Floating Points - Crush
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #100 / 634
Year End Rank: #38
User Score
Based on 340 ratings
2019 Ratings: #147
October 18, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
IDM, Breakbeat / Genres
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Loud and Quiet

Whatever wavelength Shepherd is on, Crush is the almost untouchable proof that no-one else is anywhere near it.

The 405

An album to be experienced rather than listened to, Crush takes the listener through the light and dark portions of the active listening mind, further proving Floating Points as a singularly talented producer.


While certain elements—a distorted rhythm here, a shuddering synth there—can be traced back to those rough-and-tumble live shows with the xx, the LP as a whole is strikingly melodic and often beautiful, even in its most frantic moments.

The Skinny

Crush may be some of Floating Points’ most assertive work, but sinking into its rich and deeply layered textures reaps countless rewards.

The Line of Best Fit

At its hypnotic heights, Crush mixes Shepherd's background in beats-building with the melodic and melancholy expanses of his more recent work.


Put simply, ‘Crush’ is a triumph: the ideal meeting of brains and brawn over a journey that manages to feel both concise and exploratory.


Crush certainly comes across as fragmentary, as if a dozen tracks, at least a couple albums worth of ideas, were truncated, quickly sequenced, and packed onto one LP. That said, it's hard to imagine more forethought and deliberation resulting in a listen more riveting than this one.

Crack Magazine

Here Shepherd has managed to capture both the febrile chaos and decaying beauty of the world we’re living in, on an album that crushes myriad ideas into one big sonic collision.

The Observer

Beautifully crafted, Crush unsettles with its quiet, fervent chaos bubbling beneath its surface.


Floating Points' Crush is an album of profound contrasts. For every track designed to electrify the dancefloor, there is a gentle sweeping orchestral piece.


Though the sonic explorations undermine the album's overall cohesiveness, Crush remains a shining example of Shepherd's growth as an artist, and his willingness to push boundaries well into his career.

Aphex has a twin
Crush is a fantastic IDM album perfectly infused with ambient and that early future garage and microhouse sound. Usually when those genres are mentioned my interest is easily peaked considering all of those would make up for my favourite genres and the ones that inspire me the most, with Crush everything I love about those genres apply so well and makes up for some straight up ear candy. The sound on here is definitely something to get addicted to with it's super simplistic but effective ... read more
Crush is a pretty great IDM album that might not be the most unique of the genre, but sounds extremely nice, creates soothing and chilling soundscapes, and is really well-made. I found myself comparing this to Aphex Twin at times, except this has a clear balance between IDM, ambient and classical and the sound isn't too identical to his. I loved the first half of this album, however the middle section (mainly the second half of the middle section) didn't really grip me as much as first half and ... read more
"Crush" is an intricate little IDM record with some outstanding, chilling production and a great use of analog synths. The mixing and track placement could've used a bit more touching up, but that's just my opinion.

Fav Tracks: Last Bloom, Anasickmodular, LesAlpx, Environments, Bias, Apoptose

Least Fav Track: Karakul

Former neuro-scientist Sam Shepard/Floating Points has been at it for a couple of years now, shifting in and out of the spotlight, opening for the xx, releasing music here and there...BUT he’s back with a brand new album entitled “Crush”

Crush as its name implies is a weighty experience, not something to nimbly “dance around the room” type experience, more contemplative and atmospherically intense. The sounds presented are ghostly, gloomy and remind me of a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Falaise
  2. Last Bloom
  3. Anasickmodular
  4. Requiem for CS70 and Strings
  5. Karakul
  6. LesAlpx
  7. Bias
  8. Environments
  9. Birth
  10. Sea-Watch
  11. Apoptose, Pt. 1
  12. Apoptose, Pt. 2
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Added on: August 28, 2019