Oxford’s Low Island have subtly become one of the most promising up and coming bands this year; that’s if their 2 million Spotify plays is anything to go by. They haven’t slipped under our radar either. We fell in love with the fragmented ‘Disconnected’ last year before making ‘Holding It Down’ our Track of the Week back in March.

These previous tracks saw glimpses of off-beat Radiohead and Foals but new cut, ‘The Lines’, provides a heftier dose of their electronic abilities with flickers of Caribou, Four Tet and Disclosure. Get too caught up in the jostling synths though and you’ll miss the deeper meaning of vocalist Jamie’s lyrics. “There have always been people who want to define the world with dividing lines,” he says. “The song is from the perspective of these people, who feel threatened by those on the other side of the line. If you listen very carefully in the middle of the song, you might hear their voices.”

The track comes of the band’s forthcoming third EP which features six other tracks and is set to be their biggest statement yet with a UK tour to accompany it. Full dates can be found below:

7th – Middlesbrough, Twisterella
13th – Glasgow,  Stereo (Low Island & Friends show)
14th – Leeds, Headrow House (Low Island & Friends show)
21st – Oxford, Ritual Union Festival (Low Island & Friends afterparty) 
22nd – Primavera Club, Barcelona, Spain

November – Low Island & Friends shows
3rd – Bristol, Crofters Rights
8thLondon, Corsica Studios (support by Our Mother)
9th – London, Corsica Studios (support by Stereo Honey)

10th – Manchester, Deaf Institute

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Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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