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Opening summer festival season in style, London’s most diverse festival festival,Field Day, returns to Victoria Park in East London this weekend.

One of this year’s headliners, Canadian electronic maverick Caribou, is sure to be bringing a blistering trademark audio-visual assault to match his sweet electro-tinged grooves. Another main act are reformed shoegaze legends Ride, who put Oxford on the guitar map when Radiohead were still just a twinkle in Thom Yorke‘s eye.

But headliners are just tip of the gigantic musical iceberg. As you might expect, there is a plethora of the hotly-tipped and devoutly followed indie acts around, from the kooky charm offensive of Liverpudlians Stealing Sheep to Django Django and Savages.

Both days also feature many of the acts GIITTV have been praising to the hilt of late. FKA Twigs‘ live show has seen her headline venues as illustrious as The Roundhouse, building on the critical and commercial success of her widely lauded (and minimally titled) debut album LP1. Imagine an unsettling blend of vocals reminiscent of Kate Bush and an exotic, sultry take on Massive Attack‘s slow motion breakbeat nightmares and you might start getting close to the enigma of FKA Twigs.

Ok, so we all know the Field Day line up is ridiculous and if you’re reading this it’s unlikely we need to instruct you to watch Caribou or Ride or Patti Smith because you obviously should. FKA Twigs, Hookworms, DIIV, Mac DeMarco, John Talbot,Savages, Matthew E. White and Run The Jewels are all amazing too. But we also wanted to share some of the less obvious picks you should make time for during the 6/7 June weekender in Victoria Park.

At the other end of the energy spectrum, US punks Ex-Hex should up the tempo with oodles of three-chord, three- minute garage rock pop charm executed with a don’t-give-a-shit snarl. Expect a sprint through some of the highlights of last year’s Rips LP, as the three piece set about making Green Day sound like one of Radiohead’s more pensive b-sides. The scratchy, wonderfully irritable sounds of Canada’s Viet Cong make for an altogether edgier experience. Or, if you’re in search of something a little more wry and humorous, the downbeat but uplifting sensibilities of Matthew E White might do the trick, combining an earthy folkiness and caustic lyrical wit with knowing nods to the sweet simplicity of original rock ‘n’ roll. As one his best known songs has it, ‘Rock and Roll Is Cold’; but his set will probably be one of the more heartwarming treats of Field Day.

There’s also a serious contingent of psyche to this year’s festival line up, for those looking to drift off to dimensions further flung than the portaloos and burrito stalls. Especially recommended by the GIITTV staff are Hookworms, whose trance-like guitar workouts boast echoes of Spacemen 3 or even veteran space rockers Hawkwind, with more than a dose of Krautrock minimalism. A trait they share with the equally lauded Telegram, whose Matt Wood actually spent 18 months working at Faust‘s HQ in Germany before forming the Anglo-Welsh outfit. And if that all sounds a bit fierce, then the more leisurely and serene sounds of Errors could be the remedy. A self-styled “post-electro” band from Glasgow, Scotland, they’re signed to Rock Action Records, the label founded and managed by the band Mogwai; and they clearly share a certain distinctive gliding sonic sparkle with their label bosses (as well as a love of referencing rave in their titles – ‘How Clean Is Your Acid House?’ being one). With a fresh album – their fifth – called Lease of Lifeemerging recently, the three piece will be showing why they’re one of the most celebrated new live acts around this weekend.

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Caribou‘s terrific 2014 album “Our Love” has just been given an expanded digital edition with seven remixes, including “Second Chance” by Cyril Hahn and two different versions of “Mars” by Head High, all of which can be heard below. Says Caribou’s Dan Snaith:

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The Cyril Hahn remix is a beautiful ethereal slowed-down version of ‘Second Chance’ and came about in the way that many of my favorite remixes from this album did: Cyril made a bootleg mix from the album version which caught my attention and I loved it and sent him the parts to finish for the full released version…

…The Head High remixes illustrate the prowess of one of house and techno’s don’s – Germany’s René Pawlowitz aka Head High aka Shed aka Wax aka WK7 aka Evil Fred aka The Traveller aka Wax aka… I’ve been hammering Head High’s tunes in my DJ sets (alongside everyone else) for years. He’s infallible – almost inhumanly so. His tracks reliably pulverize everything in their path.

Full tracklist for the expanded Our Love is below.

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Having played two sold out shows at Webster Hall last year, Caribou will be back in NYC during the warmer months to play a Summer Stage show. Caribou will be among the headlining acts at Latitude Festival

Caribou – Our Love (Expanded Edition) tracklist:
1. Can’t Do Without You
2. Silver
3. All I Ever Need
4. Our Love
5. Dive
6. Second Chance
7. Julia Brightly
8. Mars
9. Back Home
10. Your Love Will Set You Free
11. Can’t Do Without You (Extended Mix)
12. Your Love Will Set You Free (c2’s Set U Free RMX)
13. Second Chance (Cyril Hahn Edit)
14. Mars (Head High’s Core Remix)
15. Mars (Head High’s Venus Remix)
16. Our Love (Daphni Mix)
17. Can’t Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)

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‘Our Love’ is the sixth studio album from Dan Snaith, aka Caribou. Following his small departure as Daphni, Snaith’s return completes a four year wait following the ever popular Swim. The single ‘Can’t do without you’ must be THE song of summer 2014! Other stand out moments ‘Silver’ and ‘All I Ever Need’ are equally as stunning, and this is a joy of an album from start to finish.
Like the artwork, the music on ‘Our Love’ is complex, layered and delightfully colourful. Each tapestry pulsates with a rich and warm beat and the album manages to hold a peculiar feeling of melancholia and optimism together. This allows the album to sit nicely in your headphones in solitary confinement but also not sound out of place in a group setting – ‘Our Love’ is both bedroom and dance-floor compatible.It’s a truly infectious record that demands successive listens. Instantly accessible but also rich in sound to maintain your interest. You will have a lot of ‘love’ for this record. Caribou fans should be delighted.