Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs by Stephanie Sian Smith

Yes, this is a music project that is called Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. You’re free to introduce the electronic/beat production wunderkind to people as T-E-E-D, though at some point you’ll also need to add that Mr. Dinosaurs dresses like a stegosaurus at shows that adulterate dance styles in a mesh of house-drum-bass-dub-bro-post-whatever-step that aims, indiscriminately, at club kids of all ilk. This is obviously not a project for purists. But hearing Orlando, the man/child behind the project, talk about his intent and approach to aesthetics in this Channel 4 produced, 11-minute doc is refreshing. The Oxford music professor’s son hopes his unorthodox mix of electro styles, coming from a studied hand and with disarmingly silly external signifiers, will work toward warding off the microgenre pretension that keeps less studious folks from entering the realm of studied dance music. After Iceland Airwaves I’d joked that Extinct Dinosaurs was basically Hot Chip x Deadmau5, which now seems less of a joke than a fair formula.

This 4play short joins T-E-E-D on the way to Germany’s Melt festival, wherein Orlando talks about the gimmick, aesthetics, his music, and background, and shoots a confetti gun. See if you like:

T-E-E-D is part of Damon Albarn’s Congo project, and will have an album out next year. Here’s the finest of his primary jams, “Garden”:

And another, “Household Goods”:

Lastly, a remix of “Garden” by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, who released the first T-E-E-D stuff on his Greco-Roman label:

Comments (5)
  1. This guy and The History of Apple Pie will be duking it out next year for most confusing band names.

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  3. Saw this dude at CMJ last week and he is THE REAL DEAL. Really great show that had me dancing my ass off. I’d been dying for some new forward-thinking, indie dance music and this guy has finally come to the rescue. Plus, Deadmau5 has gone to the mainstream rave set now, so I don’t really understand the comparison besides the fact that they both wear costumes.

    • Don’t sell yourself short, surlyduck, you understood — “Hot Chip in a costume” was essentially the joke in the first place. The Deadmau5 part is less of a joke and has more symbolic weight now that I’ve seen the video, though, after hearing Orlando talk about his take on dance music and his populist, anti-intellectual approach to genre distinctions. The mainstream is sort of exactly what he’s targeting with that philosophy.

      I missed that Cameo set in favor of some horrible afterparty near the New Museum, and I’m bummed about that. But I’ve seen it live, and it is good.

  4. I’ve been a fan of TEED ever since I first heard of him (with a remix of Chrystal Fighters “Xtatic Truth”) and I found this video very interesting, to finally see the master. His signature sound, to me, is his silly basslines and bouncy rhythms.

    And I don’t consider “Garden” his finest. I recommend to try his (nearly) instrumental “That One”, and his remixes of Professor Green “Monster” and Wafa “Ewid Disco” instead.

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