Less than a week until Sam Shephard aka Floating Points makes his long awaited Brisbane debut. Perhaps it couldn't happen at a more relevant time. After years of underground buzz with a series of seriously diverse and critically acclaimed 12"s and guest productions, it feels like Floating Points has now finally cracked the mainstream with his first full long player Elaenia. His success couldn't be more deserved. Sam is one of clubland's true renaissance men. His broader appeal represents a refreshing change of the guard in what a Producer, DJ and label head should stand for. Alongside his contemporaries and good friends like Four Tet, Caribou, Ben UFO, Theo Parrish and Gilles Peterson, Sam has been a constant trailblazer, digging deep and exposing unique and seemingly disparate styles of music to the world. To put it simply, he joins the dots. Those who fell in love with his house productions could be thrown by his shift to releases like Wires or most recently, his album Elaenia, which sit just as equally in the realm of Jazz or Ambient. Similarly, when watching Sam DJ, you may be caught off guard hearing him play pieces of rare Brazilian Jazz or Modern Soul (of which his collection is extraordinary). Like a small few of his main room counterparts, Floating Points is exposing to the world the art of DJing as it was originally intended. His music taste and output is wonderfully unclassifiable. Taking Jazz and both translating and transforming it to the modern club context. Illustrating the sonic similarities bound by various genres. Furthermore, he cares about the way it should sound. Sam is a complete audiophile because strangely, in the world of music, that matters! He plays almost entirely vinyl. His own releases are pressed and presented with the utmost attention to detail. Recently he collaborated with Isonoe to create his very own high-end mixer, made to let his music breathe the way it should. In a recent interview with FACT Mag, Sam beautifully states;
"I do it because I care, I care about everything. I care about the end product, I care about the consumer holding the record, knowing that every detail of the project has been dealt with by me personally and seen right through to the end, that I’ve had as much control over it as I possibly could have done, right down to things like what percentage of yellow tint is on the cardboard. Because why wouldn’t you?"
Whether its the way he goes about making, collecting, performing or releasing music, if he's doing it, he's doing it right. A supreme tastemaker, Floating Points will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful and infectious sounding music you've ever heard! His show this Sunday at The Foundry is now completely sold out. Those lucky enough to get a ticket, catch you on the dancefloor!
Listen to Floating Points' recent Essential Mix on BBC here.