"Together"

The XX
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The XX

Since releasing their ethereal debut album, South London trio The xx have hardly put a foot wrong. Collecting the Mercury Music Prize for xx, they followed it with last year's Coexist - a stunning LP even more delicate than its predecessor. Sparse and subtle, their sound translates to some of the most atmospheric live performances around. Current live project Night + Day is an especially attractive proposition. Hand-picking their favourite bands, food and festival wares, the XL Recordings trio have curated three unique events in suitably decadent surroundings. From a disused Berlin theme park, to Bélem Tower in Lisbon - the last date for the band and their support is in a Hertfordshire country mansion on 22 June. Taking some well-earned downtime, we asked bassist and vocalist Mr Oliver Sim for the tracks and acts that inspired this special series of mini festivals.

"Lay Your Cards Out"

PoliÇa
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PoliÇa

"One of the most enticing parts of building the line-up for Night + Day has essentially been that we're creating our own fantasy musical experience. Poliça have undoubtedly been our band of the past year. This track is simply beautiful."

"Made to Stray"

Mount Kimbie
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Mount Kimbie

"Mount Kimbie have to be one of the most progressive bands I follow. Their fluid mix of guitar music and electronics is something we aspire to - I definitely feel an affinity with this band. This is the first released track from their new album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth."

"Feel Real"

Deptford goth
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Deptford goth

"I've listened to Deptford Goth's album Life After Defo a lot in the past few months. I feel he writes fantastic pop songs with big choruses and classic melodies. This song is one of my favourites and has a great video."

"Locked in Closets"

Solange
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Solange

I've had the terrifying honour of sharing the stage with Solange on more than one occasion. She's one of the most exciting performers I've ever seen. Her EP True is perfect pop and is regularly heard playing from our dressing rooms.

"The River"

Chromatics
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Chromatics

I am continuously inspired by Chromatics. The three of us saw them live when we were 18, long before we'd released anything. We saw them in Berlin and Lisbon and our love for them hasn't changed. This is the brilliant "The River" off their last album Kill for Love.

Catch The xx and more for Night + Day near London on 22 June. For more info click here. Listen to Mr Sims' track selections on Spotify.

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