Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points recently returned from his space jazz odyssey with Pharoah Sanders to re-inhabit his original stomping ground of the dancefloor with the essential single “Vocoder”. Giving no hints as to what he’s up to in the long-run (album? singles series?), he’s now followed that up with another peak-hour floor packer called “Grammar”.
Belying the stuffy title, “Grammar” is a skeletal techno track centred around a stiff-yet-groove-inducing beat that’ll get you moving immediately. Shepherd adorns it with minimal melodic additions, but they’re perfectly chosen and placed to turn this into a subtly but engrossingly evolving piece. Across the song’s eight minutes, tones appear and flutter away; minute digital blips cling to the beat, vocal samples whispering from one side and silken blankets of synth encroaching from the other. By the time of the song’s conclusion, you feel like you’ve been transported – but remained in the same place; this is a journey of the mind as much as the body.
You can expect to hear these new singles played out at these DJ dates:
9 Apr – Lisbon, ES @ Sonar
14 Apr – Las Vegas, US @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Centre (W/ Flume) 16 Apr – Indio, US @ Coachella 23 Apr – Indio, US @ Coachella
13 May – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus 28 May – London @ Wide Awake Festival 04 Jun – Marseille, FR @ Le Bon Air 05 Jun – Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit 11 Jun – Margate @ SANDS
03 Jul – Porto, PR @ Electrico Festival 04 Jun – Paris, FR @ We Love Green
07 Jul – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival 08 Jul – Trencin, SL @ Pohoda Festival 17 Jul – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival 14 Aug – Budapest, HU @ Sziget 19 Aug – Dronten, NL @ Lowlands 20 Aug – London @ Field Day 27 Aug – Pasadena, US @ This Ain’t No Picnic 03 Sep – Bristol @ FORWARDS Festival
23 Sept – New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium with Jamie XX, Floating Points B2B Four Tet