Floating Points live on KEXP

End of lasst May, while touring through the United States, Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points played a extended live session on Seattle radio station KEXP. Running for over 45 minutes, the session includes the two cuts from his album Elaenia, as well as his brand-new single Kuiper released a couple of weeks ago.

If you’re stateside, you can catch Floating Points and band on further dates in late August and September. This tweet has all the details!

Floating Points – Kuiper

A little more than half a year after Sam Shepherd released his debut-album as Floating Points, the London-based musician and producer just announced the next release on his own Pluto label. “Kuiper” is the title track of the EP of the same name, an eighteen-and-half-minute long, what sounds to me like the result of an incredible band jam. For the last couple of weeks, Sam has been touring North America for a live tour with band mates including Eglo’s own Kirkis on guitar, Jim Orso (East Coast dates only) and Leo Taylor on drums, Susumu Mukai on bass, and Alex Reeve on guitar. After my first listen, I started wild guessing who else might be on the record: James Holden, Four Tet, maybe Caribou?

Floating Points Live-band

Catch Floating Points with his band live across his remaining dates, and mark your calendars on July 22nd, the release date of the new Kuiper EP.

Update: The date above applies to the vinyl only, the digital release is available now!

Floating Points – Nectarines

Nectarines is the b-side of of Nuits Sonores and the EP holding both tracks is available digitally as of today, with the vinyl release following next week. You can pick up the download from the Eglo Bandcamp, Bleep, iTunes and maybe the digital store of your choice. Pre-orders for the vinyl at the former two stores include an instant download!

Floating Points – Nuits Sonores

Say hello to a new track from Floating Points, who continues to release EPs rather than treating us with some bigger work. But let’s don’t take the second half of the previous sentence too serious, if that was a complaint it was clearly on a very high level. The Eglo Records co-founder has won my heart since his very first releases, each shining for its high quality productions. This new one continues in that tradition, as you can hear for yourself.

The digital release will be out as soon as December 8, with the vinyl shipping a couple of days before Christmas. Choose the format of your liking from the Eglo Bandcamp store.

Floating Points – King Bromeliad

London-based Eglo Records has been gearing up lately with the release of the Dego & Kaidi EP and a the forthcoming new album from Shafiq Husayn. Yet, here’s what’s quite possible the cherry on top of it all, new original music from label co-founder Floating Points. Never shy to throw a party or share amazing DJ sets, it’s actually been a full year since we last got new music from the man, when Wires was released on the Eglo compilation (and later on vinyl.)

“King Bromeliad” and its b-side “Montparnasse” will form the 37th release on the label which will be out soon!

Floating Points – Wires

Wow, it’s been —almost to the day— two years since we last heard an original Floating Points production, but he’s making it up with 11 minutes of the most enchanting music. The track is one of the exclusives taken from the forthcoming Eglo Records Vol. 1, a 2-CD compilation celebrating the label’s fourth anniversary. It will be in stores at the end of this month on April 29th and there’ll also be a little celebration in June at London’s Jazz Cafe. I’ve been wondering if the track above should be labeled Floating Points Ensemble, but it’s too hard to decipher on the press shots and I haven’t found a tracklist yet.

Floating Points in Brazil

Not so long ago, Floating Points paid a visit to São Paulo and my man Tahira took him to Zico’s record store. Between digging for records, they did this interview you can watch below.

Upon his return to London, Floating Points played some of his purchases on Rinse FM. Fortunately, you can still listen to that show online!

Floating Points Ensemble – Post Suite

Floating Points Ensemble - Post Suite

Cover Artwork

In just two weeks time, Ninja Tune will release the anticipated Post Suite/Almost in Profile by London’s Floating Points Ensemble. You heard both tracks, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, on Ninja Tune’s anniversary compilaton from earlier this year. For the first time they are available on 10-inch vinyl and give a first glimpse of what to expect from the full album.

A. Post Suite
B. Almost in Profile

You can already buy the digital release, the record will follow on December 13, 2010. Though it seems If Music already got some copies.

(via Mr Beatnick)

XLR8R Podcast by Floating Points

Just in time for the weekend comes the latest podcast from XLR8R Magazine mixed by one of the most gifted producers out there right now: Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points.01. Flora Purim – Encounters
02. Deniece Williams – Slip Away
03. Esther Philips – Home Is Where the Hatred Is
04. Windy City – (So You Think) Somethin’s Missin’
05. James Brown – Mind Power
06. Gil Scott-Heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane
07. Brian Auger & Oblivion Express – Whenever You’re Ready
08. Willie Bobo – Sixty-Two Fifty
09. Chick Corea & Return to Forever – Captain Marvel
10. Kuniyuki – Precious Hall (Dub)
11. Larry Heard – Missing You
12. Herbert – Suddenly
13. Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl Is a Computer (Kyle Hall Oats B So Deep Remix)
14. Floating Points – Shark Chase
15. Pharoah Sanders – Greeting To Saud (Brother McCoy Tyner)

You know you have to get this one. All you need to do is decide between the M4A and the MP3 version.

April 3, 2010 In case you have problems with the download-link, try this one

Four Tet – Sing

Record Sleeve

Four Tet’s new single “Sing” is the second taken from his impressive album There Is Love In You and with no doubt one of its strongest tracks.

On the previous 12-inch, Kieran Hebden already proved a good hand by picking Joy Orbison for a remix. This time he tops that choice with Floating Points, easily one of the most gifted producers emerging last year, and he delivers an epic 14-minutes version of Sing.

A. Four Tet – Sing (Extended Mix)
B. Four Tet – Sing (Floating Points Remix)

You can buy the vinyl from Bleep or directly from the Domino label, Juno currently sells the digital files only.

Floating Points – People's Potential

Eglo Records has just put out a super-limited new release from Floating Points. Only 500 pieces of the single-sided 12-inch are available, so hurry up and get yourself a copy from Bleep or Juno.

While Eglo announced there will be no represses this time, an official two-sided 12-inch will follow later this March. The b-side is an all new track called “Shark Chase”. Also coming this year are remixes for Bonobo, Dennis Ferrer, Four Tet and others.

Floating Points 7-inch

Here is a record that should sell quickly! The debut from Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points comes in the form of a 7-inch record on the Eglo label, limited to 500 copies only. His productions were featured by the usual suspects Benji B and Gilles Peterson, and his mix for the Mary Anne Hobbs show in January was already dubbed a first contender for mix of the year.

You can now order his record at Bleep, or listen to Sam’s tracks and mixtapes on his Soundcloud page (thanks Creaminal).

While we’re at it, let me also mention Paul White, the second producer featured on the show mentioned above. You might want to grab his mixtapes as well.