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Released: 18.10.19






London based producer Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points returns with his latest long-player, Crush, released on Ninja Tunes Records on 18th October

In contrast to the staggering five year period it took to complete his debut release Elaenia, this new album was shaped in an intensive five week stretch, inspired by the invigorating improvisation of his shows supporting The XX in 2017. Shepherd has commented that Crush evokes a slow violence, and that assessment can be heard perfectly on album opener, Falaise, a stammering cacophonous fiend of a track that brings to mind a tense and heavily synthesised Philip Glass.  Working in shades of light and dark, he blends bleep and beat heavy big room bangers, such as Last Bloom and the striking and utterly exquisite lead single, Les Alpx, with more haunting and introspective moments to dazzling effect.  As far from run of the mill electronica as it’s possible to get, Floating Points has made a record that is claustrophobic, exhilarating and remarkably immersive in equal parts, blurring the lines between genres to produce a groggy and hypnotic work that pulls you in and keeps you listening. Crush is a brave and ambitious record.


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