Manchester producer, DJ, and neuroscientist Floating Points (aka Sam Shepherd) recently enlightened us at Amoeba Hollywood with his record knowledge, while sharing his personal history with some of his favorite records, like Chick Corea & Return to Forever's Light as a Feather. "One of the first five records I ever had in my life... I used to just try and copy Chick Corea's solos, and just play along with this record."
Combining techno, jazz, funk, house, and R&B to create a unique dance music hybrid, Sam Shepherd first ventured into the world of music with the 2008 release of a handful of white label singles and a bootleg remix of a Sun Ra track. Momentum began building after Gilles Peterson broadcast the new work from Floating Points on his BBC radio program. In 2009, Shepherd teamed up with Rinse-FM DJ Alexander Nut to found Eglo Records, home to Fatima and FunkinEven.
In 2011, Shepherd led the sixteen-member Floating Points Ensemble on "Post Suite," a single for Ninja Tune. After a steady stream of 12" singles, Floating Points released a debut full-length in 2015, Elaenia, out in the US via David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. Floating Points will be touring Australia in early 2017.