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Anyone who still thinks that techno lacks soul hasn’t heard Sam Shepherd, a.k.a. Floating Points. The London-based DJ and producer gained some buzz after pressing white-label 12-inch bootleg singles with a remix of Sun Ra’s “I’ll Wait for You.” His 2011 EP Shadows infuses sultry house and hints of dubstep with natural-sounding rhythms and organic tones. The opening cut, “Myrtle Avenue,” starts with a muted synthesizer percolating under groovy fretless bass notes, as a Fender Rhodes electric piano and chirpy Moog dance over skip-along beats. “Obfuse” follows, with ricochet beats and handclaps tailing a high-hat and snare into a panoramic field of analog retro ambience. “Arp3” is easily the most danceable jam here, with its infectious 4/4 beat and the warm warble of what sounds like an old Wurlitzer. The closing composition, “Sais,” is a wonderful blend of sweeping synths, drum and bass beats, and half-step rhythms trimmed in dubby trappings.

Customer Reviews

What became of Jazz

Beautiful, dreamy album. Buy it for Myrtle Avenue

Arp3 won't DL for me!?!

it just keeps cycling in an infinite loop of download madness...please fix iTunes!! thanks.

Infinite repeat

I wake up to this album every morning. Great sounds.


Born: Manchester, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Known on dancefloors and tastefully progressive U.K. radio programs as Floating Points, producer and DJ Sam Shepherd applied his love for gritty funk, slick R&B, and avant-garde jazz to house, techno, and orchestral compositions that tended to be equally stimulating through club sound systems and headphones. Shepherd launched the project in 2008 by releasing some white-label singles plus a bootleg remix of Sun Ra's "I'll Wait for You." BBC DJ Gilles Peterson picked up on both and featured the two...
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