Floating Points

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Floating Points
Shepherd performing in Montreal, 2011
Shepherd performing in Montreal, 2011
Background information
Birth nameSam Shepherd
BornManchester, England, UK
GenresElectronic
Years active2008–present
LabelsEglo Records
Luaka Bop
Ninja Tune
Websitefloatingpoints.co.uk

Sam Shepherd, known professionally as Floating Points, is a British electronic producer, DJ, and musician. He is the co-founder of Eglo Records and leader of 16-piece group called Floating Points Ensemble.

Biography[edit]

Raised in Manchester, England, Shepherd studied piano at Chetham's School of Music[1] before receiving a PhD in neuroscience and epigenetics at University College London.[2] He worked as a DJ at Plastic People, a London club, in the late 2000s.[3] Shepherd's musical influences include Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, and Bill Evans.[3] Shepherd began releasing work under the Floating Points moniker in 2008.[4] He toured with The xx in 2017.[5]

In a 2015 interview, Shepherd stated that he owned approximately 10,000 records.[6]

Floating Points Ensemble[edit]

Shepherd has previously performed with a 16-piece live incarnation of Floating Points, entitled the Floating Points Ensemble. The group won an award for "Best BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Session".[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Soundtrack albums[edit]

  • Reflections – Mojave Desert (2017)[10]

Compilation albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Vacuum EP (2009)
  • Shadows EP (2011)
  • Kuiper (2016)

Singles[edit]

  • "J&W Beat" (2009)
  • "Love Me Like This" (2009)
  • "For You" (2009)
  • "People's Potential" / "Shark Chase" (2010)
  • "Post Suite" / "Almost in Profile" (2010) (as Floating Points Ensemble)
  • "Sais (Dub)" (2011)
  • "Marilyn" (2011)
  • "Danger" (2011)
  • "King Bromeliad" / "Montparnasse" (2014)
  • "Sparkling Controversy" (2014)
  • "Nuits Sonores" / "Nectarines" (2014)
  • "Kuiper" (2016)
  • "For Marmish Part II" (2016)
  • "Silurian Blue" (2017)
  • "Ratio" (2017)
  • "LesAlpx" (2019)
  • "Last Bloom" (2019)
  • "Anasickmodular" (2019)
  • "Bias" (2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (29 October 2015). "I DJ, therefore I am: Floating Points on musical experiments and marathon sets". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ Titmus, Stephen (3 November 2015). "Floating Points: Extraordinary lengths". Resident Advisor. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b Bromwich, Jonah Engel (16 October 2019). "Floating Points, Electronic Music's King of Pain". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  4. ^ Jeffries, David. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 9 June 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (17 October 2019). "Floating Points review, Crush: An insight into Sam Shepherd's brilliant mind". The Independent. Archived from the original on 26 November 2020. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  6. ^ Dombal, Ryan (14 September 2015). "Floating Points: Braindance". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Eglo Records". Eglo Records. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy (6 November 2015). "Elaenia". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 7 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  9. ^ Minsker, Evan (28 August 2019). "Floating Points Announces New Album Crush, Shares New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Reflections – Mojave Desert by Floating Points on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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