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Floating Points Late Night Tales Late Night Tales

It’s no surprise that Floating Points’ contribution to the Late Night Tales series feels so healing and patient. The DJ, producer, Eglo Records co-founder and actual neuroscientist specialises in fluid, warming electronic music that has become increasingly mind-bending since his 2009 debut J&W Beat.

Here, he treats listeners to a lovingly-curated lesson in 1970s spirituality and the contemporary avant-garde. Two tracks from French experimentalist Alain Bellaiche offer a bridge between the shining, soft-rock rarities that fill the first half of the mix and the celestial soundscapes in the second. Kara-Lis Coverdale contributes an excerpt in which organic acoustics spin gently off-course, which sits against the creamy vocals and plaintive brass of Azimuth’s jazz epic The Tunnel, the opening record on Floating Points and Four Tet’s much-loved final Plastic People mix. Shepherd’s own stunning cover of Kenny Wheeler brings us to the dawn, and Lauren Laverne’s vigorous reading of Emily Brontë throws open the curtains.

So nourishing that it almost feels better suited to the morning’s earliest hours, this Late Night Tales edition confirms Shepherd, once again, as one of our most generous selectors.