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Floating Points

Kuiper EP

Luaka Bop/Pluto

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Under the Floating Points moniker, Sam Shepherd blurred the lines between classical composition, modern electronic production, and jazz experimentation on last year’s debut Elaenia. Whether his PhD in neuroscience had any effect on the precisely measured and experimental nature of his music is for the listener to decide, but what the record did make clear was that Shepherd is one of the true innovators in modern music. The two-track Kuiper EP is the superb album’s follow-up, but sadly lacks the same intrigue that defined its predecessor. The record’s title track is a sprawling electronic jazz fusion piece that is deprived of the ebbs and flows of varying instrumentation and textural nuances that made the debut special. “For Marmish Part II” follows along a similar vein of thought but is a little closer to the material on Elaenia, albeit more subdued.

While both tracks suffer from their length, there is still an underlying hint of Shepherd’s innovative mastery. It’s the failure of this to come to the fore that means the Kuiper EP is not the best demonstration of what its creator is capable of. (www.floatingpoints.co.uk)

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