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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Trouble (Lapalux Remix)

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First remix of new single “Trouble” (video review) by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (interview) comes from Lapalux, a solo project of Essex ambient producer Stuart Howard. Canonically restructured and numerously overgrown and perforated again, the result is more likely a painting of sounds than a classic song (which still makes it a great listening). Just last March Howard released his recent EP Many Face Out Of Focus via Pictures Music, who also host Seams.


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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Trouble

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Now you got me messed up, please believe me, Orlando Higginbottom sings in the new Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs single “Trouble” and as consternatedly looks into the camera, despite of lolling blondes around him and although the lyrical tables will turn shortly after again. You may got already used to his quite impassive performance in the previous videos, but here it’s paired with an as bloodless as party-happy human setting, apparently somewhere in the US with the single’s title appearing in big letters over a panorama in the beginning. A bearded and well tanned man in his mid-fifties fills the role of Orlando’s later alter ego  or the sect leader. Combined with the sentimental lyrics this is all above absurd.

The single, which is digitally already available and properly out on June 20 with yet to be named remixes, is the first TEED release with major label Polydor and a first foretaste taken from the upcoming debut album of the former Greco Roman artist. And step by step it becomes visible, what was meant, when we got told around our common interview in Berlin earlier this year, that Orlando pursues bigger goals and plans than the independent label could make possible. So the new video is not only a way more elaborate production but also shows his new headpiece. Paradoxically both, an abstraction and exaggeration of the prior ones, it was made by the internationally celebrated jewellery designers of Yunus & Eliza, using material by Swarovski Elements. You can see a short documentary of the creation process below.

Though, it’s a bit sad that “Trouble”, in musical terms, only remains as breather instead of instantaneous heater.

On June 16 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs play their biggest headliner gig to date at London’s Scala, on July 7 they play live with D.I.M. and Optimus Maximus at the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour in Nuremberg, followed by an appearance at Melt! Festival in the same month.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Trouble

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Interview

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If it happens that you meet a guy on the street wearing a dinosaur costume, claiming his father’s a professor in Oxford and the world’s most beautiful was written around 300 years ago in provincial Germany, you might tend to call him a lunatic not for bad reasons. If the same thing happens at a club, you better watch your mouth because you speak to Orlando Higginbottom alias Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Beginning a bit more than one year and a half ago with the bouncy, energetic debut EP All In One Sixty Dancehalls, the Oxfordshire talent has continuously gained more and more interest and popularity with the video for “Garden” becoming a semi-hit on Youtube.

And he’s not the usual next big thing. Not because of his wide musical knowledge and interest, including sharing a passion for Johann Sebastian Bach with the likes of Francesco Tristano and a love for all kinds and styles of electronic music with his con-genial label home Greco-Roman, which he’s about to leave. Nor his ability to create something like a smart and still fresh electro-house. But because of his condensed main thesis: Pop music is a tragedy. It’s time to discuss the approach, the costuming and the future and it’s an old video game console in the backstage of Magnet Club, Berlin, we find him at.

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Orlando: Hej sorry, I haven’t played Sonic 2 on a real SEGA for years.

Good to see you did enjoy it! Have you ever been a computer or video game fanatic?
No, but there was a game for Mac called Civilisation, which was fucking amazing. The idea of conquering the old world was something cool for me when I was six or seven. And because of that game I got already draw a map of the world at that young age, so I think it was educational.

But you turned out to be an electronic music producer and not a second Napoleon. And you made some developments on you three first EPs. I even think, that the third and lost one, the Household Goods EP, was somehow a synthesis or hybrid of the two prior Sixty Dancehalls EPs.
Yes, the third one was part of a whole series so I was going to that point. Really I see the second and the third one as a come-together, they’re in a same sound world for me. But all my music is never planned, I just look what tracks I got I can put out.

Still, you seem to have found your sound. And although their common core is more distinctive now, all the three songs vary a lot as usual.
It’s important to me that dance music is not one single bpm rate. But all the styles are good and all the styles are related. There’s always bass, drums and a melody. And if it’s a good tune, it’s a good tune. More producers should try writing other styles, because I think they do amazing music. Imagine Skream writing a tech-house tune: that would be fucking wicked.

Or the complete opposite.
You never know. What’s the harm in trying? I think, the fans are cooler now and up for producers challenging themselves. Things have changed because of the internet and Annie Mac. I feel, you can get away with more things now. When I first started playing sets with all kind of stuffs in it, I was scared that people could hate it. Was I not allowed to play electro-house any longer, for instance? Was it that uncool all of a sudden? And then I told myself: Fuck it!

