TEED's Orlando is back in his hometown of Oxford, back at the Bullingdon, back at Simple, back to prehistoric times! It's another irregular Friday-night Simple, so chisel it into your filo-flintstone and make a date with history because the last time was totally enormous!
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS
The gentleman you see wearing the bizarre attire is one Orlando; producer and performer behind the creatively named Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
Originally hailing from the Greco-Roman stable, TEED has released three EPs with the Berlin and London party-starters. They are all superbly executed cross-sections of electronic mayhem. As Orlando explains, “It goes from 124 bpm to 140 bpm. It crosses lots of genres and sub-genres of dance music, and I don’t really know or care about all these genres, I think they’re a bit useless and unnecessary. It’s just dance music at the end of the day.”
It was ‘Garden’ from last summer’s ‘All In Two Sixty Dancehalls’ EP that propelled TEED into the spotlight. ‘Garden’ is a gorgeous, sing-song house miniature featuring boy girl vocals (Dinosaur himself plus Luisa from Lulu and the Lampshades). Its balance of pop sensibility, sharp basslines and dance floor melancholy has charmed everyone from Annie Mac to James Holden. This was followed in November by the sonically ambitious ‘Household Goods’, championed by Radio 1, that’s made TEED one of the dance music’s brightest new talents.
The son of an Oxford University music professor and still Oxford based, Orlando Higginbottom was lured into the countryside by the rumblings of early jungle. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs swings between overt musicality and scarily on-point dance floor intuition, ripping up gigs around the globe with his live show of bizarre instruments, glitter cannons and of course… dancing dinosaurs. There’s a sense of playfulness, sleight of touch and FUN that seems missing from many of his contemporaries. The BIG remixes of Professor Green, Darwin Deez, Fenech-Soler and Katy Perry have helped turn the wheels even faster.
Having survived Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs has now signed to Polydor Records, toured the States, headlined London’s Scala and is on track to play 25 festivals in Europe this summer. A new single ‘Trouble’ is out now, with his debut album to follow early in 2012.
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