Electronic music pioneer Sam Shepard aka Floating Points has announced he has a new album called Crush to be released on October 18th via Ninja Tune, with a refreshed live show to coincide. While Floating Points has certainly not been absent from our ears in recent years, Crush will be his first studio album since 2015's Elaenia.

Shepard has said that the initial ideas for Crush came from his improvisational one-man-and-a-synth opening sets for The xx, where he played "some of the most obtuse and aggressive music I've ever made, in front of 20,000 people every night," an experience he found "liberating."

The album will feature previous single 'LesAlpx' but he's also given us another taster of Crush in the epic new song and video 'Last Bloom'. The track features anti-matter beats and wormhole effects that suck you into Shepard's world with a vital pulse. Once in there we're treated to spectral layers of melodies and texture, wreathing themselves into a magisterial creation. Floating Points never loses grip of the listener, and we're pulled through 'Last Bloom' with thrilling dexterity as Shepard's beats and sound manipulation coagulate into a futuristic tunnel of pure aural expression.

As if 'Last Bloom' the song wasn't enough, it also comes with an incredible video by Hamill Industries that emphasises the natural and the weirdness in Floating Points' production.

Floating Points' new album Crush comes out October 18th via Ninja Tune. He's got some tour dates announced for his sure-to-be-spectacular new live show:

13 Nov - Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
16 Nov - Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
21 Nov - London @ Printworks