Floating Points live on KEXP

End of lasst May, while touring through the United States, Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points played a extended live session on Seattle radio station KEXP. Running for over 45 minutes, the session includes the two cuts from his album Elaenia, as well as his brand-new single Kuiper released a couple of weeks ago.

If you’re stateside, you can catch Floating Points and band on further dates in late August and September. This tweet has all the details!

Floating Points – Kuiper

A little more than half a year after Sam Shepherd released his debut-album as Floating Points, the London-based musician and producer just announced the next release on his own Pluto label. “Kuiper” is the title track of the EP of the same name, an eighteen-and-half-minute long, what sounds to me like the result of an incredible band jam. For the last couple of weeks, Sam has been touring North America for a live tour with band mates including Eglo’s own Kirkis on guitar, Jim Orso (East Coast dates only) and Leo Taylor on drums, Susumu Mukai on bass, and Alex Reeve on guitar. After my first listen, I started wild guessing who else might be on the record: James Holden, Four Tet, maybe Caribou?

Floating Points Live-band

Catch Floating Points with his band live across his remaining dates, and mark your calendars on July 22nd, the release date of the new Kuiper EP.

Update: The date above applies to the vinyl only, the digital release is available now!

Last Dance at Plastic People

I have only been to Shoreditch’s Plastic People a handful of times, but from the very beginning I could feel the magic of the place. Many legendary parties took place there, many being synonymous with the rise of a new kind of music. Co-op, FWD, Nonsense, the regular nights by Four Tet, Theo Parrish or Floating Points, even the CDR listening events will be remembered by many, and not only by Londoners. The Last Dance, literally, took place last weekend as the club closes its doors forever. What you can hear above is the 5 hours of music played during that night.

“Although Shoreditch has now become apocalyptic after 1am, Plastic People never changed. We all maintained that it’s a safe haven away from it all. The people coming down to the nights were so nice, and became regulars; suddenly it became a room full of 200 friends. You knew their dance moves, you knew the guy who screams when you played a certain track. It didn’t feel like randoms off the street.”

What you shouldn’t miss is the article the quote is taken from, in which founder Ade Fakile and resident Floating Points share their memories of the club. And there’s even more memories on Twitter under the #plasticpeople hashtag.

Plastic People, we will miss you!

Weekend Mixtapes #49

It’s been good to catch up on some mix shows lately, and I think there are a couple of stellar ones in this latest edition of weekend mixtapes.

Here’s a top 5 entry for best Hessle Audio shows of the year, as Ben UFO plays an exclusive recording by Terrence Dixon that nobody should miss, ranging from spaced out jazz to techno proper.

Mr Beatnick is joined by the rest of the Pride of Gombe pack on his NTS Radio show. Listen to 2 hours mixed b2b by Lukid, Samoyed, Astro:Dynamics, Kelpe, Adam Oko and the host of the show.

My favourite record of December turns out to be Hashman Deejay‘s debut album “Sandopolis”, released this week on the label Future Times. Had to check out some of his DJ mixes as well.  Here’s one recorded at this year’s Dekmantel Festival.

What can I say, two hours of records selected by Floating Points and Four Tet, playing their recently found records from all over the world.

And lastly, dont’t miss out on the December edition of Funkineven‘s Apron show on NTS Live.

Floating Points – Nectarines

Nectarines is the b-side of of Nuits Sonores and the EP holding both tracks is available digitally as of today, with the vinyl release following next week. You can pick up the download from the Eglo Bandcamp, Bleep, iTunes and maybe the digital store of your choice. Pre-orders for the vinyl at the former two stores include an instant download!

Floating Points – Nuits Sonores

Say hello to a new track from Floating Points, who continues to release EPs rather than treating us with some bigger work. But let’s don’t take the second half of the previous sentence too serious, if that was a complaint it was clearly on a very high level. The Eglo Records co-founder has won my heart since his very first releases, each shining for its high quality productions. This new one continues in that tradition, as you can hear for yourself.

The digital release will be out as soon as December 8, with the vinyl shipping a couple of days before Christmas. Choose the format of your liking from the Eglo Bandcamp store.

A couple of mixes

I’m not gonna let you wait until the Friday for another edition of Weekend Mixtapes, for I’ve got a couple of mixes to share with you right now!

Let’s start with the oldest in the bunch, a nice selection of Brazilian tunes put together by Floating Points. To get you in the mood for the next Brazil game or simply to have a good time. Leave a shout on Sam’s SoundCloud page if you like this!

Next up, listen to music from the private collection of Now-Again founder and Stones Throw associate Egon. Also available as video via Boiler Room LA.

Berlin Community Radio is continuously putting out quality mixes from some of my favourite artists. Most recently, they had Hyperdub-signed Laurel Halo in their studio, playing a wide selection from jazz and folk to dub techno.

Listen to a Kode9 set recorded at London’s Fabric the other day, playing what sounds like mostly records from his label Hyperdub. He also shared his Maida Vale session with Spaceape from a couple of years back.

While I’ve never met LD in real life, I’ve know him since the early days of the Brownswood Forum. His Spacebass show once started as a podcast before making the jump to London’s NTS Live. Enjoyed this one a lot when it was broadcasted the other day!

