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Chilled Transmission: Low Island



Although still in their early twenties, Low Island share a rich and varied musical background which informs their current synthesis of styles. Carlos (vocals/guitars/keys), Jamie and Jacob (bass/keys) first played in an alt-rock band together in their teens before Carlos and Jamie instead embraced dance music with some success: they held a residency at The Warehouse in Leeds; DJed at festivals such as Glade and Gottwood.

The Oxford quartet have made a powerful introduction, with Radio 1 airplay from Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, adds to Spotify UK’s Best of 2016 Fresh Finds and New Indie Mix playlists, and positive comparisons with like-minded artists such as Caribou and Radiohead. As the January release of their self-titled EP approaches, Low Island have released the third of its four tracks with ‘Disconnect’. A highlight of their live show, ‘Disconnect’ meshes a whirlwind of jazz-inspired drums with equal measures of experimental indie and electronica.

“’Disconnect’ is a proper workout live,” says Jamie (vocals/guitars/keys/electronics). “The song is about miscommunication and misunderstanding between angry groups. The instrumental almost sounded like a bootleg UK garage track when we started it, then we expanded on the sounds to try to add depth. The backwards sound at the beginning is a set of grandfather clock chimes, homemade by the choreographer of our video.”

They drop todays Chilled Transmission, to ease us in to the week!

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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