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April Clare Welsh
10 July 2024, 14:57

Floating Points announces new album, ‘Cascade’, shares single: Listen

The LP looks to revisit "Floating Points in its traditional form on a dancefloor once more"

Floating Points announces new album, ‘Cascade’, shares single: Listen

Floating Points has announced a new album, ‘Cascade’, which is due to arrive on 13th September via Ninja Tune.

The LP is intended as a "follow-on" from 2019's modular synth-powered album, 'Crush', with the producer, aka Sam Shepherd, once again using a Buchla synthesiser as he looks to revisit "Floating Points in its traditional form on a dancefloor once more". This follows recent detours into ballet and anime scores, as well as his 2021 Mercury Prize-nominated collaborative album with the late Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra, 'Promises'.

'Cascade' was created using a minimal set-up in Shepherd's hometown of Manchester, which is noted as a key influence on the album's sound. "There’s something about Manchester that keeps coming back to me, and I think it’s partly to do with its record shops", he said in a press release. Several tracks are named after local music landmarks, including 'Afflecks Palace'.

Lead single 'Key103', which you can check out below, is a nod to "an underground Manchester radio station I’d listen to religiously", explained Shepherd, and is accompanied by visuals from Tokyo-based artist Akiko Nakayama. The album also draws inspiration from the Californian desert.

'Key103' follows previously released singles, 'Birth4000', from October 2023, and 'Del Oro' from June this year. In 2023, Shepherd composed his first ballet for symphony orchestra and electronics, Mere Mortals, which was performed by the San Francisco Ballet and opens in January 2024.

Check out Floating Points’ live-streamed set from DJ Mag’s ADE showcase here, and revisit our 2019 cover interview with him here.