Video: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Blood In The Snow
Grammy nominated artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs releases a somber yet tantalizing new single ‘Blood In The Snow’, his first original release of 2022. The track marks a new chapter for the dynamic artist who has also announced his first album in a decade, ‘When the Lights Go’, due out later this year on his own label imprint Nice Age.
‘Blood In The Snow’ is the opening to a look inside a deeply personal journey across a ten year period in time where it’s safe to say that, both personally and globally, life has been a lot. Recorded predominantly in Orlando’s studio in Los Angeles, ‘When the Lights Go’ is his first album since 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Trouble’. The new album marks a departure in sound, defined, of course, by the events of the last few years. Encompassing songwriting, ballads and a pop-centered aesthetic, it’s full of depth, feeling, storytelling and woe – presented in a compelling manner, as only he can.
Double bass and keyboards begin the song with a tense intro that changes course with Orlando’s haunting melodies after the one minute mark, the lyrics of ‘Blood In The Snow’ are gentle yet striking. Distorted synths bring way to the longing that can be heard in his delicate voice and come to a halting crescendo, saturated by layers of textures that crunch together. “This song is about melting glaciers and wanting a daughter, where to put love in this tailspin,” says Orlando about the track.
Stream ‘Blood In The Snow’ now: https://orcd.co/bloodinthesnow When the Lights Go Pre-order/Pre-save: https://orcd.co/whenthelightsgo
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Heartbreak [Strobe Warning]
Dinosaurs to deliver a dancefloor-driven 12” that builds on some of the foundations of electronic music, tracing a line from 1980’s NYC through to the warehouse parties of today.
Lead single “Heartbreak”—released digitally today alongside a UK rave inspired visual by Director Tom Andrew—is a breakbeat-driven ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970’s & 80’s. Sampling Christine Wiltshire’s iconic vocal line “I can’t take the heartbreak” from the ‘83 disco anthem “Weekend” by Class Action.
Having both settled in LA around 2015, the two UK artists quickly struck up a friendship. With subsequent years spent performing at each other’s gigs and exchanging demos, they finally got into the studio together to record “Heartbreak” and B-side “6000 Ft.”. “Orlando (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) was playing me a fairly stripped back idea he had for something last year,” says Green. “We spent a few afternoons in his studio trying ideas out and eventually, ‘Heartbreak’ was the end result.”
With the sample at its core, the track sees both artists pay their respects to one of the formative scenes in electronic music, with additional liner notes from author Tim Lawrence provided on the 12”, giving insights into the history and evolution of “Weekend” and the lasting impact it had on the electronic music of today. “Now more than ever it feels important to be putting out dance music with deliberate acknowledgment of its history.” says Orlando. “It’s great to be releasing music with Simon, not to mention the first release on his label.”
The 12” is the first to arrive via Bonobo’s new label, OUTLIER—formed in partnership with Ninja Tune—and expands on the series of club shows and festival stage takeovers under that same banner. Launched at the iconic, though now sadly shuttered New York club Output, OUTLIER sees Bonobo playing and curating an array of nights and festivals on either side of the Atlantic which has so far included Field Day, Nuits Sonores, OFFSonar and more. The new imprint will “reflect the more club focused side of what I’m building with OUTLIER” he explains. “‘Heartbreak’ seems like a good starting point and was the track that became the catalyst to start the label. One for the dance floors in a time when they’re dearly missed.”
Little Dragon – Paris (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Holiday Edit)
London-based electronic producer and DJ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (or simply T.E.E.D) has turned Little Dragon‘s Nabuma Rubberband cut “Paris,” into a ready-for-the-club jam. Stream it below and get Nabuma Rubberband here.
Video: Dillon Francis – Without You feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Here’s the video for “Without You”, a lowkey, but still-danceable collaboration between Mad Decent’s Dillon Francis and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. As Francis says: "This song is very meaningful to me because as TEED and i were working on the song i was having relationship problems of my own. He ended up writing the song about the whole situation i was going through.." Buy the single here.
Disclosure – F For You (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
Oxford-based beatmaker Orlando Higginbottom, a.k.a. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (or T.E.E.D.) has shared his house remix of London’s duo Disclosure‘s latest single “F For You“, from their debut album “Settle”. The “F For You” remix EP is coming out soon via PMR Records.
Video: Banks – Warm Water
We’ve already blogged about “Warm Water”, the brand new single from rising LA-based electronic singer/songwriter Banks, roduced by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Check out the black-and-white official video by Dylan Knight. Out now via Good Years Recordings.