt DC, Friday, 30 June 2017 08:11 (five months ago) Permalink

new album is the best thing he has done IMO. less brainy but all the better for it. one of my favourite things ive heard this year. lots of daft punk style synth work (i dont know the exact synth but they used it a lot on RAM), and some gorgeous guitar. not seen the film but its very replayable. also perfect for summer.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 6 July 2017 10:56 (five months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

OK this meddle/dark side shit on "reflections" is AWESOME. what a champion.

brimstead, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:09 (two months ago) Permalink

New track out today, download and (weird) 12". Ratio. 19 minutes. Which is why it's weird on vinyl, cos it's split somehow? Anyway, it's long, it's proggy, but it's NOT krauty / jazzy like the Reflections or Kuiper; it's much more house-y again, like a fusion of the early singles with Elaenia. Very nice indeed off a couple of listens. He's very tasteful, isn't he?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:31 (one month ago) Permalink

And why not? Said song:

https://soundcloud.com/floatingpoints/ratio-full-mix

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 October 2017 19:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Might be the best thing he’s done.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 19 October 2017 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink


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