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Tour Bus Playlist: Low Island’s essential tracks

The electro pop makers pick out their favourite tunes to listen to on tour.

Search Box, the new single from Oxford indie pop makers Low Island manages to simultaneously make you question society’s reliance on search engines, as well as making you want to get up and dance.

It’s the latest release from a band that isn’t frightened to intertwine high concept ideas with danceable pop tunes. The track has received praise from the likes of NME, Dork, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson.

From Oxfordshire, the four-piece, comprised of DJ/Producers Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada with bassist Jacob Lively and drummer Felix Higginbottom, have been making a name for themselves with a succession of EPs and singles released over the past 2 years.

Fresh from supporting Crystal Fighters on a run of European dates, including a sold out show at O2 Academy Brixton, the band have just announced they’ll be heading out on their Shut Out The Sun tour this autumn.

The tour’s name comes from the Michael Zielenziger authored book Shutting Out The Sun, which examines the world of the Japanese Hikikomori; a generation of (mostly) men, who have shut themselves off from society because of perceived failings in their lives.

To coincide with the latest tour announcement, we asked Carlos, Jacob, Felix and Jamie from the band to pick out their favourite tunes to listen to on the road, and tell us a bit about them.


Thom Yorke – Dawn Chorus
“My favourite track off the new record. Perfect for throwing everyone into an existential crisis”. – Carlos


Rosalía – Aute Cuture
“I love how Rosalía is bringing so many styles together in such a unique way. I finally got to see her at Glastonbury; it was my favourite set of the weekend and this song was the highlight”. – Carlos


Fontaines D.C. – Liberty Belle
“One of the most exciting debut albums I’ve heard it a long time. They deserve the Mercury.” – Jacob


Grace Lightman – Silver Eater
“Kate Bush discovering synths. Totally amazing” – Jacob


Sérgio Mendes – Magalenha 
“Because no one has ever played a triangle better”. – Felix


Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place 
“A good band pacifier this one. Something we can all agree on, apart from Jake our tour manager”. – Felix


Planningtorock – Beulah Loves Dancing
“Great track on DFA Records (James Murphy, Tim Goldsworthy and Jonathan Galkin). The strings and spoken words are fantastic”. – Jamie


Floating Points – Coorabell
“Amazing sounds all around on this B-side from Floating Points’ first club release in a long time”. – Jamie


Catch Low Island at the following shows:

31 October 2019 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
1 November 2019 – District, Liverpool
2 November 2019 – YES, Manchester
6 November 2019 – Electrowerkz, London
12 November 2019 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
13 November 2019 – Rough Trade Bristol
14 November 2019 – Think Tank at Digital, Newcastle Upon Tyne
6 December 2019 – The Bullingdon, Oxford

Get tickets for upcoming Low Island shows at Ticketmaster.co.uk 

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