Albums to watch

Crush

Floating Points

Crush

Third album from the London-based producer and composer Sam Shepherd

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Ninja Tune
UK Release date
18/10/2019
US Release date
18/10/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Whatever wavelength Shepherd is on, Crush is the almost untouchable proof that no-one else is anywhere near it
    Read Review

  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    An album to be experienced rather than listened to, Crush takes the listener through the light and dark portions of the active listening mind, further proving Floating Points as a singularly talented producer
    Read Review

  3. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    After a run of dates playing “obtuse, strange” music as a warm-up act for the xx, Sam Shepherd translates that experimental energy to an album of mischievous, melodic, stripped-down electronic music
    Read Review

  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Crush certainly comes across as fragmentary, as if a dozen tracks, at least a couple albums worth of ideas, were truncated, quickly sequenced, and packed onto one LP. That said, it's hard to imagine more forethought and deliberation resulting in a listen more riveting than this one
    Read Review

  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Tracks such as thunderous LesAlpx aim for the dancefloor but wherever Crush is listened to — in a club, on the night bus home, or yes, an airport — there’s plenty to discover, so long as you’re willing to delve in deep enough
    Read Review

  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Beautifully crafted, Crush unsettles with its quiet, fervent chaos bubbling beneath its surface
    Read Review

  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    Introspective melodies unfold amid skittering beats and echoing sound effects, and electronic oscillations give an atmospheric sense of space
    Read Review

  8. 8.0 |   Crack

    Shepherd has managed to capture both the febrile chaos and decaying beauty of the world we’re living in, on an album that crushes myriad ideas into one big sonic collision
    Read Review

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Packed with mesmerising detail yet powerful enough to dance to. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Floating Points' Crush is an album of profound contrasts. For every track designed to electrify the dancefloor, there is a gentle sweeping orchestral piece
    Read Review

  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Unexpected and inventive, it’s well worth a trip into the unknown
    Read Review

  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    Truly, an album to savour
    Read Review

  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A fascinating album, one that reveals more of its treasures with each listen
    Read Review

  14. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Crush may not be the album more recent converts to Floating Points may have hoped for, but it is worthy of our undivided attention regardless
    Read Review

  15. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Crush is some of the most tightly-constructed and dense work Floating Points has ever released
    Read Review

  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Shepherd's most eclectic album to date, a richly pleasurable balancing act between brain and body, academic seminar and night club, cerebral experiment and sensory feast. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   The Music

    Shepherd has reeled in the jazzy explorations of Reflections – Mojave Desert and the epic EP Kuiper, but there is still an expansive feel that other producers can’t hope to emulate
    Read Review

  18. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Crush is an insight into Shepherd’s brilliant mind and – such is the sheer variety of this album – a way to inspire one’s own imagination
    Read Review

  19. 8.0 |   DIY

    The ideal meeting of brains and brawn over a journey that manages to feel both concise and exploratory
    Read Review

  20. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Though the sonic explorations undermine the album's overall cohesiveness, Crush remains a shining example of Shepherd's growth as an artist, and his willingness to push boundaries well into his career
    Read Review

  21. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Crush is yet another triumph for Floating Points
    Read Review

  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A decent album, but perhaps not the one some of us were hoping for. Print edition only


blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Latest Reviews

More reviews