The sound of Sam Shepherd "having fun."
It's worth remembering that even his most famous club tracks, like "Nuits Sonores," "Vacuum Boogie" and "ARP3," were full of warmth, soft edges and lovely instrumentation. We do get a little of that on LesAlpx / Coorabell, but these parts are always secondary to the dominant desire to bang. Around halfway through "Coorabell," one of those gorgeous synth melodies of Shepherd's cascades through the track, which until that point had bumped—with help from a garage bassline, taut synth part and rattling hit-hats—at a rapid 135 BPM. What happens next, though, is telling: Shepherd throws an outrageous distortion over everything and completely upends the bliss.
There are echoes of mid-period James Holden in "LesAlpx," the point when the UK artist was still attached to progressive trance but had begun to sound meaner and more adventurous. Shepherd here uses rhythmic white noise and enormous synth swells in a way Holden was fond of, and there's a dramatic breakdown that fades almost to nothing before the alarm is sounded by a short keyboard phrase and the beats crash back in. It's all still very much Floating Points, but not as we've ever heard him.