How does it feel to have the Annie Mac or Greco-Roman’s Joe Godard (aka Joe Hot Chip) as your supporter?
The scene is very friendly and nurturing. People make an effort looking after you. Annie Mac and other BBC Radio 1 DJs took me under their wing, concious or not, but that feels amazing. But especially in the UK the people were always more interested in underground stuff, so actually if I become more successful it could be harder, ha.

“I try writing happy songs but whenever I play at the synths or the piano etc it turns tragic.”

In the UK underground genres are often rapidly turned into as anaemic as successful decal acts like Modstep.
(Creasing his face, when the name comes on) You can’t do anything about it. If you are 13 years old and start listening to the radio, then you don’t know the history but go straight in where everyone’s at now. That’s normal and why things move forward. Acts like Modstep will always happen and then there’s a backlash against it. But for a lot of people being into dubstep that one act could end it all. As Pendulum did with drum and bass. That was when a lot of people including me, who liked DnB for years and years, turned around. You feel something special is gone and look for something else. For myself, I just don’t want to ever not put a record out because people might not like not. Maybe I’ll have do someday, but I don’t hope so.

Instead you play a lot with different sounds and styles as for instance James Blake or many other newcomers do as well. Do you think this open approach is genuine to your producer generation?
Maybe. I know it’s happening, but I’m not sure why. If you are a kid now wanting to make music, you need no band but just a computer to start with. So thousands of thousands of people are getting really into it. There’s a lot of love inside and people feel that. They see the care others put into writing and recording their music. There’s a huge appreciation for it, especially for James Blake. Not only he is really talented, but obliviously cares for every sound. It’s a good time.

You again used to be a duo before.
I was not. In the beginning it was just me, then Boxman (Edmund Finnis*) joined me live for a year. Now he’s a serious music composer for orchestras and the opera. I again have now dancers on stage and sometimes Louisa (of Lulu and the Lampshades) from “Garden” with me.
*Finnis and Higginbottom, both used to sing in The Choir of New College Oxford directed by Orlando’s father Edward.

That song is a perfect example for what’s special and outstanding about your music – apart from its diversity: A certain vibe of melancholy.
I try writing happy songs but whenever I play at the synths or the piano etc it turns tragic. And I think, there’s something tragic about both, clubbing and pop music, and about being me and you.

What do you mean in particular?
On a very single level, you go out for a night out with dreams on what your night might to be: I’m going to get drunk, kiss a girl, have a great night… bla-bla. Most of the time this never happens and you get home slightly disappointed. Even when you had a great night, you’re sad about that two days later. For me, dance music is full of nostalgia, which is a really powerful emotion, and I hope, that’s what my music feels like. You best listen to it on a Wednesday, so after the weekend. Clubbing goes by like that and I’m back in my studio writing music about experiences I can’t really remember.

“I’m dressed as a dinosaur. I can’t be cool!”

In a way this contradicts with your funny, entertaining live shows.
Yes, that just happened and I don’t know why. I hope, it works.

How many dino costumes do you have? They must be very sweaty by now.
They are okay. The girls’ ones are worse. Mine are washable because they have a tail, so I dry-clean them. It’s two green ones and one of each, black, light blue and African-styled print. And I’ll get more. The black one is my favourite. Nina (Rebina), who also joins me as a dancer, makes the costumes, so whenever I have a hundred pounds I call her.

And they make you quite fashionably looking. Has ever someone from the fashion industry try to get you involved there in any way? Apparently you are always in Berlin around fashion week.
Yes, I have worked with designers on a head dress for myself, but I’ve never done fashion shoots or any related stuff. I’m not saying that I’m fashionable or that this is cool. I’m dressed as a dinosaur! I can’t be cool dressing like that and I’m not trying to. I actually try the opposite by telling my audience to be themselves, relax and have fun, not thinking about anything, because the guy on stage is dressed as a dinosaur, making a fool out of himself.

The whole thing reminds me of Max and his wolf costume in Where the Wild Things Are. Do you see your playful costuming as an escape of anything?
Escapism? Probably. Music is often escapism and this might be part of it. Sometimes I think I write music that is a get-away. But I don’t know, all I do, is that I enjoy it and see myself able to do it for a few more years. I can earn my living and people like it, so it works. There’s no great philosophy in the basket.

No agenda, no sub-context?
Of course not.

