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Marilyn
Marilyn (12")
Cat: EGLO 013. Rel: 25 Nov 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Marylin (7:30)
  2. Farukx (6:34)
Review: Eglo continues to offer up choice reissues of killer cuts from the back catalogue of Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points. The latest to get the treatment is 2011 12" Marilyn, which appeared at a time when Shepherd was just beginning to expand his sound palette following a few years of distinctively-swung deep house singles. The title track still boasts the distinctive, jammed-out synthesizer lead lines that were then a hallmark of his productions, as well as the shuffling house beats that we all love dearly, but also makes use of lots of extra percussion, Motor City-influenced chords and some sweet scat singing. Flipside 'Farukx' is a little more revolutionary, with the Eglo co-founder wrapping jazz-fired broken beats in drowsy chords, twinkling synth sounds and wavy female vocal snippets. Likethe A-side, it's one of Shepherd's best.
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Ratio (Deconstructed Mixes)
Cat: FPL 03V. Rel: 20 Oct 17
Deep House
  1. Ratio (part II Organ) (19:02)
  2. Ratio (part II dub) (7:37)
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Reflections: Mojave Desert
Reflections: Mojave Desert (gatefold LP + DVD + 16 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: RE 01LP. Rel: 30 Jun 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Mojave Desert (2:25)
  2. Silurian Blue (6:27)
  3. Kites (3:17)
  4. Kelso Dunes (11:47)
  5. Lucerne Valley (3:18)
  6. Reflections: Mojave Desert (DVD)
Review: Since releasing his first Floating Points record back in 2009, Sam Shepherd has constantly surprised. Predictably, he's done it again with Reflections: Mojave Desert, an album created from impromptu recordings of his live band made during a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Inspired by their surroundings and the natural environment, Shepherd's ensemble have created a five-track set - and accompanying Super 8 film, shot and edited by the band's traveling visual artist - that's as atmospheric as anything the producer has released to date. While a unique proposition with its own distinctive vibe, the tracks variously touch on ambient, new age, spiritual jazz, woozy electronica, post-rock and the kind of Stockhausen-inspired experimentalism explored on Ragnar Grippe's recently reissued "Sand".
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Elaenia
Elaenia (CD)
Cat: FPCD 01. Rel: 06 Nov 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Nespole
  2. Silhouettes I, II & III
  3. Elaenia
  4. Argente
  5. Thin Air
  6. For Marmish
  7. Peroration Six
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Elaenia
Elaenia (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FPLP 01. Rel: 06 Nov 15
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Nespole (4:53)
  2. Silhouettes (I, II &III) (11:02)
  3. Elaenia (7:03)
  4. Argente (4:36)
  5. Thin Air (3:56)
  6. For Marmish (5:40)
  7. Peroration Six (5:11)
Review: We've been waiting on this one since "J&W Beat" six years ago; there's something about Floating Points sound that instantly lends itself to full-length album immersion. It's clear he feels this way too; using the album to delve deeper into electronic deconstructions and delicate ensemble arrangements. At its most adventurous and contemporary classical "Argente" is up there with Frahm, at is dreamiest and jazz-influenced "For Marmish" is a deeply cosmic affair with disparate chords making more sense than they perhaps should. At its most traditional Floating Points we hit the finale "Perotation Six" where the brushed drums are buried under layers of sound and elements in a way that's not dissimilar to Radiohead. Well worth the wait.
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Promises
Promises (gatefold 140 gram vinyl LP + insert in die-cut sleeve repress)
Cat: LB 97LP. Rel: 10 Sep 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Promises (Movement 1) (1:16)
  2. Promises (Movement 2) (3:56)
  3. Promises (Movement 3) (3:16)
  4. Promises (Movement 4) (3:39)
  5. Promises (Movement 5) (6:06)
  6. Promises (Movement 6) (8:25)
  7. Promises (Movement 7) (3:26)
  8. Promises (Movement 8) (9:57)
  9. Promises (Movement 9) (5:43)
Review: RECOMMENDED
Last October, acclaimed saxophonist Pharoah Sanders turned 80 years young, and his input on this album is testimony to the fact he has clearly aged like a fine wine. Not that this is to suggest preceding outings were anything less worthy than this collaborative project, which sees Sam Shepherd, the British electronic artist better known to most as Floating Points, write nine spectacular arrangements which are then performed by said brass legend, alongside The London Symphony Orchestra.

The results are spectacular, and wildly far-reaching, albeit firmly rooted in jazz with classical undertones. From the movements that made this final cut, some are whisper quiet and delicate to the point of risking breaking off if you were handling haphazardly. Others are booming loud, musical jumbo jets landing at the end of another great crescendo. Whether hushed or monumental, though, we can feel every note and bar of this masterpiece.
