New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has today shared his first new track since 2017 in the form of 'LesAlpx', the A-side of a new 12" vinyl coming July 12.
Shepherd plays a string of live and DJ dates taking place in summer/autumn this year including an all day set at London's Fabric. Full dates are below.
'LesAlpx' arrives as the next step in a career that has positioned Shepherd as one of electronic music's most surprising, innovative and uncompromising artists. The track's undeniable groove recalls breakout tracks like 'Nuits Sonores' which took over dancefloors around the world while simultaneously driving forward with the sophisticated craftsmanship and depth of production that has gained Floating Points respect far beyond the clubbing community.
Speaking of the track Shepherd says:
"I started going back to my early records and all the sounds I loved playing at clubs like Fabric and Plastic People. I wanted to capture the immediacy of that music and the feeling that I got when I was on the dancefloor, of being immersed in a track that pulls you along instantly. I actually made these tracks 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."
Shepherd's 2015 debut album Elaenia was critically adored, proving the depth of his influences and skill in drawing on them whilst being utterly singular. Elaenia was awarded 'Album of The Year' at Resident Advisor and featured on many best of the year lists including Pitchfork, who named it 'Best New Music' with an 8.4 review, and The Guardian who gave it a rare 5/5. It prompted Rolling Stone to deem him "one of contemporary music's most forward-thinking talents." Since then Shepherd has continued to explore his sound with other notable releases including his short film and soundtrack Reflections - Mojave Desert, "a beautiful, psych-prog meditation" according to NPR Music. 2017 single 'Ratio' was Annie
Mac's Hottest Record In The World.
Following the success of Elaenia, Floating Points has gone on to take his live shows to the biggest venues and festivals the world has to offer including Coachella, Glastonbury, Primavera and Pitchfork Fest Europe. As his live show continues to evolve, Floating Points maintains a reputation as an exceptional curator and global DJ. This was solidified earlier this year with his Late Night Tales compilation which received widespread praise.
'LesAlpx' is out now, its B-side 'Coorabell' and 12" vinyl will be released via Ninja
Tune on 12th July, pre-order here.
5 Jul - Brussels, BE @ C12 (all night)
6 Jul - Glasgow @ Melting Pot
7 Jul - London @ Fabric (all day)
19 Jul - Barcelona, ES @ Sonar (6-hour set)
21 Jul - Amsterdam, NL @ Festimi Woodstock (all day) SOLD OUT
27 Jul - Apulia, IT @ Polifonic
8 Aug - Norfolk @ Houghton Festival
13 Sep - Lisbon, PT @ Nova Batida
27 Sep - Milan, IT @ I WANT TO LIKE YOU BUT I FIND IT DIFFICULT
18 Oct - Amsterdam, NL @ ADE
12" Vinyl Tracklist out 12th July:
A1. LesAlpx (Extended)
bundle track list out 12th July:
2. LesAlpx (Extended)