Floating Points is such a good fit for Late Night Tales that it’s kind of surprising that this album didn’t come around sooner. The artist known to his friends as Sam Shepherd doesn’t disappoint here, and drops a personal collection of global soul, ambient, jazz, and folk treasures, aimed to reflect the stillness of night. Tip!
Floating Points'—real name Sam Shepherd—music taste is tricky to define, ranging from ethereal classical at one end to coruscating techno at the other. Similarly, his production career has ranged from early experiments in dance music with breakout records such as the Shadows EP and collaborating with legendary Gnawa master Mahmoud Guinia to his expansive album Elaenia.
This Late Night Tales excursion into the depths of the evening is said to reflect his broad tastes. There’s the gorgeous “Via Làctea," taken from Carlos Walker’s debut album, Bobby Wright’s “Blood Of An American” and Robert Vanderbilt’s gospel reworking of Manchild’s “Especially For You." At the other end of the music scale are the modernists, such as Québécoise Kara-Lis Coverdale, who weighs in with “Moments In Love," Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, whose “Milk” is an exercise in tranquility, while Sarah Davachi’s meditative mix-opener offers respite from a weary world.
A1. Sarah Davachi – Untitled, live in Portland (Exclusive track)
A2. Carlos Walker - Via Láctea
A3. The Rationals – Glowin’
A4. William S. Fischer – Circle
B1. Max Roach - Equipoise
B2. Bobby Wright - Blood Of An American
B3. Sweet & Innocent - Express Your Love
B4. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation of Souls - A Message Especially From God
C1. The Defaulters - Gentle Man
C2. Alain Bellaïche – Sun Blues
C3. Alain Bellaïche - Sea Fluorescent
C4. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Moments In Love
D1. Azimuth – The Tunnel
D2. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Milk
D3. Toshimaru Nakamura – Nimb#59 (Exclusive track)
D4. Floating Points – Sweet Time Suite Opening (Exclusive Kenny Wheeler cover version)
D5. Lauren Laverne - Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun (Exclusive spoken word piece)