Launching in 2003, the Late Night Tales series has served as a unique outlet for artists to curate mixes designed for late-night atmospheres, often offering a window into the artist's work by reflecting their tastes and influences. When the format really works, an LNT mix can almost feel like a supplemental album from the artist who's making it. This is the case with Floating Points' entry in the series.
LateNightTales is known for its calm and early-hours feel. In recent years it's had the likes of Bonobo, Four Tet and Nightmares On Wax bring their sounds to the mix, and it feels natural that Floating Points would take the reign for the next instalment of the series. Sam Shepard AKA Floating Points takes us through his deep vinyl collection whilst you sonically float across the globe.
Listeners consistently underwhelmed by streaming algorithms could do worse than to follow Sam Shepherd, better known as Floating Points. From his globetrotting show on NTS Radio and his roving You're a Melody DJ nights to the hidden gems he lovingly reissues on his label Melodies International, Shepherd is an enthusiastic sharer of the delectable selections he unearths: rare gospel, soul, jazz, droney minimalism, tropicalismo, folk, and plenty of music that eludes easy identification. So tapping Floating Points to curate the latest edition of Late Night Tales--a series in which selectors show off the hidden depths of their record collections--is a great pairing.