Wednesday, 24 June 2009

PRE-ORDER: Floating Points - J&W Beat/K&G Beat [Planet Mu]

Floating Points, aka Sam Shepherd, a composer and producer residing in London via Manchester, has already made an impact on the thriving beats scene after only a handful of releases on labels like Eglo Records (the label he runs alongside Alexander Nut), R2 and now Planet Mu. With a mix on Mary Ann Hobbs’ BBC Radio 1 show already under his belt, he is really making moves and when you listen to his music you can instantly hear why.

‘J&W Beat’ has some of the skippiest funky rolling garage rhythms around, which is underpinned by a seismic dancehall bass, dense melody and psychedelic bleeped out synths. ‘K&G Beat’ on the flip takes things a little deeper with the electronics and pads taking more of a prominent roll. Both tracks have a really warm soulful even jazzy feel but unlike some of Floating Points deeper house/disco style cuts, which are more grounded, this sounds like the ideas where streamed straight from outer space.

Shepherd takes slanted 2-step and hip-hop beats, smeared synths and layers of mesmerising, atmospheric electronic trickery, couples it all with some earth moving bass and aligns the product with that all important slice of soul, otherwise known as the sultry spine that runs through all his work; again proving that he definitely has one of the most exciting sounds on the underground today.

Words: James Balf
Out: 6th July 2009


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