Composer, electronic musician and producer Sam Shepherd (aka Floating Points) crafts a euphoric live show, immersing the audience in spontaneous energy.
London-based composer, electronic musician and producer Sam Shepherd began Floating Points in 2008, playing out early white-label singles in clubs like Plastic People and Fabric. Emerging from the UK bass scene, he formed Eglo Records in 2009.
Shepherd released his breakout, esteemed debut Elaenia in 2015 on his subsequent label Pluto Records. He composed and recorded the album, which bridged the gap between rapturous dance music and his formative classical and jazz roots. In 2017 Shepherd put out Reflections – Mojave Desert, a short film and accompanying soundtrack performed by the ambient yet anthemic Floating Points band, and Ratio, an epic track bordering on 19 minutes that harks back to his earlier dance floor focussed releases. This was followed up in 2019 with the equally lauded Crush, combining complex buchla synthesizer with classical sensibilities that earned him Best New Music reviews in Pitchfork and led to his biggest headline show to date at London’s Printworks.
Promises, Floating Points’ latest album (released in March 2021), is a continuous 46-minute-piece composed by Shepherd and featuring Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra. It has been hailed as 'one of the greatest modern jazz albums' by Resident Advisor and received five star reviews from the likes of The Times and The Guardian, reaching number six in the UK charts.
Floating Points' live sets bring the many sides of Shepherd together, resulting in an epic live show full of immediate, spontaneous energy that immerses people in the music.
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