IS TROPICAL are a trio from England. Formed in London in 2009, IS TROPICAL first came to international attention with the release of their debut single « When O’ When » released on Hit Club Records in January 2010, produced by Al Al Al (The Big Pink / Klaxons/ Duran Duran). They were soon signed to French music and fashion label Kitsuné (Digitalism/Hot Chip/Mark Ronson/Phoenix/Two Door Cinema Club).
The band entered the studio in the autumn of 2010 with Jimmy Robertson (Plan B/Mystery Jets/Big Pink) to record their debut album, the first fruits of which was the single ‘South Pacific’ released in Jan 2011. This second release and first for their new Label Kitsuné / Cooperative Music, was mixed by LEXXX (Crystal Castles /Gwen Stefani) and received great praise for the development and sophistication in its sound. Around this time IS TROPICAL toured the UK and Europe as special guests of Klaxons, The Big Pink, Mystery Jets, Good Shoes and also a co-headline tour with Egyptian Hip Hop.
In June 2011 they released their debut long player “Native to”, proceeded by the single “The Greeks”. « The Greeks » was accompanied by a video directed by French directors Megaforce, which quickly went viral (almost 3,500,000 plays to date on YouTube, and over 10,000,000 on Chinese Youtube). The video was critically praised and has won many awards (The Antville Music Video Awards 2011’, UK Music Video Awards 2011’, D&AD Yellow Pencil Award 2012’, Artrocker Award).
After the release of « Native to » and of single « Lies », the band spent rest of 2011 and part of 2012 touring Europe, USA (with Crystal Fighters), Japan, South America and the Far East.
In January 2013, IS TROPICAL released an electronic EP, titles « FLAGS », featuring artists Get People, Visions, Drugzndreamz, Goodbye Leopold and Owen Pratt.
IS TROPICAL’ have announced the release of their second album ‘I’m Leaving’ on 20th May 2013 on KITSUNÉ / Cooperative Music. The album was produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode).