Floating Points sets the tone with “Grammar”

The new track follows “Vocoder” as his second single of 2022.

April 05, 2022
Floating Points sets the tone with “Grammar” Photo by Dan Medhurst.  

Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) released "Vocoder," his first single of the year, last month. It was also his first solo song since Promises, a collaborative LP with Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra that made The FADER's 50 best albums of 2021 list. He's now returned with another new cut, "Grammar," as he continues to prepare for a busy summer of touring.


"Grammar" is similar in style to "Vocoder," a propulsive drum machine touring the listener through a soundscape of seamlessly blended throwback vocal samples. It's a far cry from the nearly arrhythmic Promises, which was better built for quiet rooms or long drives than dance floors.

In the new track's animated video, sound waves swim across the screen, forming flat plains, bodies in motion, and the track's title — as well as many more mesmeric, amorphous blobs in the spaces between. Watch it, and view Shepherd's upcoming tour dates, below.

Floating Points tour dates

4/9 - Lisbon, PT - Sonar
4/14 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas Events Centre w/ Flume
4/16 - Indio, US - Coachella
4/23 - Indio, US - Coachella
5/13 - Berlin, DE - Funkhaus
5/28 - London, UK - Wide Awake Festival
6/4 - Paris, FR - We Love Green
6/4 - Marseille, FR - Le Bon Air
6/5 - Dublin, IE - Forbidden Fruit
6/11 - Margate, UK - SANDS Festival
7/3 - Porto, PT - Elétrico Festival
7/4 - Paris, FR - We Love Green
7/7 - Madrid, ES - Mad Cool Festival
7/8 - Trencin, SL - Pohoda Festival
7/17 - Dour, BE - Dour Festival
8/14 - Budapest, HU - Sziget
8/19 - Dronten, NL - Lowlands
8/20 - London - Field Day
8/27 - Pasadena, US - This Ain’t No Picnic
9/3 - Bristol, UK - FORWARDS Festival
9/23 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium w/ Jamie XX & Four Tet

Floating Points sets the tone with “Grammar”