Floating Points at Soundwave Croatia

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Picture the scene: a storm over the small fishing village of Petrcane in Croatia brought Soundwave festival’s outdoor music to a close for a couple of hours, and acts from the main stage were moved into Barbarellas nightclub on site.  Once it was safe to start everything up again, people emerged from the club slightly subdued and took shelter from the drizzling rain in Tiki bar, situated next to the beach.  From the Beach Bar DJ box, some slow soul started up, courtesy of Floating Points, prompting people to move out onto the rain soaked dance floor overlooking the beach.  As the weather cleared, Floating Points began to pick up the pace and sneak in some seriously funky beats, while festival goers danced down to fill the floor and beach below.  What followed was a kaleidoscope of music that subtly incorporated deep and boogie house plus much more besides; Floating Points placing layer after layer of sound upon an ever-changing bouncy then dirty bass.  After the disappointment of the afternoon’s washout, an overwhelmed crowd became lost in this amazing eclectic set, whilst Floating Points danced round the DJ box selecting his next records (major respect to a DJ dedicated enough to bring his beloved vinyl all the way to Croatia).

Floating Points, aka 24 year old Sam Shepherd began his DJing career when he won a competition based on a mix he had done, the prize of which was to DJ with Andy C at the fantastic London club The End, which sadly closed in January 2009.  These days when he’s not DJing worldwide, you will find Floating Points at his monthly residency at Plastic People in London, where he has recently played sets with Mr Scruff and DJ Nature.

Shepherd is a trained musician, having studied jazz piano and composition, and fronts 14 piece live band the Floating Points Ensemble, who released their debut single ‘Post Suite’ on Ninja Tune in December 2010 after winning ‘Maida Vale Session of the Year 2010’ at Gilles Peterson’s prestigious Worldwide Awards.

Shepherd has also produced guest mixes for Gilles Peterson, Benji B and Mary Anne Hobbs and his work has been on playlists worldwide since his debut release in February 2009 of a remix of Reel 2 Reel’s ‘Love Me Like This’.  Other work includes the ‘Vacuum’ EP, an electronic, synthy mix of sounds (including his parent’s hoover) and this year the funky, wonky beats of ‘Marilyn’ and cool mix of soundscapes in ‘Sais (Dub)’.  Shepherd’s ‘Vacuum Boogie’ also won Track of the Year 2010 at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.  On top of all this, Shepherd is currently studying a PhD in Neuroscience at UCL (University College London).

Shepherd was at Soundwave as part of Eglo Records, which he co-founded with Rinse FM DJ Alexander Nut and has also produced for Eglo family member and gorgeous voice Fatima.  All in all, Floating Points is one bright spark worth watching and listening out for.