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Welcome to our latest playlist, this time by independent rockers ISLAND. You can whet appetites ahead of their new EP in February 2017 with this selection…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 9 Dec 2016
  • min read
Welcome to our latest playlist, this time by independent rockers ISLAND.

The Oxford-formed, London-based band has enjoyed a steady, independent rise, with Rollo Doherty, Jack Raeder, James Wolfe and Toby Richards selling out London's Scala. The group have a new live date in the capital at Heaven on 3 May and a new EP ready to go in February. But if you can't wait that long, then here's a playlist from the band on their current favourites. Have a listen below.

Otzeki - Already Dead

These guys are our best buddies. As well as being insanely beautiful, they have the most authentic sound and aura around. Their live show is full of surprises, and this tune is always a standout. Toby’s already asked them play it at his funeral.

Hidden Charms - Left Hand Man

Also our brothers. We had this song on repeat all the way down to a show in Brighton, and couldn’t get the chorus out of our heads for at least another week after.

Alabama Shakes - Dunes

We saw a lot of great music at the festivals we played last summer, but one of the best moments was hearing this song lift a crowd up in the baking heat.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Let Me Get There (feat. Kurt Vile)

Whether you’re waking up on a lazy Sunday morning or cruising down the autobahn at high-speed, this tune is seven and a half minutes of pure vibes.

Fleetwood Mac - I Loved Another Woman

Can't not have a bit of Peter Green in there, most amazing songwriter of all time in his day.

Neil Young - Old Man

It's amazing when you have a career as long as Neil Young to write a song like this in your twenties and still be singing it in your seventies.

Palace - Holy Smoke

Couldn't leave our Beatnik buds off this list. This is a stand out tune from their debut album and has a raw emotion that really compliments the intimacy and meaning behind the lyrics.

Badbadnotgood - Time Moves Slow

The perfect mood to soundtrack a walk outside on a crisp winter's morning, watching the world fly by you.

Matt Maltease - Strange Time

Jack and Toby stumbled upon this driving back from a show recently. This guy has a serious sound - definitely one of our recommends for 2017.

Skinshape - Mandala

It was after a while of having known Palace, that we first heard their bassist's side project - Skinshape - and it was an instant favourite.

Cat Stevens - Lady D'Arbanville

Our producer whacked this on in the car after we finished mixing our second EP and Wolfe loved it so much he insisted on playing it twice. It acts as a nice reminder of that week in the studio.

Avalanche - Just Friends

Discovered this fairly recently and knew nothing about the artist, and still don't really - shows how different means of listening to music are these days, that you can get into a song and know absolutely nothing about an artist. Stunning tune.