Crush is like the Floating Points record I’ve always wanted. While I enjoyed the tender classical minimalism of Elaenia as much as the next NPR program director, Crush is Sam Shepherd doing what he does best; rolling out functional, immaculately-crafted tracks for the dancefloor that tickle the synapses, delivering on the promise of early singles “Vacuum Boogie,” “People’s Potential” and “J&W Beat” in long form. The best tunes here hit you squarely in the chest but are still as *intelligent* as you’d expect from a guy with a PhD in neuroscience. “Last Bloom” is microtonal electro reminiscent of some of RDJ’s more dancefloor-tuned fare; “Anasickmodular” is swinging breaks-fueled ruffage, tuff as any Ice Cream Records classic with atmosphere for days. Early preview single “LesAlpx” is back in slightly abridged form (get the extended mix here) as the album’s centerpiece, a cunning slice of dark house that seems like it would go off just as hard at Berghain as it would at EDC or even your local bar gig. “Bias” is a slinky roller draped in brooding synth cascades and a hefty swinging rhythm indebted to vintage 2-step (a nod to Zed Bias, innit). This is the Floating Points record for the punters, but there’s enough Buchla synth meditations (”Karakul,” “Birth,” “Sea-Watch”) and mutant orchestral twissups (“Falaise,” “Requiem for CS70 and Strings”) to appease the chin strokers. Indie exclusive variant contains alternate cover with full color artwork printed inside and out, 4-page booklet with the musical score for “Birth” and code for digital download. Recommended.
- black vinyl pressing
- indie exclusive version w/ alternate artwork
- includes 4 page booklet
- digital download included
- limited edition
- music label: Ninja Tune 2019
reviewed by laughable butane bob 08/2019