Calvin Harris (c) Kate Goodacre, 2007

A Festival (Mini) Mixtape – LED Festival

Calvin Harris (c) Kate Goodacre, 2007

Calvin Harris (c) Kate Goodacre, 2007


Victoria Park may now be looking rather scorched after its summer of excess (Lovebox, Field Day, Underage Festival to name but a few highlights). However, everyone loves a first, and London Electronic Dance Festival (or LED) for short seems to have set the standards high in its first year. Mixing dance stalwarts like David Guetta with relative newcomers such as Professor Green, it promises great things this Bank Holiday weekend. Fortuitously, this mini-mix should fill the walking time between Mile End tube station and the park gates nicely.

1. Goldfrapp – Lovely Head

A strong start to any mixtape, this is Goldfrapp at their kooky, interesting, arresting best. This sultry little number from the band's first album Felt Mountain showcases some refreshing instrumentation, haunting samples and Alison Goldfrapp's infamous come-hither vocals. Lay back and enjoy.

CD1 - 02 - Goldfrapp - Lovely Head by frenetic

2. Tiga – What You Need
Montreal's Tiga has a remix discography that includes work for musical heavyweights like The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, The Prodigy and Soulwax, but his own material's a joy to listen too as well. The glitchtastic What You Need, from 2009's Ciao!, was written and produced by the brothers Dewaele, in a heartwarming example of repeated musical collaboration.

3. Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane remix)
Here is a rare example of an occasion where a remix of a track turns out to be considerably better than the original. Aeroplane's reversioning brings order and maturity to the St Albans' trio's second single, with sultry vocals courtesy of the ever-charming Au Revoir Simone. The result is altogether more instant.

Paris (Aeroplane Remix) by zacjs

4. Calvin Harris - Colours
The good ship Motel's cap'n must declare that has a bit of a soft spot for Calvin Harris (pictured), especially after seeing him play at Bestival in 2007 with a full live band. He really didn't have to - Harris could have just played all those songs on synths with a computer next to him, but giving them the full live treatment lent his first offering I Created Disco more bite, and created a real sense of an occasion. Hopefully he'll do the same in Victoria Park this time around.

Calvin Harris - Colours by DANIOW

(P.S - 1,000 Motelista bonus points for anyone who runs onstage with a pineapple on their head during The Girls and provides us with pictoral or video evidence - Mischievous Motel Ed)

5. Soulwax – Much Against Everyone’s Advice
Soulwax have been a huge part of the Motel collective's social calendar since its inception in 2007 - both in their original form and under the heading of their disc-spinning alter ego 2manydjs. The title track from their 1998 breakthrough album shows them at their most commanding - and serves as a sour reminder to your editor of how she really should have gone to see them at Bestival last year.

mixtape and archive photography by Kate Goodacre

Tickets for LED cost £70 (weekend tickets) or £40 (day tickets), and are available from the usual outlets. Prices do not include booking and handling fees or postage. A full list of prices is available on the LED website. The gates will open at 13.00 on both Friday and Saturday. The entrance is located on Grove Road. Nearby Tube/DLR and Overground stations include Mile End, Bow Road, Bow Church, Stratford and Bethnal Green. Please bring ID if you are fortunate enough to look under 21 years old. Finally, there’s no camping at LED – you must leave the site at the end of Friday if you have weekend tickets.

www.ledfestival.net