Floating Points is the DJ, producer and composer whose real name is Sam Shepherd. He spent five years engineering his debut album ‘Elaenia’ (released in 2015), while deejaying in cities across the world and working with his PhD in neuroscience. Last year’s follow-up took him five weeks make. Partly a return to the club music he grew up with, ‘Crush’ mixes beats-building with a more contemplative side off his composing skills. Synthesizers such as Buchla, Eurorach and Rhodes Chroma and support slots for The xx provided the catalysts for the record. This August, Floating Points will be bringing his live set to the Linné stage.
Though raised in Manchester, Shepherd’s music is very much shaped by the electronic music scene in London during the late 2000s. Parts of the ‘Crush’ album is the result of him going back to the songs and sounds he played at clubs such as Fabric and Plastic People. Or, as he said: ”I wanted to capture the immediacy of that music and the feeling that I got when I was on the dancefloor.”
Floating Points will play at Way Out West on Saturday August 15.