Ninja Tune are very proud to announce that the first record by the hotly tipped Floating Points Ensemble will be released by the label on december 6th. The double-A ten inch single features two tracks by the full Ensemble recorded and mixed at the legendary Abbey Road Studios for the Ninja Tune XX twentieth anniversary celebration.
Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has been wowing th electronic music world since his self-released debut 7″ single came out early in 2009. Releasing predominantly on Eglo records (which he runs alongside Rinse Fm’s Alexander Nut) as well as Planet Mu and R2, Shepherd’s productions have earned him the support of such luminaries as Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Benji B, Ramadanman, Four Tet, Kode 9 and Mary Anne Hobbs. What’s less well known, perhaps, is that Shepherd is also classically trained, an aspect of his character which is allowed full rein when writing, composing and arranging for the Floating Points Ensemble. The 16 piece group led by Shepherd recently won last year’s ‘Best Maida Vale Session’ at Gilles Peterson’s ‘Worldwide Awards’ and this spring spent a week at Abbey Road recording the music contained on this release.
The results are sumptuous and soulful, Fatima Bramme Sey’s voice literally floating above massed strings, percussion and Shepherd’s interventions on Fender Rhodes. A beautiful suite of music which confirms Sam Shepherd’s role as a key player in modern British music.
Floating Points Ensemble – Post Suite / Almost In Profile
(Promo CD/10″) Ninja Tune ZENCDS278P/ZEN10278, 2010-12-06
A1. Post Suite
B1. Almost In Profile
Violin: Qian Wu & Charlotte Bonneton
Viola: Matt Kettle
Cello: Magda Pietraszewska
Flute: Renate Sokolovska
Saxophone: James Gardiner-Bateman
Trumpet: Freddie Gavita
Bass/ARP Odyssey: Olly Buxton
Guitar: Billy Adamson
Percussion: Chris Marshall
Drums: Joshua Blackmore
Vocals: Fatima Bramme Sey
Fender Rhodes/Sequential Pro One & Prophet: Sam Shepherd
Written & Arranged by Sam Shepherd
Manchester Born, London based 24 year old producer/dj/composer Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has quickly become one of the most respected and sort after musicians in modern music. Debuting in February 2009 with the limited 7 inch ‘For You/Radiality’ (Eglo records) he has gone on to establish himself as one the forerunners of today’s new dance music movement, earning the respect of his peers and contemporaries such as Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Benji B, Ramadanman, Four Tet, Kode 9 and Mary Anne Hobbes. Releasing predominantly on Eglo records (which he runs alongside Rinse Fm’s Alexander Nut) as well as Planet Mu, R2, Ninja Tune and notching up remixes and features for the likes of Domino, Ubiquity, XL, Fabric and Rinse.
The name Floating Points holds just much weight within the Dj world as its does in production, song writing and arrangement. In a short space of time Shepherd has won over crowds around the world with his strictly vinyl club sessions, spanning, house, techno, soul and disco, steadily climbing the ranks of the globes most impressive Dj’s, fuelling an indulgent record habit that regularly leads him on trips to both Chicago and Detroit.
Outside of his studio based productions and crate breaking dj sets Shepherd makes use of his classical music training, writing, composing and arranging for the Floating Points Ensemble. The 16 piece group, led by Shepherd recently won the ‘Best Maida Vale Session’ at Gilles Peterson’s ‘Worldwide Awards’. With big plans for 2011 the future is future is looking bright for Floating Points. When not writing, recording or playing music Sam Shepherd can be found in the laboratories of UCL, where is currently studying a PHD in “The Neuroscience.Of Pain”.
For You (7″) / Eglo Records, 2009
J&W Beat / Planet Mu, 2009
Love Me Like This / R2 Records, 2009
Vacuum EP (EP) / Eglo Records, 2009
People’s Potential / Eglo Records, 2010
Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – Make Me Stronger (Floating Points Ensemble Remix) / Ubiquity Records, 2009
Sebastien Tellier – L’Amour Et La Violence / L’Amour Et La Violence… / Lucky Number, 2009
Bonobo – Eyesdown / Ninja Tune, 2010
Basement Jaxx – My Feelings (Floating Points Remix) / XL Recordings, 2010
Four Tet – Sing (Floating Points Remix) / Domino Recording Company Ltd., 2010