Floating Points
Shadows


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
November 20th, 2011 | 36 replies | 7,901 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More sleek and sultry house from one of the genre's most acclaimed young producers

There’s something rather exciting about listening to a new Floating Points jam, hearing those delicate and sultry, yet slightly demure melodies gently applying themselves so intricately and seamlessly over the pop and crackle of his minimalist percussion setups. And while this particular style of super slinky house has become all too common place nowadays, with every producer choosing to dive into the re-awakened juke and footloose worlds, here it’s a little more presentable and stylish, a little more innocent and humble as well. This more subdued strain of deep house enthusiasm is one that we’ve come to expect from the young up and comer, who carved out a name for himself on the back of some truly impressive releases over the last two years. But Shadows is the quintessential step up for the rising star, his beats now a little more fleshed out and solidified, where his melodies and ideas are a touch more defined and on display rather than simply being alluded to.

It would be a rather accurate guess to say that Shadows is the result of a fairly hefty amount of influence though, with its open and vast sections that exist only as echo-laden flashbacks and hazy morning-after flashbacks. There are deft shades of the Detroit scene infused within the music, with causal nods to the likes of Omar-S and Theo Parrish smuggled deftly into the mix, hidden away within the slightly love-drunk and tripped out synth arrangements(sections that echo the likes of Julio Bashmore or Joy Orbison at their most provacative). Moments of smoked-out jazz also find themselves pulled into the affair, most notably on powerhouse opener ‘Myrtle Avenue’, though small shards of cafe cool motifs are liberally applied across the entire project.

While Shadows is a touch more introspective than anything we’ve come to expect from Floating Points, there are still moments where he unashamedly falls back into more grand designs; ‘ARP3’ is a playful yet insistent slab of 4x4 glory that feeds off of one of the most efficient hooks this year, and the dubbed-out ‘Sais’ (which recently turned up on Four Tet’s grandslam Fabric mix) purrs along sublimely under a threnody of jerky half-step measures and unrestrained sweeps of his keyboard.

While there is a certain need to point out that Shadows (at times) seems more like an observation that an actual statement ( as if Floating points has merely soaked in a host of myriad styles and takes on the already tried and true chic house scene), it’s lack of immediacy works towards its favor, the way it almost seems to guard itself, only reluctantly willing to reveal its inner contents. It’s not a case of the artist playing his cards a little too close to his chest, more a rebellion or counterpoint to the more dizzying dance anecdotes of the day. It’s the cherished glass of wine instead of the dirty cocktail, its Floating Points coming into his own, it’s richer and ultimately, more fulfilling, than we’ve ever heard him before.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011



31058 Comments


http://eglorecords.com/2011/11/floating-points-shadows-ep/

You can sample the ep (and see the amazing video for 'Sais') up there^

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Calculate
November 20th 2011



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking love this guy

Calculate
November 20th 2011



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeh bo pointless

Manic_
November 20th 2011



447 Comments


downloading this as i type. Does anyone know whats going on with his ensemble stuff or did he give that up?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011



31058 Comments


Still active as far as I know, I think it's just on a short break while he focuses on some solo stuff

Adash
November 20th 2011



1356 Comments


Hessle lot have been dropping ARP3 left right and centre. Massive massive tune, great EP from the bits I've heard

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011



10043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Damn Deviant, you've been doing reviews left and right lately. Living up to that new staff title, I see!

North0House2
November 20th 2011



5840 Comments


"producer's"

That ' is bugging me man.

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Calculate
November 21st 2011



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

little typo in there with "Joy obison"

ARP3 is a ridiculous tune

defjaw83
November 21st 2011



1765 Comments


Really liked the song on that video

Calculate
November 21st 2011



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so fucking gorgeous asfjkhjdsakjb needs more love

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2011



31058 Comments


Well it's Sputnik, not RA

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2011



7022 Comments


i'll be checking this out dev, been enjoying all the house i've been listening to (omar s!)

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Jash
November 22nd 2011



4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is soooooooo good!!!!

Rev
November 22nd 2011



9404 Comments


So good

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2012



31058 Comments


RA handing out another big ol' 5

Calculate
January 10th 2012



1135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His "drops" are free falls, not brick walls, and the landing's the sweetest thing ever.


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2012



31058 Comments


That's such a terrible sentence

Adash
January 12th 2012



1356 Comments


What is the criterion and justification for resident reviews. Ketamine?
That said, this is absurdly good

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2012



23804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this kicks ass, might have to slip it into my 2011 list before I finalize it



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