Why ‘of course not’? Why do nowadays’ thoughtfully and conceptionally working artists like you deny any kind of personal or aesthetic agenda?
Maybe we need some more poets, but I’m… Okay, if I have an agenda, it’s to entertain, but there’s no deep meaning or clichés in the lyrics. I just hope, people are humming my tunes somewhere. If I wanted to write serious music, I would write contemporary classical music. The world’s most beautiful music is Bach and why should I try competing with that? If I would try being deep and amazing, I would just play piano and other people’s music.

“Greco was a perfect home to me, but there’s another label.”

Does this all arise from your father Edward, who is a professor of choral music at the Oxford University?
From my mum and my dad. I learnt how to use a CD-player very young and listened to a lot of records. I loved playing the piano, sang in a choir as a kid. All of that was very important to me. Classical music is serious and incredible stuff but I’m doing something light. The melancholy, the tragedy of my music… it’s heavy but it just happens, it’s nothing I think about.

Do you exchange thoughts with him about your music?
Yes, he wants me to change it more, to develop ideas more. To him a loop going around for a whole track – which makes good dance music – does not make sense to him. He loves minimalism, Reich and Cage, but, I think, techno is beyond him to understand. But to be fair, when you dedicated your life to classical music and you’re sixty-something, techno is going to feel quite alien. But I can feel the same kind of energy in both and how do you explain that?

I guess, it’s the same approach but different techniques. Speaking about composing: What’s the state of your debut album?
The album is being written now and I have to finish it in three weeks, so it will come out in summer. Maybe there will be some features. I’m currently recording some people and will see how it goes. You have to try things. I was very happy with that EP format and putting three, four tracks together to take you into different directions. Now you have an album, the whole cut. Many people will listen to it. How are you going to present it? It takes me around for a few years now so it has to be right, giving the right message across.
And I won’t be releasing any more music with Greco for now, because there’s another label, a major. But it was a perfect home to me. They enabled me to do this weird project and I’m sure that we’ll still do parties and other things together.

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Later Greco-A&R Alex Waldron will tell us, that Orlando’s plans were just too big for the small labels budget, so we’re looking forward to the things to come. Also his collaboration with Riton is still on with two tracks already been recorded. Next thing coming up is Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs supporting Darwin Deez in the UK and Germany, starting today in Manchester – find all dates here. In addition, read an interview with Nina Rebina on her design work at Amelia’s Magazine.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Household Goods EP was released by Greco-Roman.


The 2 Bears : The Lunatics (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) (Stream)


Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Household Goods (Justin Martin vocal remix) (Stream)

Berlin: Fashionweek Partyguide 2011

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Wait, it’s already the time of the Fashionweek, Bread & Butter and so on again? Once more having to share the Berlin nightlife with beautiful models and well-dressed fashion journalists? Once more enjoying the additional cultural adventures around the tam-tam of colour, cut and style? Count us in! And while we list you all the decent events of the week below, we of course want to guide you to the dear following sites for more professional views and critics on actual fashion and textiles: DERZEIT, Flannel Apparel, iHeartBerlin, i-ref, Les Mads, Spex.de and Stil in Berlin – inform yourselves!

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City Slang’s new band Wye Oak is presenting its third and new album Civilian for free and intimately at the Michelbergerhotel; ideally it will sound like this (and that should be really good) – 7.30 pm

At .HBC weekly event series Cinema will turn into the official Fashion Week Opening Party of DERZEIT with the charming host trios of Glamcanyon, Svenster and Elizafoxx welcoming guest-DJs Bonnie Strange and Willy Wonka – 10 pm

But cherished and praised DJ Hugo Capablanca will head to Torstraße to spin some tunes at Neue Odessa Bar instead.

And since rock music is always… er… totally in, the list wouldn’t be complete without JEFF the Brotherhood. Eventually as a guitar-drummer duo the Orrall brothers have exactly the perfect size for West Germany’s small and shaky tage – 9 pm (doors)

-TUESDAY-

From today to Sunday Civilist at Brunnenstrasse 13 offers you a space to relax from the fashion trouble and warm-up for the night with the DJs of keinemusik – every day from 5 to 10 pm

The Projekt Galerie invites everyone to their own FW opening party at .HBC and the Blind Date Swingers Club is among the cooperation partners – 7 pm, free entrance

-WEDNESDAY-

The Whitest Boy Alive play a little gig at Festsaal Kreuzberg, but apparently that’s too small and hence already sold out. You should still find some tickets, though – 10 pm (start)

Los Massieras will appear live at the Bread & Butter stand of Diesel around 8 pm, afterwards it’s then time for Banamania at the King Size Bar, where T.Keeler and Valentino will join.

