You might know Sam Shepherd, a 24-year-old London producer—for his maxis as Floating Points for Eglo, R2 and Planet Mu. Shepherd moves through that territory where the most tempered dubstep, abstract beats, cosmic house and synth-influenced boogie converge. Before setting himself to producing electronic tracks in his bedroom, Shepherd worked in the field of so-called classical music, first learning classical piano and singing at the Manchester Cathedral Choir, and then plunging into more jazzy waters. This early experiences are what Shepherd evokes with his Floating Points Ensemble project.
In May last year, Shepherd performed with a 13-piece orchestra—vibraphone, strings and brass co-existing with synths, Rhodes pianos, guitar, bass and percussion—at London’s The Roundhouse. He repeated the experience a few months later—that time around with a 16-piece orchestra—at Maida Vale Studios with the help of radio guru Gilles Peterson. Everyone was so delighted with those two performances that the ensemble ended up renting the legendary Abbey Road Studios for a week.
The first fruits of the sessions were included on Ninja Tune’s anniversary box set. Now, with the thousands of souls that weren’t able to lay their hands on a copy of that pricey compilation chest in mind, the Ninja family announces the upcoming release of a 10” featuring “Almost in Profile” and “Post Suite”, the first two pieces of Floating Points Ensemble. In stores as of 13t December. Floating Points Ensemble - Post Suite