Join us as we host the world premiere of Floating Points' addition to the hallowed Late Night Tales compilation series. Hear (and own) this stunning 17-track collection before any one else loud, in full, in the dark through The Castle’s immersive sound system and from the comfort of one their luxurious armchairs.
Standard tickets (£10) available as well as ticket + limited edition, individually numbered white double LP vinyl bundles (£30). If you would like to purchase the bundle, please select your tickets, click ‘Add To Order’ and then add your vinyl on the next page. Vinyl copies must be picked up on the night at the event. Mail order is not available through our offer.
£5 from each ticket or ticket + album bundle goes to Help Refugees.
Floating Points’ personal collection of global soul, ambient, jazz and folk treasures form the latest in the warmly revered Late Night Tales series.
Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points’ music taste is notoriously tricky to define, ranging from ethereal classical at one end to coruscating techno at the other, united only in a firm belief in the transcendental power of music to move hearts, minds and – yes – feet. 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’, which met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2015.
This Late Night Tales excursion into the depths of the evening reflects his broad tastes. The globally-travelled producer has collected untold treasures on his travels from dusty stores in Brazil to market stalls near his hometown. There’s the gorgeous ‘Via Làctea’, culled from Carlos Walker’s debut album, Abu Talib’s (Bobby Wright) plaintive ‘Blood Of An American’ and Robert Vanderbilt’s gospel reworking of Manchild’s ‘Especially For You’. Raw soul and feeling oozing from each song’s pores.
At the other end of the music scale are the modernists, such as Québécoise Kara-Lis Coverdale who weighs in with the indelible ‘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.
We have some tracks exclusive to Late Night Tales; alongside Davachi’s offerings there is also Toshimaru Nakamura’s ‘Nimb #59’, as well as the now traditional cover version. Shepherd delved into his childhood memory for this one, a track taken from the first album his parents bought him, Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Music For Large & Small Ensembles’: Sam offers up his interpretation of ‘Opening Part 1’. Wheeler also contributes horns to Azimuth track The Tunnel, written and performed by Norma Winstone and John Taylor who, coincidentally, are the parents of Floating Points’ drummer Leo Taylor. Closing the album, Lauren Laverne reads the suitably nocturnal poem ‘Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun’ by Emily Brontë.
"I’ve learnt about a lot of incredible music from listening to the Late Night Tales compilations overthe years, so I jumped at the opportunity to compile one myself. The music is a selection of the kind of records I play to set the tone when DJing all night long."
- Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), 2019
1. Sarah Davachi – Untitled, live in Portland (Exclusive track)
2. Carlos Walker - Via Láctea
3. The Rationals – Glowin’
4. William S. Fischer – Circle
5. Max Roach - Equipoise
6. Abu Talib (Bobby Wright) - Blood Of An American
7. Sweet & Innocent - Express Your Love
8. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation of Souls - A Message Especially From God
9. The Defaulters - Gentle Man
10. Alain Bellaïche – Sun Blues
11. Alain Bellaïche – Sea Fluorescent
12. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Moments In Love
13. Azimuth – The Tunnel
14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Milk
15. Toshimaru Nakamura – Nimb#59 (Exclusive track)
16. Floating Points – Sweet Time Suite Opening (Exclusive Kenny Wheeler cover version)
17. Lauren Laverne - Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun (Exclusive spoken word piece)