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This beautiful women has an as beautiful voice, too, and will present her debut album not on the catwalk, but at KulturKaufhaus Dussmann: British newcomer Anna Calvin plays a free gig – 7 pm

Also solo for one night is Hercules and Love Affair‘s Andy Butler, who will deejay at Asphalt, supported by the guys of Remmidemmi, Veltenmeyer and live act Hypnotic Lights – 10 pm

Radio brings Onkel Bernie (live), Graf Zafula and (for the electronic dessert) Rampa and Adam Port of keinemusik – the latter recently joint forces with Ruede Hagelstein – at SO36 – 10 pm

No Fashionweek without a Broken Hearts Club: The stylish globetrotters booked Mark Seven, Kaos (Italians Do It Better!, DFA) and Hugo Capablanca for a spectacular night of ‘hysteric glamour’ (that’s the dresscode) at Ballhaus Berlin – 10 pm

Nhan Solo, Ante Perry, Acidkid Daniel Dexter and Giampiero will deejay for WeSC  at the nhow-Hotel at Stralauer Allee; free entrance – 10 pm

Live act Return To Zero plus DJs Emile Doesn’t Drive and Franz Scala at Soju Bar- 11 pm

-FRIDAY-

Friday night is concert night and there’s no better event than Introducing at Magnet: With Crystal Fighters (the beautiful people from above) and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs there’s not only one of the best live acts we know, but also one of our most cherished and talented young producers on the bill. Furthermore there will be the also British Minnaars plus DJ sets by Karrera Klub and Trashpop – 1o pm

The Sounds have the charming Maja Ivarsson as singer and with Crossing The Rubicon a quite good album. You can watch both live in action together with label colleagues The Blood Arm and Eight Legs at Snowhite Music Night at Postbahnhof auf – 10 pm (start)

Villa will party the extraordinary amount of three days and nights through. Sadly, that’s not for a nice reason, since the terrain will be sold to build some new mall, hipster estate or whatever. Of course that needs a few more acts to fill the weekend and you can find them ALL here. Among others, the dear Tricus & Gold, Jake the Rapper, Funkenstrøm, die Gebrüder Teichmann feat. Raumagent, Oliver $, Shir Khan, David Dorad, Das Christl, Robosonic, Basteroid, DJ Wool, Der E-Kreisel, Full Nelson, Mutlu, Leo Diamond will be among them, so it’s going to be dancing with old friends and tears in one’s eyes (Hi, Ultravox!).

Ed Banger boss Busy P and Hugo Capablanca will deejay for Marshall Headphones at the Weinmeister Hotel – 7 pm; invite only (Write Hugo a kind mail!)

Capablanca can also been seen behind the decks of the Illusion Institute at Bar Tausend with Christian d’Or (the “disco prince of Denmark”) later that night.

-SATURDAY-

Achtung magazine and Get Physical await you together with Patrick Bodmer of M.A.N.D.Y., Fetisch & Kaos, Siopis, Niki Paul of the Broken Hearts Club and no less than professional fashion provacteur  and semi-professional DJ Patrick Mohr at Cookies – 11 pm

Darwin Deez : Too much of Nietzsche

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Darwin Deez: Empty pan but well-stocked bookshelf

One typical problem of philosophical studies can occur, when one get’s lost in his (or her) own treatise way too much, unable to put it aside, while reality is slowly moving away from you. It’s only a short while ago, when musician and former philosophy student Darwin Deez found himself in this very awkward situation, explicitly studying the work of Nietzsch. Unfortunately the monster-moustachioed German mastermind of the late 19th century, a great free thinker himself, back then vegetated until mania. And it was then again Deez, who consequently got infected as well and fell into the big black holes that are heavy depressions.

Luckily, he found a way out and is now – in opposite to Nietzsche, who died exactly 200 years ago as a broken man – a performer full of verve and vitality. With his band he’s bringing us a wave of jazzy, harmonic sounds, euphoria implying and happiness encouraging. Best example therefore is of course the hit single “Radar Detector”.


Darwin Deez : Radar Detector (Video directed by Ace Norton)

And there we are with the ‘music therapy’ again, or better, creating music as a therapeutic remedy, as antidepressant. Of course, Deez is digesting his darker days in his lyrics, but is aligning them with lo-fi-sounds and hippie elements instead of melancholic sound structures.  Sometimes this makes a quite ironic listening, but all in all Darwin Deez’ music is constantly evoking a feeling, that’s literally best described with the happily agreeing outcry: yeaaah!