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Promises
Promises (CD)
Cat: LB 97CD. Rel: 26 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Promises (Movement 1)
  2. Promises (Movement 2)
  3. Promises (Movement 3)
  4. Promises (Movement 4)
  5. Promises (Movement 5)
  6. Promises (Movement 6)
  7. Promises (Movement 7)
  8. Promises (Movement 8)
  9. Promises (Movement 9)
Review: Over the years, Sam Shepheard's work as Floating Points has become increasingly ambitious, moving further away from his dancefloor roots and closer to spiritual jazz, new age and neo-classical. Even so, it was still a surprise when Shepheard announced Promises, a 46-minute piece in 10 "movements" featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. It's an undeniably remarkable piece all told; a constantly evolving fusion of neo-classical ambience, spiritual jazz and starry, synthesizer-laden soundscapes notable not only for Sanders' sublime sax-playing and Shepheard's memorable melodic themes, but also the intricate, detailed nature of the musical arrangements. It's a stunningly beautiful and life-affirming piece all told, and one that deserves your full attention.
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Late Night Tales
Late Night Tales (heavyweight vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: ALNLP 52. Rel: 29 Mar 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Sarah Davachi - "Untitled" (live In Portland - Excerpt) (7:02)
  2. Carlos Walker - "Via Lactea" (3:15)
  3. The Rationals - "Glowin'" (4:16)
  4. William S Fischer - "Chains" (4:31)
  5. Max Roach - "Equipoise" (6:20)
  6. Abu Talib - "Blood Of An American" (4:22)
  7. Sweet & Innocent - "Express Your Love" (2:52)
  8. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls - "A Message Especially From God" (3:43)
  9. A Message Especially From God - "A Message Especially From God" (4:52)
  10. Alain Bellaiche - "Sun Blues" (1:52)
  11. Alain Bellaiche - "Sea Fluorescent" (6:30)
  12. Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Moments In Love" (Excerpt) (9:16)
  13. Azimuth - "The Tunnel" (9:12)
  14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Milk" (Excerpt) (5:50)
  15. Toshimaru Nakamura - "Nimb#59" (3:40)
  16. Floating Points - "The Sweet Time Suite" (part 1 - Opening - Exclusive Kenny Wheeler Cover version) (2:52)
  17. Lauren Laverne - "Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (2:50)
Review: Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points has long been known as a producer, DJ and selector with a staggeringly good record collection. It's for this reason that his edition of "Late Night Tales", a series dedicated to the joys of post-club home listening, has been so eagerly anticipated. The resultant mix is a triumph, with Shepherd showcasing a largely rare and obscure mix of new age ambient, high-grade jazz, sumptuous folk-soul (see Abu Talib's impeccable "Blood Of An American"), psychedelic soul weirdness, intergalactic jazz-funk, Satie-style piano movements and the drowsy, liquid electronics of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The set also includes a handful of exclusive tracks, including a wonderful new Floating Points cover of Kenny Wheeler's "The Sweet Time Suite (Part I - Opening)". In a word: essential.
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Late Night Tales
Late Night Tales (mixed CD)
Cat: ALNCD 52. Rel: 29 Mar 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Sarah Davachi - "Track 1" (live In Portland - Excerpt - Exclusive track)
  2. Carlos Walker - "Via Lactea"
  3. The Rationals - "Glowin'"
  4. William S Fischer - "Chains"
  5. Max Roach - "Equipoise"
  6. Abu Talib (Bobby Wright) - "Blood Of An American"
  7. Sweet & Innocent - "Express Your Love"
  8. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls - "A Message Especially From God"
  9. The Defaulters - "Gentle Man"
  10. Alain Bellaiche - "Sun Blues"
  11. Alain Bellaiche - "Sea Fluorescent"
  12. Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Moments In Love" (Excerpt)
  13. Azimuth - "The Tunnel"
  14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Milk" (Excerpt)
  15. Toshimaru Nakamura - "Nimb#59" (Exclusive track)
  16. Floating Points - "The Sweet Time Suite" (part 1 - Opening - Exclusive Kenny Wheeler Cover version)
  17. Lauren Laverne - "Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)
Review: Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points has long been known as a producer, DJ and selector with a staggeringly good record collection. It's for this reason that his edition of "Late Night Tales", a series dedicated to the joys of post-club home listening, has been so eagerly anticipated. The resultant mix is a triumph, with Shepherd showcasing a largely rare and obscure mix of new age ambient, high-grade jazz, sumptuous folk-soul (see Abu Talib's impeccable "Blood Of An American"), psychedelic soul weirdness, intergalactic jazz-funk, Satie-style piano movements and the drowsy, liquid electronics of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The set also includes a handful of exclusive tracks, including a wonderful new Floating Points cover of Kenny Wheeler's "The Sweet Time Suite (Part I - Opening)". In a word: essential.
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