Weekend Mixtapes #45

The Reboot Joy Confession
May 22, 2014 would have been the day Sun Ra turned 100 years old. The likes of Mr Beatnick, The Reboot Joy Confession, DJ Aardvarck, and Philadelphia icon King Britt.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to do something different for this Solid Steel mix and I decided to approach the mix as if I was ‘back from a good night out’ and winding down with some late night weird selections from my vinyl collection”, says Bristol’s Pinch about his guestmix for the show.

Bugz in the Attic took over the Rinse airwaves for a rare Bank Holiday special. Then again, much more has been going on in the last couple of weeks, as some former Bugz members started their new label Ten50 Records.

My favourite radio show at this moment clearly is the latest Hessle Audio, which is available now on the Rinse FM podcast channel (direct link) for download.

And there are more radio shows worth checking out:
Lukid on NTS Live
Tom Trago on Beats in Space
Four Tet & Joe Goddard on NTS Live
Floating Points & Sadar Bahar on NTS Live
Martyn & Guest on NTS Live

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Fatima – Do Better

There already were a couple of great tracks this week and here’s yet another special one. You might heard by now that Fatima’s debut album Yellow Memories is only 10 days away from its release, and the London-based singer with Swedish roots gathered some ace producers to work with her. The track above is no exception, written alongside Floating Points and Theo Parrish. And.

Excitement is an understatement, but then ask yourself when Eglo Records ever disappointed you. Available for pre-order on Bandcamp or iTunes, and in all good record shops on May 12, 2014!

Floating Points – King Bromeliad

London-based Eglo Records has been gearing up lately with the release of the Dego & Kaidi EP and a the forthcoming new album from Shafiq Husayn. Yet, here’s what’s quite possible the cherry on top of it all, new original music from label co-founder Floating Points. Never shy to throw a party or share amazing DJ sets, it’s actually been a full year since we last got new music from the man, when Wires was released on the Eglo compilation (and later on vinyl.)

“King Bromeliad” and its b-side “Montparnasse” will form the 37th release on the label which will be out soon!

Weekend Mixtapes #42

Recorded live a London’s Plastic People in late January, listen to the second installment of Floating Points’ You’re A Melody mix.

Having impressed us with his debut album released last year, we keep following the doings of Huerco S whenever we can. This week, we came across this 2 hour long mix for Berlin Community Radio.

Next up here are two mixes from the Young Turks label. First it’s the Jamie xx mix for BBC 6music aired in Decemember, then the label’s FBI Radio take-over featuring Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and once again Jamie xx.

UK techno legend Kirk Degiorgio shared a DJ mix recorded at Amsterdam’s TROUW for the Midnight Shift podcast.

Let’s not forget about those Valentine’s Day specials: Hudson Mohawke continues his annual Slow Jams series, while Peanut Butter Wolf goes over the top with a 24 hour long mix for the FACT podcast.

And lastly, one from the archives. Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO mentioned this on the latest radio show, don’t sleep on this podcast for weareie recorded in 2007!

Update Let’s not forget about the latest Hyperdub show on Rinse.fm (direct link), hosted by label-boss Kode9 himself

Weekend Mixtapes #41

I started this post on November 21st, but never got around to publish it. It has grown in numbers of mixes since then and just would like to get this out quickly, before I forget (or the mixes go offline!)

Welcome to the Room #38 /w Funkineven
Congenial Blue Mix by Larry Gus
Spectral Sounds Vol. 003 by Lay Far
Vondelife by Vondelpark
Our World by Nicolas Jaar (a tribute to John Lennon)
The Trilogy Tapes on NTS Live 12.12.13
The Do!! You!!! Breakfast Show /w Floating Points
Hessle Audio Best of 2013 part 1 (direct link!)

Also, let’s not forget our last podcast, available for stream and download!

Hejira & Floating Points – Floating Test

The four Londoners Sam Beste, Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Alexis Nunez and Alex Reeve form Hejira, the latest signing to Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records. They just completed their album “Prayer Before Birth”, which will be out on October 31. To bridge the timespan between now and then, they shared this collaboration with Eglo co-founder Floating Points, who adds his inimitable warm touch to the song. Unfortunately, it remains unclear whether this will find its way on a release, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed (and keep you posted!)

Weekend Mixtapes #37

There’s a new album by Yosi Horikawa coming out on First Word later this month, so why not get yourself in the mood for that with his guestmix on Solid Steel?

More exciting music is headed our way from FaltyDL‘s new label Blueberry Recordings, his first signing Brrd inaugurates the label’s podcast series.

You might have caught Floating Points’ Summer 2013at45 Mix already, but there’s actually a second one that was aired on NTS Live earlier this week.

It seems, I forgot posting Dego‘s summer mixtape when it came out, another essential for you to download!

And lastly, Bristol’s Peverelist did a fine selection for the latest XLR8R podcast, showcasing a lot of music from his own vinyl-only label Livity Sound.

Floating Points – Wires

Wow, it’s been —almost to the day— two years since we last heard an original Floating Points production, but he’s making it up with 11 minutes of the most enchanting music. The track is one of the exclusives taken from the forthcoming Eglo Records Vol. 1, a 2-CD compilation celebrating the label’s fourth anniversary. It will be in stores at the end of this month on April 29th and there’ll also be a little celebration in June at London’s Jazz Cafe. I’ve been wondering if the track above should be labeled Floating Points Ensemble, but it’s too hard to decipher on the press shots and I haven’t found a tracklist yet.