Not for no reasons whole collectives of people with their hands swinging above their nodding heads followed Darwin through his sets at f.i. Melt! festival and so many other events. And while DD are currently touring the UK again, there are already new dates for the country and Germany for February and March 2011. Until then you can spent you days with both, the Lucky Number (Rough Trade) released debut album Darwin Deez or the single “Constellations”, which was just re-released today with remixes by the highly appreciated SBTRKT and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (who once again prove here that we do it for good reasons) by the same imprint. T.E.E.D. will also support Darwin on his 2011 dates.


Darwin Deez : Constellations (Video directed by Terri Timely)


Darwin Deez : Constellation (Remixes)

Darwin Deez live 2010:
19.10. Thekla, Bristol
20.10. Cavern, Exeter
21.10. Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
22.10. Digital, Brighton
23.10. Jericho, Oxford
24.10. Arts Centre, Norwich
26.10. Scala, London
27.10. Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28.10. Kasbah, Coventry
30.10. Plug, Sheffield

2011:
24.02. Academy 2, Manchester
25.02. Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
26.02. Garage, Glasgow
27.02. Metropolitan University, Leeds
01.03. Waterfront, Norwich
02.03. HMV Institute, Birmingham
03.03. Koko, London
04.03. Anson Rooms, Bristol
05.03. Concorde 2, Brighton
07.03. Knust, Hamburg
08.03. Gleis 22, Münster
09.03. Gloria, Cologne
10.03. Backstage, Munich
11.03. Lido Astra, Berlin

(Text translated by Thomas Vorreyer)

T.E.E.D. : Household Goods

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Orlando Higginbottom not only owns one of the most euphonious names in current producing business, but quite a lot of talent. On new track “Household Goods” Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have made the almost perfect synthesis of the tremendously, melancholically melodic eletro pop behind recent single “Garden” (see below) featuring a duet with Luisa Gerstein and the forward-pushing, bouncier early productions from back in the days, when there were two dinosaurs – like “Moon Hits the Mirrorball” of the All In One Sixty Dancehalls EP. Well done, Sir!

The All In One Sixty Dancehalls EP and the All In Two Sixty Dancehalls EP (ft. “Garden”) were released by Greco-Roman, which is preparing the Household Goods EP”s release for November 8. See live dates at the bottom.

READ: The whole Greco-Roman story in one big interview


Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Household Goods [Stream]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Garden [Video]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs live:
13.10. In The City/Contort Yourself, Manchester
16.10. Razzmatazz, Barcelona
22.10. AMP @ O2 Academy, Oxford
28.10. CYNT @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
29.10. Relentless Freeze Festival @ Battersea Power Station, London
05.11. Greco Roman @ Social Club, Paris
11.11. AMP @ Digital, Brighton
12.11. AMP @ Motion, Bristol
13.11. Mixmag Uk Tour @ The Plug, Sheffield

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs EP

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Speaking about music videos: If you once saw a fat Dave Grohl in women’s cloths and this wiry stringy and tireless creature called Madonna in spandex, you can’t be shocked by a weird dude in a turquoise cape with finger colours around his eyes and a weird dude in a red cape with a sparkling plastic box on his head and a flowerpot and a pyramid in his hands. Even if they’re dancing in a meanly lighted nursery.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are doing exactly that but nevertheless you shouldn’t depreciate them since they have a) arguably the best band name ever since – let’s say – The Beatles and they have b) their debut EP “All In One Sixty Dancehalls” out now.

That record in turn features three songs which you liked each of them to be your personal soundtrack once back in time at the primary school, while you were fooling around with your girlfriend of that time at the kids clubs in your local mall. Even before you grow too tall for the 5feet gate at the entrance and even before you became too stupid for her and she left you for that pseudo hool from the comprehensive.

These three songs bring you the fun of your old days back! And now watch out folks: You can listen to them with full volume even as a cool adult, teenager or wannabee-anything because these compositions are unquestionable. Hey babe, how about us once again?

TEED too could have named themselfeves Godzilla. Their record would even easily offset that faux pas AND those weird suits without embarrassing their tunes. Thank God they didn’t anyway, imagine the poor Greco-Roman label would had to print such a stupid name on it’s vinyls. In that case we still prefer the silly clothes.

Thanks to British magazine NME the label’s bevonlence you can get the track “Bournemouth” already as a free download. And to everyone who, after reading this article, still wants to hurt his eyes and missed the 100 weirdest outfits on Youtube: here’s the video which actually features TEED’s whole body of work up to now:

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinousaurs “All In One Sixty Dancehalls” was already released.