Brand new double A-sided single from Floating Points, aka British electronica artist Sam Shepherd. Released on the inimitable Ninja Tune label on 12” vinyl, ‘LesAlpx’ and ‘Coorabell’ are the first pieces of new music from Shepherd in the two years since his soundtrack to 2017 short film Reflections - Mojave Desert.
Vinyl 12" £12.25 ZEN12517
12" on Ninja Tune.
Floating Points. The only person powerful enough to make the kids listen to prog. He and black midi should have statues built for them for their ability to make the uncool cool (in case you haven’t heard, black midi are the hot new math rock band on the block). And all this while completing a neuroscience PhD and being that sort of weird tier of DJ that is loved by heads and hedonists alike. Sam Shepherd, take a bow.
‘LesAlpx / Coorabell’ is the first Floating Points release since ‘Reflections - Mojave Desert’ a soundtrack to a short film about the bit of landscape of the same name (this is an extremely prog thing to do). It’s a double a side of slightly more club ready tracks, that none-the-less his capacity for spinning narratives.
‘LesAlpx’ is built on an insistent bass line that brings to mind ‘Sun’, Caribou’s prog-dance masterpiece. It holds pretty much the same rhythm for the track’s entire length, changing tone and shape to keep the momentum going. It’s accompanied by a gently shuffling drum pattern and the occasional ascending synth melody. Eventually the bass line drops out for a bit and is replaced by New Age keys, leaving it all feeling a bit Tangerine Dream-y. Prog.
‘Coorabell’ is the chiller of the two tracks, morphing from slightly stilted drums to smooth looping synths. It eventually starts sounding a bit... wet. Sounds sloshing up against each other, but never mixing. Shepherd is a bit too neat for that. And yeah, this one’s a bit prog too.
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