Floating Points - Kuiper
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2016 Ratings: #97
July 22, 2016 / Release Date
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Luaka Bop / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

With a combined running time of over 33 minutes, Kuiper is nothing less than an odyssey of chiaroscuro, equal parts motorik horsepower and sublime bliss.

85
The Line of Best Fit

This is experimental music at its very finest, and rarest: unashamedly cerebral, but also unrelenting in its dedication to powerful dynamics and – crucial point, this – melodic hooks.

80
Exclaim!

Following up Floating Points' widely acclaimed Elaenia was always going to be difficult, but Kuiper finds Sam Shepherd eschewing the typically episodic tendency of self-contained music releases.

80
PopMatters

It’s a strong, welcome follow-up: potent melodies, expert performances, and a boundary-pushing experimental nature that is both an enjoyable listen and an even deeper dive into uncharted musical waters.

75
Consequence of Sound

Kuiper is a cohesive work that captures Shepherd exhibiting a full command of his prowess.

75
XLR8R

The full 30 minutes of Kuiper seems logical as a comfortable extension of, and compromise between, Shepherd's recent discography.

74
Resident Advisor

"Kuiper" will likely come as a surprise for anyone strictly familiar with the jazzy, understated solo artist Floating Points, but as a snapshot of his explosive live band, it's an appropriate spectacle.

73
Pitchfork

His commitment to quality and easy lilting melodies help him stand out, but it’s a little disappointing that his polyglot taste as a DJ doesn’t rear its head more often in his recorded material. Still, Kuiper extends the graceful Elaenia, even mussing its well-kept hair on the title track.

60
Under The Radar

While both tracks suffer from their length, there is still an underlying hint of Shepherd's innovative mastery. It's the failure of this to come to the fore that means the Kuiper EP is not the best demonstration of what it's creator is capable of.

60
NOW Magazine

Floating Points stakes out ambitious sonic territory, and it's important to remember that Kuiper is essentially a rest stop on a much more sophisticated, gratifying trajectory.

EMR
78
Sham Shepherd does it again. For some years now, Floating Points has been one of the most consistent and downright intriguing electronic-music acts out there, and on his new album Kuiper, the producer proves (as if he needed to) that. This album contains only two lenghty pieces that display Shepherd's very interesting blend of organic and electronic elements, as we see him once again structuring his music not only with computer-sounds, but also organic instruments and a proeminent percussive ... read more
FedeX
80
Kuiper is just an amazing song.
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Track List

  1. Kuiper
  2. For Marmish Part II
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